Your wedding day is one of the most important events in your life, and capturing those precious moments are essential. Finding the perfect wedding photographer can be a daunting task. But, you’re in luck, we’re here with some thoughtfully-curated tips to help you get started.
Wedding photography can vary in cost, so it’s crucial to choose a photographer whose prices fit your budget. Keep in mind that investing in a good photographer is worth it. An average wedding photographer in Iowa can range from $3,000 to $5,000; while a high-end photographer with at least 10 years of experience and a couple hundred weddings under their belt will likely charge $4,500 and up.
It’s important to note, you get what you pay for. You might save money in the long run going the budget route but you may regret it. From poor quality equipment and inept editing skills to unprofessional contracts – hiring a less experienced photographer, often results in disappointment. Sure, you can save some money, but at the end of the day what matters is capturing your memories. 2-3 hours with a high-end photographer ensures better imagery than someone who is offering you 10 hours at $1500.
Investment with Christina Ney Photography begins at $3570 for a standard 8 hour associate collection. Most couples end up with 9 hours of photography coverage. Additional services incur additional costs; a second photographer, travel, or custom album are typically extra. Also keep in mind taxes and credit card convinces fees.
Before deciding on a photographer, identify the style you prefer. Compare different styles to determine what best suits your wedding vision. There are trendy styles with grainy, slightly-blurred photos, fine art wedding photography focusing on clean, crisp, timeless images, and photographers who find a balance between both. We at Christina Ney Photography consider our work as timeless imagery, with true to color editing, we value a balance of posed and unposed images.
Look for a photographer with experience shooting weddings, a professional website, and a portfolio showcasing their work. Pay attention to client reviews and references, as these can provide valuable insights into their expertise and the experiences they offer.
Seek out referrals from friends or family who have used photographers in the past. Research online to compare portfolios, packages, pricing and availability. Look to Google and Facebook for quality reviews.
Choose a photographer with a personality you enjoy, who makes you feel comfortable. They will be with you throughout your wedding day, (even more than your partner) so it’s essential to have someone you like and trust. When working with our team, you’re bound to find a good match with one of our four photographers!
Ensure your photographer is professional, reliable, punctual, and easy to communicate with. They should have backup equipment in case of any issues that may arise on your big day. Look at the ease of the website and how it’s designed. Is it easy to navigate? If the answer is yes, that speaks highly of the photographer. Additionally, their payment options should always be from a secure site or app.
Choose a photographer with an associate team. An associate team allows wedding photographers to shoot less, which eliminates burnout and lack of enthusiasm on your big day. An associate photographs your wedding day under the business as the main photographer, while the owner or primary photographer does all the editing.
Ask the photographer about their delivery timeline and the format of the final images. Some photographers may offer a sneak peek within a few days of the wedding. It is typical for wedding photographers to set up a call to walk you through the experience while helping you envision your dream, before sending you their pricing and packages. With CNP, you will receive all final family images, along with several bridal party photos and couple portraits!
We offer a one week period to review your contract. Many wedding photographers ask that you read and sign theirs within 24 hours. Because it is a legal binding contract, we believe you should be allowed more than a day to review and request changes before signing.
Choosing the right wedding photographer is essential for capturing your special day and creating lasting memories. By following these steps, you’ll be well on your way to finding the perfect photographer for your 2024 wedding. Remember, a good wedding photographer is an investment that will capture the memories of your special day for a lifetime. Take your time, do your research and choose wisely.
If Christina Ney Photography isn’t for you, check out some of our favorite Iowa Photographers with timeless, true to color imagery. All of the following are highly recommended by Christina; Laura Wills Photography, Jennifer Weinman Photography, Ivory + Bliss, Catherine Furlin Photography, Amanda MeLeod Photography, Brooke Pavel Photography, and Fieldstone Photography.
Christina Ney Photography provides timeless Wedding and Engagement Photography for Visionary and Laidback Lovers in Iowa, the Midwest, and Beyond.