It’s no secret that we love wedding photos around here. While we normally only share a handful from each day, when our couples and their photographers send us their photos we get to see hundreds from each wedding. We have seen a lot of amazing photos over the years, from emotional first looks and sweet portraits to epic night shots and perfectly laid out flat lays, and nothing makes us happier than knowing our couples will get to relive their big day again and again through their photos. 

With that said, though, there are a lot of wedding photographers out there. We have a list of recommended photographers that have shot weddings with us that you can check out here, but we’re also firm believers that there’s a perfect photographer out there for every couple so do your research and find who you will click with. As you’re narrowing down your list and figuring out which photographer to book – and once you’ve selected one – here are some of our favorite things to keep in mind to ensure you get the best wedding photos that you absolutely LOVE. 

Consider the photography style that you gravitate towards. 

A huge part of loving your wedding photos is choosing a photographer who shoots in the style that you like. If you love light and airy photos, you probably won’t want to choose a photographer who primarily does moody edits. Similarly, if artistic, creative shots are what you’re after, you’ll want to find a photographer that’s experienced in that style. This is also probably somewhere where you shouldn’t “branch out” and try a style that you haven’t done before. While it can be tempting to go with a well known photographer that’s super popular, if their vibe isn’t a natural mesh for the style of photos you like then you probably won’t be as happy with them long term. 

Ask your photographer if they have a sample album (or two) that they can show you. 

This is so so important. Every single photographer can have shining moments with a handful of photos, but you want to choose a photographer that captures the entire day how you want it to be captured. Once you’ve really narrowed in on your photographers and think you’ve found the one, ask if you can see an entire wedding day album, not just the highlight photos. Did they capture special moments how you want? Are the posed photos still natural? Are the candid photos on the dance floor what you’re envisioning? The album won’t be identical to what you’re going to get, but it will give you a great feel for if it’s a photographer that will capture your day how you want in its entirety. 

Consider booking an engagement shoot. 

We seriously can’t recommend engagement photos with your photographer enough! Not only will it help you build a connection with your photographer and make you more comfortable interacting with them on the day of your wedding, but it will also give you experience with their photos. You’ll likely be more comfortable posing with one another as a couple and you may even learn that you have a favorite pose or side that you didn’t know beforehand. Taking those lessons and translating them to the wedding day means you’re more likely to have even more photos that you love from your big day. We also recommend bridal photos to fine tune your bridal day look – you can read more about why we love them here.