Selecting a wedding photographer in Italy is an essential part of the planning process, as integral as choosing a venue or finding the perfect dress. Your photographs will be your most treasured wedding keepsake — you'll immediately post them on Facebook when your photographer gives them to you, and you'll look back at them 50 years from now, reminiscing about your vows, the kiss, and the first dance. Unlike the work of your other wedding vendors (music, flower arrangements, cake), photographs aren't things you can hear, smell, taste or even see at first—you don't really know what you're getting until after the fact.
It's crucial to find a pro who understands your vision for your wedding day and can document it with style. But you'll also want someone you trust and feel comfortable with, since he or she will be by your side the entire wedding day.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed this guide can help you find the right person to entrust with this task!
Follow our tips to selecting the perfect wedding photographer in Italy!
Book your venue first
Before starting your search for a wedding photographer, you’ll need to have made a few big decisions. First, it’s a good idea to have your venue booked before you start your photographer hunt. This means that you’ve actually set a date for your wedding and can make sure that any photographers you consider are available on that day—and can travel to your chosen venue.
Think about the style
Now you have full permission to spend all of your free time looking at wedding photos online (or perhaps you’re already doing that:D). Browse real weddings, look on wedding sites, and get a sense of the type of wedding photography that you gravitate toward. Are you into light and airy images or super-artsy, edgier photos? Getting a sense of what you like and don’t like will help make your decision-making easier. Need more informations about photography styles?
Instagram, Instagram, Instagram! This may be one of the only instances in which social media stalking is highly encouraged. Allow yourself to get lost in an endless scroll. You can start by scanning the feeds of your favorite wedding blogs or magazines. Or trail through a beautiful venue’s geotag. In the process of clicking from profile to profile of accounts that share your taste and vision, you may end up settling on the perfect person that you wouldn’t have otherwise found. You can also use the ‘Explore’ feature on Instagram and search by popular wedding hashtags, including #weddinginspiration, #weddingphotography, and #weddingdetails, or by specific hashtags like #umbriawedding, #tuscanywedding and #weddingphotographerumbria
And if you’ve seen friends’ or family members’ wedding photos that you particularly love, don’t be shy about asking who photographed their wedding.
Reviews give you the inside scoop on vendors. Think of them as reality show confessionals for the engaged set. Read reviews closely, paying attention to how a couple describes a photographer’s personality. Did the photographer make a shy couple feel like supermodels in front of the camera? What did the photographer do to go above and beyond? Reviews can help you learn what makes a particular wedding photographer stand out from all the rest.
Become obsessed with their work
As you browse a photographer’s work on his or her website, blog, or social media, think about the following questions: Do I want to look as amazing as the bride or groom in these photos? Do I not-so-secretly covet these images to hang above my fireplace? These are good signs that you’re loving a particular wedding photographer’s work.
Follow them on social media
While you’re waiting for your in-person meeting with a photographer, take the time to follow him or her on social media (particularly Facebook and Instagram). Not only will their work light up your feed, you’ll also be able to get a better insight into their style and personality.
Once you have a list of a few photographers you like based on their work and reviews, it’s time to contact them to find out more about their availability and pricing. Yes, it can be a little awkward to figure out what to say during that initial introduction. We ask our couples to tell us their love story…maybe the propose or something personal. We can figure out your personality, your tastes and we can help you the better :)
Meet in person
We LOVE meet our couples in person! Every time is possible we schedule a meeting. “In person” are the major words here—it’s easiest for you to get a sense of a photographer’s personality and style when you meet face-to-face. If you’re planning a destination wedding or are otherwise unable to meet in person, video-chatting is a fine second choice. We usually use Skype or FaceTime to keep in touch with our couples.
Look at a full wedding album….or two!
Even if you’ve already seen a lot of a particular photographer’s work, ask to see a full wedding album, start to finish. You’ve probably already seen a photographer’s very best images—the sunsets, the kisses, the amazing landscapes. Don't base your decision solely on what you see in a photographer's highlights gallery or album. Now you want to see how he or she handles the less scenic images. Family portraits. Photos of centerpieces. Photos of a couple’s dad’s business partners on the dance floor. Can the photographer make these images shine too? Now’s your chance to decide.
Read (and sign) the contract
Seriously, just read it. And enlist other people to read it, too. Make sure you understand the photographer’s pricing, what you’ll receive with the package, how much time he or she will spend at your wedding, and how long it will take for you to get your images (usually six to eight weeks is pretty standard). Ask questions of the photographer if you need to. Once you and your future spouse are comfortable with the contract, go ahead and sign it! Try to make a decision as soon as possible, as your photographer may have other interested potential clients.
If you decide not to hire a particular photographer, do the right thing and let him or her know as soon as you've made your decision. The photographer may be holding a date for you, so while the conversation might be a bit awkward, it's important to give the photographer a heads up ASAP.
Once you’ve signed the contract for your chosen wedding photographer, go ahead and schedule an engagement session. It’s a great way to spend some quality time with your photographer and get even more comfortable working together.