Wedding photography will be one of your largest expenses on your wedding day, especially if you go with a high end wedding photographer. I emailed Ben Hartley, of Style & Story Creative and asked him an annoying amount of questions about how to find and select the best photographer for your wedding, and what to watch out for. Here’s what he had to say
Where’s the best place to find the perfect photographer for your day?
Doing a local search is always my first recommendation, usually google does a pretty good job of ranking the best wedding photographers in your area. After you do your initial search, I’d head over to theknot.com and use some of their more advanced filters to find more potentials. I’d also recommend not limiting yourself to your city. There’s a lot of great photographers who will travel to nearby cities across the state.
Good wedding photography costs money
You really do get what you pay for in this industry. Good wedding photography costs a lot of money. A professional full framed DSLR camera will cost at least $3000 and then you have your lenses (300-$1500 a piece), editing software, storage, backups, etc.
What separates a lot of the lower tier photographers from the high end is equipment. Skill and creativity also plays a major role, but there a lot of the shots that we’re well known for just aren’t possible without the proper lighting and camera equipment. All of this overhead in addition to our time is what makes the higher end wedding photographers so expensive.
Generally you can expect to pay between $600-$1000 for a craigslist wedding photographer. After that is the mid tier which ranges from $2000-$3500, and then after that is the high end which will run between $4000-$15,000.
It’s not just about the photography
You are going to want to select your wedding photographer primarily on their work, but this is a person that will be sharing the most special day of your life with you. So while the quality of the photography is the most important element in hiring a wedding photographer, also take into account how well you get a long with the person or team as they will be a major part of your wedding day.
If you want to see what a truly great wedding photographer looks like head over to Ben’s website and view his work at www.StyleStoryCreative.com