Choosing a wedding photographer is super hard. Its not easy and with a market that’s so heavily saturated it can feel downright overwhelming, NYC is an even harder market because of how many of us exist here. Trust me I’ve search often to see my competition and its really mind blowing, so many amazing wedding photographers .
With that being said you still gotta do it, buckle down and sift through the madness.
So first thing first you have 3 things you need to focus on :
- Human vibes
You have to link with a photographer you can actually afford and who is reasonably priced. You have a lot of people to choose from with varying price points and offerings. So really make sure what they offer matches their price point and you see consistency in their galleries. No-one wants to hire a super cheap low ball priced photographer and then come to find out they have not experience what so ever. Do research and look at reviews. You could of course get lucky and find a gem of a wedding photographer for super low prices but that is a huge risk. So do the homework. I think in experience I have noticed that when peoples price points are to low they typically don’t have any real experience. I also notice that sometimes the ten thousand dollar wedding photographer isn’t much better than the three thousand dollar one. Again ding some research and reading reviews can help you decide. I personally offer middle of the road pricing so that most people can afford me but I also sent offer free wedding albums and second photographers in my core packages. I do this strategically to allow folks with average budgets to access my work. and those with higher budgets cab add on wedding albums and second shooters al la carte. See my pricing guides here https://giannaleofalcon.com/pricing
You gotta love the persons style, like don’t just choose someone because they are the top or supposedly the best, or a friend used them and raves about them, make sure the style the vibe fits who you are authentically. Ive been working in weddings for many years and the worst situations I’ve been in is when I work with couples who actually don’t like my style or vibe and expected something totally different. In the end we could have avoided that entirely had the couple really did the homework. Sit with the images and really choose someone who’s work reflects your true selves. This is your wedding day, and should be reflect your relationship and who you two are. If you’re over the top glitz and glam then choose someone who caters to that you serve to have what you want and trust me they’re are plenty of amazing options out there.
Finally you gotta like the person you work with . I really mean this, set up a call, read reviews, stalk their IG and try and feel their energy. In the end they will be with you the duration of your wedding day, that could mean 8+ hours, they will be communicating with your family and friends, you really want someone that can fit the mold of your energy and your personal flow.