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How to Choose Your Ann Arbor Wedding Photographer

Ann Arbor brides-to-be, we are THRILLED to meet you and share inspiration for your Ann Arbor wedding! This gem of a city, offering both small-town charm and urban sophistication, leaves brides with the perfect setting for their Michigan wedding. As you and your fiancé begin to plan for your big day, you’ll schedule a lot of meetings with various Ann Arbor wedding vendors to start to piece together your dream team to carry out your vision, including your wedding photographer! Your Ann Arbor wedding photographer will create a collection of gorgeous images that will continue to bring back the emotions of your nuptials for years to come.

Finding that perfect photographer, however, is not always an easy feat. With so many talented photographers in the area, how do you begin to choose the right person to document your Ann Arbor wedding? Don’t fret! We’ve got some tips to help you find the right match for you and your fiancé.

Style

The first two things you will probably notice about any Ann Arbor wedding photographer's, website, blog, or Facebook page, are his or her artistic style and the types of soirées they are accustomed to photographing. As you begin to visualize your own day, scroll through area photographers’ portfolios and see if their style and creativity aligns with what you are hoping to get from your wedding photos.

Whether coordinating a modern yet charming affair or a traditional, intimate gathering, you deserve to continuously be wowed by your wedding images for years to come. Hiring a wedding photographer who can capture the essence of your day in a way that best represents you will make feel confident on your big day and overall pleased with your wedding planning experience!

Ann Arbor wedding photographer Nicole Haley, of Nicole Haley Photography, shares:

”Make sure you feel comfortable both with your photographer as well as their style of work. Looking at the photographer's previous work on their website, blog, and any social media outlet is a great way to make sure their style fits with the way you want your day captured. If the photographer you are considering makes you feel comfortable, that's wonderful. But also make sure you are familiar with and love their work!”

Personal Connection

Let’s face it! You will be spending a lot of time with your Ann Arbor wedding photographer in the months leading up to your big day and even after you tie the knot to design your wedding album. That's not even to mention that on your actual wedding day, you’ll probably see more of him or her than your fiancé! Hiring a wedding photographer who you and your significant other genuinely have a personal connection with might be one of the most important factors to consider when choosing who will be behind the lens on your wedding day.

After all, wouldn’t you rather hire a wedding photographer who feels more like a longtime friend and know that he or she is looking out for you before, during, and after your wedding day? You might not think much of it now, but you will come to appreciate his or her friendliness and calming demeanor during some of the most chaotic moments of your wedding day. Natalie of Natalie Mae Photography writes:

“Find someone who matches your style and meet with them face-to-face (or do a phone consultation if that is not an option). Photographers spend every minute with the couple on their wedding day, one of the most important days of their lives, so you really get to know someone in those few short hours. Before their wedding is over my couples typically feel like we've been lifelong friends.”

Cost

The least romantic talk to have with your fiancé: your wedding budget! Most Ann Arbor brides spend between $2,500 and $4,000 on their wedding photography alone, though that cost can vary based on your wedding photographer’s experience as well as items that are included in his or her wedding packages. If you come across an Ann Arbor wedding photographer whose work resonates with you, but his or her packages seem a bit out of your budget, schedule a consultation with him or her anyways and see if the two of you can work something out. Some photographers are able to help design a custom packages that permit you to have ample coverage on your wedding day or allow you to purchase albums and prints at a later date as á la carte items.

Regardless, you should select a wedding photographer whose art you and your fiancé are completely smitten with. After all, these collections will be passed down from generation to generation as family keepsakes, so shouldn’t your photos continually bring back those warm feelings from your wedding day and take your breath away for years to come?

Ask the Right Questions

During your initial consultations with Ann Arbor wedding photographers, you’ll want to make sure you ask the right questions so you can get all the information you and your fiancé need to make a decision. Here are some of the questions you should be asking during that first meeting:

  • How long have you been a professional wedding photographer?
  • How many weddings in Ann Arbor have you photographed?
  • Have you photographed a wedding at my wedding venue before?
  • Will you have a second shooter? Is that cost built into your packages or is it an additional fee?
  • How would you describe your working style?
  • What is your cancellation policy?
  • If our event goes longer than anticipated, how much do you charge for overtime? What is your policy in situations like this?
  • Do you have liability insurance?
  • How many weddings do you take on a year?
  • Is an engagement session included in your packages? If not, what would they cost?
  • Is a formal wedding album built in to your package price? If not, how much do they tend to cost?

For other important questions to ask your Ann Arbor wedding photographer, check out our article here.

Go With Your Gut

If you consider yourself more of a Miranda Hobbes than a Carrie Bradshaw, this might be a bit difficult, but in the end of the day, you should feel confident (and excited!) about your wedding photographer. I realize this sounds a bit obvious, but so many times, brides feel that they cannot justify hiring their preferred wedding photographer for a host of reasons. In times like these, it’s best to trust your instinct go with enlist the photographer who you feel most drawn to and save yourself from regretting your decision down the road.

Natalie of Natalie Mae Photography shares:

“My biggest advice is please don't skimp! You'll only regret it in the end. I've heard too many horror stories from couples who chose to go the cheaper route and ended up with nightmare photos. Underexposed, photos missing, and important shots missed. Professional photographers are called professional for a reason—not everyone with a camera can do this job!”

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