5 Things to Consider Before Hiring Your Photographer

Because I enjoy making lists, I advise taking these five considerations into account before hiring a photographer.

No. 1 - Portfolio. Choose a photographer with elopement expertise and a portfolio that demonstrates their talent for capturing private and unposed moments. Elopements are typically intimate events so you will want a photographer who can capture images in a candid and authentic way.

It is also important to keep in mind that every photographer has their own editing style. Some photographers prefer a more traditional, classic look while others may have a more moody or film-like style. Take the time to review portfolios to get a sense of an editing style which aligns with your personal taste.

Additionally, consider the photographer's approach to an elopement day. Some photographers focus on story-telling while others focus on capturing the essence of the moment. Make sure you choose someone whose approach matches your vision of your day.

No. 2 - Experience. Consider hiring a photographer who has shot elopements before, as they will be familiar with the unique challenges and opportunities that come with this type of event. Elopements can be unpredictable so it's important to find a photographer who can easily adapt to changes. Additionally, you may want to consider if the photographer has any experience shooting in the location of your elopement. Photographers with experience shooting in the same location can provide useful tips and suggestions to make the most of the place and create beautiful images that will be unique to your experience.

No. 3 - Personality. Your photographer will be with you for a significant amount of your day therefore it is essential to select someone who you get along with and will make you feel comfortable. They will be capturing some of the most intimate and personal moments of your special day, so you want to make sure that you feel at ease in their presence.

Intimate moment between couple.  Featuring Three Fawns Photography photographer and her husband

It is important to have a consultation with the photographer before hiring them to discuss your expectations, vision, and preferences. This will give you an opportunity to get to know them and ask any questions you may have, as well as help you assess whether they are a good fit for you and your wedding day. A good photographer will also be a guide and a calming presence on your wedding day, helping you navigate through the schedule, and provide some helpful tips to make you look and feel your best.

No. 4 - Price. When searching for a photographer, it is important to keep in mind your budget and the needs of your wedding day. Make sure that the package offered covers all the moments you want documented, such as getting ready, ceremony coverage, and any planned activities or reception photos. Additionally, you may want to consider if the photographer offers additional services such as a second shooter, albums, or prints. These services can add to the overall cost of the package but may be worth the investment for preserving your memories.

No. 5 - Recommendations. It is always a good idea to seek recommendations from friends, family, and other elopement vendors when searching for a photographer. You may also consider joining a Facebook group for local brides to ask for recommendations. Friends and family who recently eloped can provide personal insights on their experiences such as the photographer's professionalism, quality of work, and how the photographer made them feel on their wedding day. Vendor recommendations can be helpful as well since they likely have worked with a wide variety of photographers. They can provide their thoughts on which photographers they believe to be the most reliable, communicative, and easy to work with. Obtaining recommendations from any of these sources can be an effective way to find a photographer who is reliable and reputable.