When I became a wedding photographer back in 2012, I never could have imagined ending up here. "Here" as in having couples-turned-lifelong-friends, shooting hundreds of weddings at the most beautiful venues in Metro Detroit, and fueling my passion for travel by adventuring from coast to coast. It's such a dream and privilege to serve couples like you on a daily basis!
When considering what to look for in a photographer for your wedding day, there are many aspects you should consider.
Your wedding is a special day that you’ll remember for the rest of your life, and your photos should be a cherished keepsake that captures every beautiful moment. Choosing the right wedding photographer is one of the most critical decisions you’ll make in the planning process. If you’re getting married in Detroit or its surrounding areas, there are plenty of amazing photographers to choose from! However, to find the right photographer for your big day, there are key aspects you should consider. Below are the top 5 things to look for when hiring a Detroit Wedding Photographer!
When it comes to weddings, experience is non-negotiable. A seasoned photographer will know how to capture the perfect shots even in less-than-ideal conditions, such as poor lighting or crowded venues. They’ll have a deep understanding of wedding timelines, knowing just when to capture the bride’s entry, the first kiss, and other special moments you definitely want to be caught on camera!
Experience in the industry doesn’t just mean how well they can take a photo; it also involves their understanding of the flow of weddings, their ability to work well with other vendors, and their skill in making the couple and guests feel at ease. Personally, I have over a decade of experience in the Detroit wedding photography industry and bring that knowledge into every wedding I shoot!
Every photographer has their own unique style. Some might specialize in traditional portraits, while others may have a more candid, journalistic approach. Similarly, editing styles can vary from light and airy to dark and moody. Browse through the photographer’s portfolio, blog, or social media channels to get a sense of their style – and if you don’t love it, it’s time to move on!
Make sure their style aligns with your vision for your wedding photos. Remember, these images will be your keepsakes for years to come!
At Shauna Wear Photography I specialize in creating timeless, romantic images that are also FUN! I want you to look back at your photos 20, 40, 60 years from now and remember how much joy and love you felt on your wedding day. If that sounds up your alley, we might be a great fit!
You’ll be spending a significant portion of your wedding day with your photographer, so it’s crucial that you actually feel comfortable and relaxed around them. During your initial consultations with prospective photographers, pay attention to how they make you feel. Are they attentive and interested in your story and vision for the day? Do you feel like you could meet them at a local cocktail bar and hang out as friends?
I LOVE having engagement sessions with my couples specifically because it’s an opportunity to get to know each other before your wedding day. That day shouldn’t be the first time you’re in front of my camera! Instead, we collaborate to plan a date night-style engagement session where you can let loose and have fun. By the time your wedding day comes around, we’ll feel like old friends!
Next up, reviews are a great way to gauge a photographer’s reputation. Look for testimonials on their website, Google, The Knot, and any other review platforms specific to the wedding industry. Keep an eye out for reviews that mention the photographer’s professionalism, flexibility, and talent for capturing beautiful moments!
Finally, consider how involved you want your photographer to be on your wedding day. Some photographers take on a more directive role to ensure they capture every moment perfectly, while others adopt a more discreet approach, acting as a “fly on the wall.”
Understanding a photographer’s approach can help you decide if they’re the right fit for your wedding. Make sure their approach aligns with how you envision your day unfolding and the type of relationship you want to have with them throughout the planning process. As someone with over a decade of industry experience, my goal is to be as supportive and team-oriented as possible so your day can run smoothly!
Your wedding photographs will serve as lasting mementos of one of the most significant days of your life, so choosing the right photographer is so important! By paying attention to their experience, portfolio, personal vibe, reviews, and approach, you can confidently select a Detroit wedding photographer who will capture your day exactly the way you’ve always dreamed.
Whether you’re getting married in a grand Detroit venue or opting for a more intimate wedding, I would love to hear more and find out if we’re the perfect fit. To get in touch with me, you can reach out via my contact form and I’ll get back to you soon!!