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How to Know If a Photographer is Right for You

As you begin to build out your team of wedding professionals, you will have to make many decisions on who to hire for your wedding team. Here’s how to know if a photographer is right for you.

Chinese American Wedding Photography by Joy Photo and Video

Throughout your wedding planning process, you will likely meet with multiple wedding photographers before deciding on “The One.” Deciding who to partner with from behind the camera is an important decision because they will be the one who helps to document your wedding day. It’s important that you select a photographer who is compatible with you and your significant other so that you feel comfortable and confident with the outcome.

How to Know if You’ve Found Your Wedding Photographer

Once you begin to narrow down your research of wedding vendors, here are three questions that you and your significant other should ask yourselves before ‘signing on the dotted line.’

Wedding photo ideas: Chinese American wedding

1. Is the photographer clear about their services and offerings?

One of the most important aspects of selecting a wedding photographer will be making sure that you understand the services they offer and how much they will cost. This is more important than you realize because transparency has a direct correlation with trust.

At Joy Photo and Video, we know how important it is to be transparent with your couples. Setting the right expectations will make everyone happier with the result. As you begin your research, we know that visibility to pricing is critical. This is why we publish the pricing for each of our offerings---from packages to add-ons. And once you decide to book with us, we have a clear agreement that gets put in place so that you know exactly what to expect. No surprises.

2. Does their past work reflect the style that you’re looking for?

While wedding themes will vary based on personal interest and culture, most photographers have a signature “style.”

Wedding planning tips: How to know if you've found your photographer

As you sort through portfolios, take some time to reflect on their style. Do they shoot more indoor or outdoor weddings? How do they use the light to their advantage? Do they choose the right angles and set the right scenarios for good shots? Begin to think through these things so that you can visualize whether they’d be the right partner.

We have a large award-winning team who each have their own distinct specialties, all while producing a high-quality and personable experience. It’s our goal to pair you with someone who matches your style.

For the most part, our photos are light and airy. We have a fair balance between classic and candid to share your big day. We specialize in both outdoor and indoor photography and have a lot of experience at key venues.

3. Do they communicate in a way that makes you feel like you have a partner?

Wedding photo tips: how to choose your photographer

The third thing to think through to determine how to know a photographer is right for you is going to another type of style---communication.

The right wedding photographer will make you feel seen and heard. They will have prompt communication and show that they value your time. Most importantly: the right photographer will help add to your wedding memories, not serve as a neutral vendor, or detract from your day in any way.

We pride ourselves on our communication. But don’t listen to us, check out what real bride Caitlyn had to say about working with us. “The whole process working witwas so easy, simple, and stress-free, They communicated well with us and explained the whole process, and they even provided a timeline for photos that helped me plan the rest of my day. Everything turned out perfect!”- Caitlyn, Joy bride

How to Know if You’ve Found Your Wedding Photographer

Wedding photography ideas with bride and groom suggests to go with your gut (after all, you trusted your gut when you chose your partner, right?!) “Once you've evaluated each photographer's work and fees, and narrowed down the options, it's time to make your decision. Don't forget that you'll be spending the entire wedding day with this person, so you want to make sure you feel completely comfortable with the photographer. Do you and your fiancé genuinely like this person? Do you feel like the three of you click?”

Chinese-American bride at multi-cultural wedding

If you’re looking for someone to partner with for your photography and videography, we would love the opportunity to connect with you!

We’re filling up our calendar for all the big days planned for 2023 and would love to see how we can help meet your needs. We hope this helped give you some clarity on how to know if a photographer is right for you. Click here to get in touch.

[Photoshoot in the spotlight: Jeriame + Tina]

Choose Joy,

The Joy Team


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