Expert Advice: Hiring a Wedding Photographer

A lot has changed in photography since your parents’ wedding. Chances are that when they got married, wedding photographers typically worked from a set shot list and only took the photographs that they knew would sell after the ceremony. This led to cookie-cutter wedding albums that virtually looked the same, and often, the true story of the day was left untold!

Great teamwork and cohesive creativity between you and your photographer(s) is essential to capture the real story. A good photographer will understand and reveal the connection between a couple, thus documenting and portraying their interactions and personalities through images.

Here are a few tips to follow when looking for a photographer:

  • Research the candidates. Are they current? Do they keep up with the trends and know what current brides and grooms are looking for?
  • Find a sense of familiarity and a style that reflects you both. Blogs provide great insight into a photographer’s approach. Make sure their photographic style is in line with what you ultimately envision for your wedding.
  • Make sure you feel comfortable with your photographer as you’ll be spending a lot of time with this person. Nobody wants to be nervous in front of the camera! This goes for the grooms too!
  • If there is more than one photographer documenting your day, make sure the two styles have a nice flow and sense of storytelling that weaves together.
  • Ask around. Word of mouth is the best way to confirm that you’re making the right decision.

Shannon Henry is owner of Studio Carré Photographie, a wedding and boudoir photography studio in San Diego. Check out the photo gallery below for examples of her work.


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