Choosing a Wedding Photographer: Tips and Considerations

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Choosing a Wedding Photographer: Tips and Considerations

Choosing a wedding photographer is an important decision that can have a big impact on the memories of your special day. While it’s natural to want to save money on your wedding budget, it’s important to remember that your photographer will be responsible for capturing the moments and details that you’ll look back on for years to come. Here are some tips to help you choose the best wedding photographer for your needs.

  1. Consider their style: Wedding photographers have their own unique styles, ranging from traditional and posed to candid and photojournalistic. Take a look at their portfolio to get a sense of their style and see if it aligns with your vision for your wedding photos.

  2. Look at their portfolio: A photographer’s portfolio is a great way to see their work and get a feel for their style. Be sure to look at a range of photos, including ones taken in different lighting conditions and at different times of the day. This will help you get a sense of their skills and abilities. Weddings require a different set of skills compared to a portrait session. From timeline changes to different lighting conditions, weddings can be demanding and it’s important to see a complete gallery of a wedding and how your photographer handled the day.

  3. Read reviews: Look for reviews or testimonials from past clients to get a sense of their experience working with the photographer. This can be a good way to gauge the quality of their work and their professionalism.

  4. Meet in person: It’s a good idea to meet with potential photographers in person to discuss your needs and get to know them. This will give you a chance to ask questions and see if you feel comfortable working with them. Personally I like to either meet virtually or in person.

  5. Discuss your budget: Be upfront about your budget with your potential photographers. They should be able to provide you with a range of packages and options that fit your needs and budget.

  6. Don’t forget about personality: While skills and experience are important, it’s also important to choose a photographer that you feel comfortable with. You’ll be spending a lot of time with them on your wedding day, so it’s important to choose someone that you feel comfortable around.

  7. Consider their availability: Make sure the photographer you choose is available on your wedding date. It’s a good idea to book them as far in advance as possible to ensure they are available. I suggest inquiring at least a year in advance.

  8. Ask about their backup plan: It’s important to have a backup plan in case something goes wrong on your wedding day. Ask your photographer about their backup plan for equipment and what they would do if they were unable to photograph your wedding.

In conclusion, choosing a wedding photographer is an important decision that can have a big impact on the memories of your special day. Take the time to do your research, meet with potential photographers in person, and consider their style, portfolio, and reviews. Don’t be afraid to be upfront about your budget. With these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to finding the perfect photographer for your needs.

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Hey there, I’m Michelle!

Wedding Photographer + Creative behind GunnShot Photography.

With over 3 years of wedding experience, I help couples feel comfortable, confident and capture timeless memories to share for years to come.

As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I provide invaluable insight on how to navigate the wedding planning process as a queer couple in this heteronormative wedding world. You two can can create your own traditions and I’ll be there to capture those timeless moments.


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I specialize in inclusive wedding photography for all. I went from being engayged to being a Fresno Wedding Photographer when I couldn't find any photographers locally who held my same values.  

Fueled by equal parts coffee and passion,  I believe your story, your love, is beautiful and I can't wait to capture it in images you will treasure for years to come. I believe in real moments and genuine connection. In the kinds of images that remind you of the joy that can be found in the simplest of moments together. 

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