You're engaged!!

...Now what?

One of the most important vendors to book for your wedding day is your photographer. In fact, the majority of your day will revolve around the timeline of photography. Not only do photographers determine the flow of your day, but also bear the responsibility of capturing memories that will last a lifetime.

There are so many factors to consider when booking your photographer (some obvious, some not so obvious). As you start the journey of wedding planning, here are a few things to consider when booking such a special role in your day!

1. Narrow in on your budget

An obvious one to start, but important nonetheless.

The quality and amount of coverage you get for your wedding day will often depend on the budget you have. The best way to determine your budget is by researching local photographers and look at their "investment" or "information" pages to see what their average investment looks like.

Many photographers charge based on hourly rates, with common packages of 6, 8, or 10 hours of coverage. Some photographers may choose to include things like engagement sessions or a second shooter, or offer them at an additional cost. If it is not mentioned on their price list, these are two important things to ask about or consider!

Bride and groom kissing with a swooshing veil

2. Know your style and their's

Hiring a photographer or videographer means embracing their creative eye.

When you book a photographer or videographer, you are hiring them for their style of posing and editing. One of the best ways to understand a photographer's editing and approach to your day is to ask for galleries or blogs of wedding days. This is one of the best ways to get an intimate look at the amount and quality of coverage you will get the day of your wedding day.

Please note something important: Wedding photographers will not edit photos any other way than their own. Thus, it is important that you do thorough research of your photographer's editing style before booking!

Vibrant fresh flower bridal bouquet

3. Ask about their values

What is their approach to wedding photography? What do they value the most about their work?

Asking the how's and why's is totally expected! Most photographers are happy to share with you why they got into the business, as well as why they love shooting weddings & engagements! Your photographer should also be willing to discuss what their approach to wedding days is, which is often telling of their processes, organization, and flow to wedding days. Wedding photography is a big deal- it is important that your photographer's values about wedding photography align with your own.

Here are some questions to get you started:

1) What is your approach to wedding days?

2) Do you capture more candid or posed photos?

3) What does your timeline on wedding days look like?

Bridal details flat lay of rings, jewelry, invitation suite, and florals

4. Make a point to meet!

Whether it's a phone call or Zoom, a coffee shop or ice cream- meeting is a must!

Nothing gives more reassurance than putting a face to the name. It is critically important that you take time (even if its just 30 minutes) to meet with your potential vendors, whether it's photography, videography, DJ, or day-of coordination. Meeting synchronously can help you (& us!) decide whether or not we are truly the best fit for your photography needs!

We often bring our potential & current clients out to coffee- on us! (And if you are meeting from a distance, we MUST know your Venmo! Coffee is a must no matter the distance!)

Bride softly smiling into mirror

5. Feel the love

Above all, it is important that you feel a connection with your photographer.

Your photographer, after your future spouse, will be the person you are with the most throughout your wedding day. Find a photographer who is honest, kind, organized, and ready to make your wedding day both go-with-the-flow and fun! Find a photographer who is not only a friend, but someone who is willing to go out of their way to ensure that the memories on your wedding day are captured thoughtfully.

Bride and groom kissing in field

Images by Archer is a

husband & Wife

Photo & Film Team

Dedicated to capturing timeless & authentic love stories in Fargo-Moorhead & beyond