Choosing your Colorado wedding photographer is a big decision! After you get engaged, they’re one of the first vendors you should book, preceded only by your wedding planner and venue. Accordingly, searching for this vendor and the pressure of choosing the right one can be overwhelming. However, when you hire a wedding planner to guide you through the process, it doesn’t have to be!
As Colorado wedding planners, we frequently assist our clients with finding the perfect local photographer to fit their needs. We’re familiar with the best of the best and know what couples need to ask a photographer (or themselves!) before deciding to book. So, we’ve created this list of the top seven questions you should consider before taking the plunge! Read on to familiarize yourself with them before hopping on a discovery call.
7 Questions to Ask Your Colorado Wedding Photographer
Do I Need a Second Shooter?
While hiring a photographer with a second shooter is slightly pricier, it’s an expense that we suggest all couples consider before booking a photographer. The reason is simple: having two lenses capturing your day ensures no meaningful moment or detail goes undocumented! Often, the second shooter will capture your wedding day details so the primary photographer can focus on being present in the moment.
Two cameras also increase the chance that your photographer won’t miss those special, candid moments between you and your guests. If you’re still undecided, ask to see two galleries from a prospective photographer—one with and one without a second shooter. This way, you can ensure you’re happy with the final product that only one photographer can provide you versus two.
Do I Need a Wedding Album?
In our opinion? Yes, or you won’t ever print one! Trust us—these are some of the most important photos of your life, and you’ll want to treasure them forever. But after the excitement of the big day dies down and the busyness of life picks back up, the last thing you’ll be thinking about is going through the work of designing and printing a wedding album. Hence, it’s best to hire a photographer to perform this service for you!
Some photographers already include an album in their packages, while others have it as an add-on. We recommend going through your photographer for your wedding album rather than on an online site for more than just convenience. With a professional photographer, you can expect an heirloom-quality album. In other words, the colors won’t fade, the pages won’t rip, and the binding won’t fall apart as the album sees wear and tear over time. It’ll last you for years, so you can one day show your children and grandchildren the images from that special day!
Moreover, don’t forget to ask about albums for your parents and grandparents—they make great gifts for them or anyone who occupies a special place in your heart!
Can I See a Full Wedding Gallery?
Social media and websites only show a tiny fraction of a photographer’s work. So, always ask to see a full wedding gallery if you’re seriously considering hiring a photographer! Look over the whole gallery to assess how the photographer handles low-lighting situations (especially if your venue is indoors) and if you like their use of flash. Doing this will also give you a sense of how they style flatlays, pose their couples, and capture guests.
Is an Engagement Session Required?
We always encourage our clients to book an engagement session with their wedding photographer, whether required or not! This session is a great opportunity to meet your photographer face-to-face and get comfortable with being in front of their camera. While you can always put this off until your wedding day, we highly advise against it! The last thing you want is to feel uncomfortable on your special day—or worse, end up unhappy with your photos.
Some photographers include a complimentary engagement session in their packages, while others have it as an add-on. Be sure to also clarify this before deciding to book!
How Would You Describe Your Photography Style?
There are many wedding photography styles, and there is a Colorado wedding photographer to suit any couple’s taste! Styles can vary according to editing (e.g., light and airy vs. true-to-life color vs. dark and moody), how the photographer uses light, and how they pose (or don’t pose!) their couples. As you browse different photographers’ galleries, consider which one most closely aligns with your vision. For example, do you love posed portraits or prefer a documentary-style approach?
Keep in mind that photographers usually have a set editing style that reflects their artistry and preferences. So, if you’re interested in a dual approach like Hybrid Film Photography, only reach out to those who offer it (i.e., don’t ask a photographer to “change” their editing style for you!).
Do I Feel Comfortable With This Photographer?
You’ll spend more time with your photographer than any other vendor on your wedding day, so it’s crucial that you feel comfortable with them! If you’re worried about feeling anxious behind the camera, working with a high-energy introvert when you’re a reserved introvert isn’t going to help (and vice versa). Try to get a sense of a photographer’s personality while on a discovery call to gauge if you would enjoy working with them.
What is Plan B if Something Unexpected Happens?
The best photographers don’t just have an associate photographer or second shooter. They also have a thorough Plan B worked out in case of unexpected circumstances such as illness or inclement weather. If a prospective photographer doesn’t have an answer to this question, we recommend moving on with your search!
While choosing a Colorado wedding photographer can be stressful, you can mitigate the stress with the help of a wedding planner and this list of seven questions. With answers to these questions, you’ll be prepared to hire the photographer who is the best fit for your needs and personality!
Are you ready to start planning your Colorado wedding? Your first step is hiring a wedding planner! The Sapphire Celebrations team would be delighted to assist you with designing your distinctive Colorado event, whether you’re a local couple or planning a destination wedding in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. With decades of industry experience and family roots dating back to 1907, we’re confident no team is better qualified to deliver a Colorado wedding that exceeds your every expectation. Inquire today!
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Sapphire Celebrations combines the energy, perspective and creativity of two generations when planning weddings and events throughout Colorado. Founded by a mother and daughter team, Sapphire Celebrations reflects their Colorado heritage. With family roots dating back to 1907 and covering the northeastern plains and Rocky Mountain vistas, there is no team better qualified to plan your Colorado wedding or special event.
Pamela and Angie are proud of the high level of service for which Sapphire Celebrations has come to be known. Two principal wedding designers and four event concierges take pride in exceeding the expectations of couples who entrust us with their wedding day.