Best friend—by definition they’re our therapists, partner-in-crime, keeper of secrets, stylist, and personal photographer (to name a few). They know what suits us, and what doesn’t; whether it’s what color look we look fabulous in, angles that make us look good, or lighting that highlights our natural beauty. Here at Roam Rentals, we believe that the people you work with when planning your big day—whether it be a wedding or birthday party—should be this way too! One of the people you’re going to be getting up close and personal with is your photographer, so it’s important that the two of you are practically BFF’s. Keep reading to find out all the details.
1. Style Match
First of all, we’d like to point out it is important that you know what type of style you would like to have your photos taken in. If you prefer the darker, moodier types of photos, you probably don’t want to choose a photographer who uses a lot of exposure. How do you feel about film versus digital? –These are things you must consider when determining your style so you can begin your quest for finding a photographer.
We suggest you do your research and look through photographer’s websites, blogs, galleries, Pinterest, or even Instagram to get a feel of what their style may be. Take a look at the types of photos they take, do they take more of landscape, portraits, or lifestyle pictures? Do they shoot indoors, outdoors, or both? Some photographers are able to do a blend of different styles. You could even read reviews or ask for recommendations to get a better idea if they are the right fit for you.
2. Personality Match
After you’ve done your research and determined your style it’s time to start contacting a few photographers. And we say a few just in case something doesn’t work out then you’ll have options. It’s probably best to ask if it would be possible to sit down and have a cup of coffee with them before you make any final decisions.
This way you can discuss any important details such as venue, wedding style, and vision. Hopefully, they share the same values and understand your request. Observe the way they respond to you—are they excited for your vision? Do they make suggestions in a respectful manner or are they timid?
Don't forget, they will also be working alongside other vendors such as the videographers, caterer, DJ, etc. so they need to be able to get along with others as well.
When meeting the photographer ask yourself how comfortable are you around them? The more comfortable you are with them around, the more relaxed you will be and it will be better reflected in the picture results. Also, remember that your photographer will also be around your guests, so finding someone who is able convince even the shyest of guests to pose or smile for the camera will be able to capture memories for everyone.
Speaking of which, it is also important to let your photographer know of any details that they should be sensitive to. Whether it is family or friends who don’t get along or a guest who is unable to stand and must remain sitting—find someone you are comfortable with enough to share this information with and who will respect it. There will also be a range of emotions at whichever event you plan for, but their job is to remain calm. If they are calm and consistent, then there is no need to worry about how your photos will turn out! The last thing you need is for anyone to be feeling judged. If you are comfortable with your photographer having fun and making new poses should be fun and honest critique should not be an issue.
I guess what we’re trying to say is that it’s important for both you and your photographer that you get along well. When you do, your overall vision can come to life and be remembered forever through the amazing moments they capture. We wish you luck on your quest to finding the perfect photographer BFF for you!
All photos are taken by one of our favorites: Ashley Goodwin Photography —click on her name to see more of her amazing work!