Say ‘I Do’ to the Right Wedding Photographer


Choosing the best wedding photographer is a crucial decision. Because they take pictures of your special day that you’ll always remember. Here are some tips from a client’s perspective to help you make the right choice.

Aroeira, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings

Start Early

In the first place, search for a wedding photographer well in advance. This helps reduce the worry of finding someone good and free as your wedding day gets closer. Popular dates can fill up fast, so beginning your search sooner gives you a better shot at getting the photographer you want for your special day.

Wedding Photographer | PEDI Portugal Weddings | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings

Wedding Photographer | PEDI Portugal Weddings | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings

Know Your Style

Before you start your search, figure out the kind of photos you like. Each photographer has their way of taking pictures. Whether it’s traditional or modern, knowing your style helps you find a photographer who gets your vibe, capturing the real you.

For instance, do you like pictures that tell a story without words, or do you like the classic, posed ones? Do you like colours to stand out, or prefer to keep things soft and romantic? Also, do you like photos taken in natural light, or do you like ones with flashes for a dramatic effect?

Quinta das Riscas, Venue | Montijo, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings
Quinta do David, Venue | Palmela, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings

Look At Their Work

Afterwards, check out different photographer’s photos to see whose style is the one you like the most. You can decide by looking at what they have done before, on their websites or social media, and by reading reviews and getting suggestions from others.

Instead of only checking the best parts, go through the entire wedding album to see if their style is consistent, if they are creative, and if they can take good pictures anywhere. You can also get an idea of how they work. Some photographers take pictures in a relaxed way, while others might ask you to pose.

After that, create a list of photographers whose work you like and match your style.

Quinta do David, Venue | Palmela, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings

Check Experience

Experience means they have done this job before. In other words, they know what they are doing! Make sure to find photographers who have worked at weddings before. A photographer with experience brings not only technical expertise but also the ability to handle situations when things don’t go as planned. They know the importance of being professional, like showing up on time, dressing well, and acting respectfully. With experience comes knowledge of the best tools, specifically the right cameras and lights to use.

Trash the Dress | Lisbon, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings
Aroeira, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings

Meet in Person or Virtually

When you set up meetings or online chats with possible photographers, you can discuss what you want in your wedding photos and ask questions. Besides, meeting them in person or having a virtual chat helps you get to know them and see if you feel comfortable working together.

Since you’ll be spending a lot of time together on your big day, it’s important to feel a connection with your photographer. It’s like picking a friend who takes awesome photos. So, take the time to chat with photographers beforehand to make sure you’ll have a relaxed and fun time on your special day.

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Discuss Packages and Prices

When discussing photography packages, it’s important to understand what’s included. Let them know about your specific needs so you can get exactly the services you want.

Understanding the prices lets you choose options that fit your budget avoiding any surprise charges. Some photographers offer payment plans as well as special promotions or discounts. So, it’s worth talking to them about this too. Clear communication about packages and prices avoids confusion and helps you to be sure that both of you are on the same page.

Ask About Backup Plans

Ask about backup plans in case of unexpected situations, like weather changes. A professional photographer should have backup equipment, for example, cameras and gear might have problems, and, if needed, a backup photographer or assistant. Another important aspect to consider is your photos! Make sure the photographer creates copies of all your pictures. This adds extra safety, so you have backups of your special moments.

Wedding Photographer | PEDI Portugal Weddings | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings

Check for Flexibility

Make sure the photographer is flexible and adaptable. Weddings are dynamic events, and your photographer should be able to adjust to changes in your plans, timelines, and unexpected moments, making sure everything flows smoothly. Also, they should be able to capture unplanned moments that add real beauty to your day, and be able to blend into the crowd, capturing moments without being intrusive.

Quinta do Careto, Venue | Beja, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings
Quinta do David, Venue | Palmela, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings

Know the Editing Process

Discuss the post-production process, like when you will get the edited pictures. Ensure that you like the photographer’s editing style. Being part of this process lets you work together, so you can share your ideas, personalise your wedding album, and make sure the final photos match your style.

Clarify Rights and Usage

When you hire a wedding photographer, it’s important to talk about the rights and usage of the photos. Ask if you own the pictures or if the photographer keeps some rights. Discuss how you plan to use the photos, for example, sharing with family or on social media, making prints or copies for yourself, using them for your job or business or making albums or other personal projects.

Check if the photographer wants credit when you use the photos. Also, ask them if you can make changes to the pictures or if they need to stay the same.

Get a Contract

Once you have made a decision, ensure you have a detailed contract that outlines all terms, including the services provided, payment schedule, and cancellation policies.

Once you have found the right wedding photographer, confirm all the details well in advance. This way, you can secure your date and make sure everything goes smoothly during the planning.

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Engagement Sessions

Think about having a photo session before your wedding with your chosen photographer. This gives you a chance to feel comfortable in front of the camera and build a good connection before the big day.

Engagement Session | PEDI Portugal Weddings | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings
PEDI Portugal Weddings | Engagement Session | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings
Engagement Session | PEDI Portugal Weddings | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings

Trust Your Instincts

Trusting your feelings when choosing a wedding photographer is like following your heart. It helps you find someone who not only takes great photos but also matches the spirit of your special day. If something feels off, it’s okay to keep looking. It’s like finding the right puzzle piece – it just fits.

Quinta da Suratesta, Venue | Beja, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings
Quinta do David, Venue | Palmela, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings

In short, your wedding photographer is super important because they take pictures that show the emotions and beauty of your big day. When you take the time to choose the right photographer, you make sure you’ll have awesome pictures that you can cherish forever.

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