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Choosing a Wedding Photographer | Chicago and Boise Wedding Photographer

Knowing what you’re looking for will change the game when it comes to searching for a wedding photographer in Boise or Chicago

Congrats, you're engaged!

You finally have time to sit down at your computer to kick off wedding planning. You open your web browser and stare at the cursor blinking in the search bar thinking, I don’t even know where to start. You type in a simple search like “Boise wedding photographers” or "Chicago Wedding Photographers"…and get about thousands of search results. COME ON.  

Choosing a wedding photographer can be difficult with so many options!

It’s easy to google tips for finding the perfect wedding photographer, but so many people search the internet first instead of searching themselves.

Knowing what you’re looking for will change the game when it comes to searching for a wedding photographer.

To help you figure that out, we want to share our top 4 steps, in order, for choosing a wedding photographer in Boise or Chicago (AND, of course, you can apply this information to other locations as well!)...

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4 Steps for Choosing the perfect Wedding Photographer for you:


Our #1 Tip for Choosing a Wedding Photographer: Value

What do you value when it comes to your wedding images? Why are you hiring a wedding photographer? If you’re not sure, ask yourself this question:  

When you sit down after receiving your wedding photos, who will be there and which moments are you MOST excited to see in your photographs?  

Answering this question will help you discern what YOU value when it comes to wedding photography and will clarify what kind of photographer you’re looking for.  It’s great to find a photographer whose pricing fits in your budget, one who has a beautiful website or Instagram profile, one who can answer all your questions, but when it comes down to it, the most important connection point lies in shared values.

couple on their wedding day by Boise wedding photographer
wedding photo at Olive Park by Chicago Wedding photographer
girl crying in photo by wedding photographer in Boise

#2 for Choosing a Wedding Photographer: Style of Wedding Photography

What kind of photographic style do you prefer?  Do you want a photographer who’s photojournalistic , one who will shoot with a documentary-like style, shooting mostly spontaneous, unposed images?  Do you want a photographer who shoots classic portraiture, one similar to the photographer who shot your parents’ wedding album, with beautifully lit and posed portraits?  Do you want a photographer who uses unique angles and dramatic light?  Or do you a photographer whose images are bright, airy, and romantic? Explore what styles you’re drawn to in terms of posing, light, editing, etc. before reaching out to specific photographers.

bright Chicago engagement photos by Pen and Lens Photography
biracial couple in wedding photo by Boise wedding photographer Pen and Lens

#3 for Choosing a Wedding Photographer: Connection

Reach out to a photographer or photographers who match your style preferences. Ask some questions and get a feel for their personalities. Would you enjoy having that person present for the majority of your wedding day?  Your photographer(s), even when they blend in well, will be present for every almost every intimate moment, every celebration, and every tear of joy. Choose someone who’s both professional and relatable.  In other words, pick someone you like!

couple laughing with Boise wedding photographer

#4 for Choosing a Wedding Photographer: Investment and Details

This is the step a lot of couples jump to right away, BUT we think it’s SO important to explore and think about what you’re really wanting FIRST. Once you have an idea of what you’re really looking for, it’s time to ask about the details.  (Don’t get us wrong, it’s okay to ask about price range during the Connection step to make sure you’re not completely wasting your time or a photographer’s.) Now’s the time to ask questions about pricing, collections, products, etc.  

luxury wedding table top by Boise wedding photographer
wedding arch by wedding photographer in Boise Pen and Lens

Happy searching!

If you're looking for a wedding photographer in Boise or Chicago, reach out to us HERE! We'd love to connect!

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Becky Dean
I'm a Co-founder and Lead Photographer at Pen and Lens.

Wedding photography is my heartbeat. I love capturing the interactions between the bride and her tribe as they get ready together, the look on a groom’s face when he FINALLY sees his bride for the first time, and the way a dad wraps his arms around his baby girl on her wedding day. Bride and groom portraits make my heart jump and I cry on almost every wedding day.

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