5 reasons you should look for the best Columbus wedding photographers
So it’s time to plan your wedding photography and I believe you should start by finding the best wedding photographers.
So you ask why?
Notice I did not say hire.
Start looking at the best and build your version of the best. Your goal in your searching is to start finding a style, budget and wedding package that fits you. I am in the Columbus Ohio area and I can tell you there are over a hundred wedding photographers and it’s tough to choose. Most likely you have never hired a photographer before. Maybe you just have a friend who is into wedding photography. No matter what you decide you need to define your ideal person. So look at these tips to help guide you and maybe give you some great wedding ideas.
Remember one thing…we are establishing what your version of “the best wedding photographer” is.
1. What do the best wedding photography packages cost?
Very good question.
I have no idea. LOL
You must establish what a “best wedding photographer” costs. I wish there was one answer but there will be a huge range. But by finding what this range is in your area you will start to know what to expect. Wedding photography should not be the cheap part of your wedding. So throw out the cheap ones and there will be some that will be extremely high. Look at each and decide if they fit “your best”. This will also help build a budget range you will be looking for.
2. What style is of photography are you looking for?
Some of the best wedding photographers in Ohio have already been through the development of a true style.
What is style?
Style is the look of a photographer’s wedding day photos that give them a uniqueness. It might be a color palette or crispness of the images. It could be their wedding samples are a little more candid or lean towards the classic portrait type. Again start to look at what you as the bride or groom want to see. The top-rated photographers will have some great stylized wedding photos to look at. Find what you like and that helps narrow your list done.
3. Are you looking for a wedding album?
Wedding albums are really hit or miss with most top rated wedding photographers in Columbus Ohio and many areas. Some just don’t want to be bothered or some don’t have the additional skill to build them. But, there are some out there with some beautiful wedding albums. Take a look at all the variations in style being offered. If it’s something you want you are going to have to ask who a wedding photographer uses. I personally use GraphiStudio out of Italy. They do a fantastic job and offer me so many options to customize my albums to match the wedding images I give a client. What you don’t want is an album just ordered from any website that is on sale for $50. Your photographer should be using a high-quality company that knows how to print archival books.
Also, be prepared for sticker shock! A wedding album has a huge range of prices so just take a deep breath.
4. How Many images does a typical wedding photographer shoot?
So this is a 2 part answer.
There is a difference with how many images a photographer shoots and how many do they give you. For me, I tend to shoot less than most photographers but that’s my background. I believe a “best wedding photographer” knows and understands light. They know exactly how to pose a couple and it does not take 20 images to get the photo. A great wedding photographer understands time is valuable during a fast-paced day and get the shot and move on to getting another shot.
Now the second part.
How many photos do you get. You do not want all the photos. You do not want just 50 photos either. See how many EDITED wedding photos you will get. See what level of editing is done. I like to give 400 – 600 edited stylized wedding photos. I don’t retouch every blemish but they have a “look” to them. I also go beyond the basic exposure and color edits.
5. Stress free weddings….ahhhh
With experience comes experience.
Sounds dumb right? The best wedding photographers got that way because they have also photographed a lot of weddings. Weddings can be stressful but they don’t have to be. A professional wedding photographer has just about seen it all. They are prepared for anything and lived through it. The good ones will not be stressed and will be someone to lean on. Start to get a gauge of how much experience you are comfortable with or how little.
Regardless of who you choose for your wedding photography its about your big day. Do the research and find the person that best fits you.