How to choose the right photographer

Choosing the right photographer for you wedding can seem like either an easy task, or a challenging one, often for the same primary reason: there are SO MANY of us.

So how do you make sure you get the photographer that's the right fit for you? Here are some things to keep in mind when hunting for your dream photographer:

Artistic Style

Most photographers have a "style" or and "aesthetic" that they gravitate towards in the pursuit of their images. This helps their portfolio look cohesive, and helps you know what your images will look like as finished products. This style tends to focus on the coloring of the images, but can also include the stylization of the posing. A few styles that are common today:

- Dark and moody. This is punctuated by dark, dramatic images, often in a style that would feel like it belonged in a Zac Snyder film.
- Bright and airy. This tends to be the exact opposite of dark and moody. Extremely bright images that often feel very pastel-ish and youthful
- Classic. This look tends to forego the other styles and adhere to what the photographers consider to be a realistic representation of the reality they're capturing.

To simplify: bright and airy is usually very bright and there are fewer areas of shadow in the image. Dark and moody tend to have deep dark spots in the image that feel dense and intense. Classic tries to have a blend of the two, often using lighting to accomplish the looks (this doesn't mean that the other looks do not ALSO sometimes use lighting).