Choosing the Best CT Wedding Photographer
First of all, if you're looking for the best CT Wedding Photographer, I think some congratulations are in order! Did you just get engaged? CONGRATU-FREAKING-LATIONS! Let the fun begin! It's time to celebrate and start researching your vendors. I know the overwhelming feeling that comes with searching through so many pages trying to find the BEST CT wedding photographer. There are so many, how will you ever choose?
Starting is probably the most daunting part. You've said yes, your venue is booked, and planning is in full swing. You're on your way to walking down the aisle to marry your best friend and that is AMAZING, but now what? Finding a photographer doesn't have to be super hard, but it will take a little bit of work and digging to make sure you find the right fit for you. In this blog I'm going to tell you everything you need to go out and find the perfect photographer for your big day. Let's jump into it!
There's nothing like some good ol' word of mouth recommendation. This way, you have firsthand knowledge of things like the photographer's personality, what it's like to work with them, how organized they are, and quality of work. If you've saw that girl from 7th grade post her wedding photos and you liked them, reach out and find out who she worked with! If she had a positive experience, chances are she won't mind sharing the name of her photographer with you.
A personal recommendation will help you feel more comfortable reaching out to the photographer and starting that process. Already, a little bit of trust is built just because you know someone who knows them! When you inquire with me, I like to know how you heard about me and a personal recommendation makes my heart SING.
Check facebook groups
There are tons of Facebook groups (like Connecticut Brides to Be) designed for brides! Get in there and pop the question. "Hey guys, I'm looking for the best CT wedding photographer, who's got a recommendation?!" Not only will past and current brides chime in with their photographers and recommendations, but many photographers themselves are in those groups waiting to shoot their shot. This way can be a little overwhelming, but it's always nice to have a collection of people in one space. One thing I've noticed is that you can totally gauge personality by the way vendors respond to these posts. Personality is a huge factor when you're choosing your photographer. You want someone that's going to mesh well with you and your fiancé, so make this a top priority next to skill on your check list.
Google, instagram, instagram hashtags
We can't forget about the tried and true search engine method! I don't know about you, but I still use Google for everything. Type in "best CT wedding photographer" and see who pops up! While you're there check out the Google reviews and see what other people are saying about them. I have to read reviews for absolutely everything before I make a purchase. If the majority of people have had a great experience, they're totally worth checking out!
You can do the same thing on Instagram to search for a Connecticut wedding photographer. Utilize those hashtags so you can search through images that catch your eye, find a profile and head to their website for more info! Grab a snack, and a glass of wine, and start making your way through those pages.
Find a Style
There are so many different styles of photography, so this one might be a little bit tricky in the beginning. Really look at how your wedding photographer uses color and light. Do they edit on the darker side for a more moody vibe? Do you see photos that are brighter and more airy? Are the bold? Softer? Check out the tones and see if it's a match for what you're looking for. There's no right or wrong here, it's totally a personal preference for what YOU want.
Spend time looking through their portfolio on their website (a website is a non negotiable for me. I'm always wary of people that don't have a website up and running). Is their work consistent or all over the place? Do you like the type of photos you're seeing? Are they capturing a wide range of the day?
Spend time on their social media. I spend all my social media time on Instagram. Are they actively posting? Are they showing up in their stories? This says a lot about the consistency and commitment of the photographer. If their last post was from a year ago, they might not be too active in their business. Don't write them off completely if other things check out (we can't all be on IG all the time!) but definitely investigate a little more. Do find someone whose style you love. Do not ask your photographer to change their style. When you hire a photographer, you're hiring them for their art. If you don't like their art, find someone else's who you do love!
Get to know your Wedding Photographer
Read their website
Before you even get to the inquiry stage where you contact a photographer, get to know them. You can do this by reading through their website. Are they super professional or more relaxed? Do they come across as excited to work with you? Are they totally hype or majorly chill? The words on a website are a total give away to personality. If you think they'd vibe with you- hit that contact button!
Check out their social media
You can DEFINITELY get a feel for the personality of your photographer if they are active on social media. Stalk them. Seriously. Spend a week in their corner of the internet and see what they're like. Do you think they're funny? Too weird for you? Are you more introverted and know their personality is not a good fit? You can tell a lot about a person by what they post.
Chemistry Over Everything.
Without a doubt your photographer should have great photos, and editing style that speaks to you, and cameras to do the job well. Aside from that YOU NEED TO VIBE. I can't stress this enough. You're spending all day with your wedding photographer. They're going to be there for one of the biggest and most vulnerable times in your life. You HAVE to like them. You have to trust them. You have to get along with them. You should have multiple points of connection with them before you book to really understand who they are, what they do, and if together, you'll be able to create some magical moments captured on your wedding day.
With these tips, you're on your way to finding your best CT wedding photographer- beyond the pretty photos. Share this with a friend who's struggling to find the right photographer and help 'em out!