Dear [Soon-To-Be] Nashville Bride:
So, you just got engaged OR you’ve been snooping around and know it’s about to happen. Regardless, it’s time to start planning! =)
Your venue and your photographer will be the first to completely book up at least one year in advance, so it’s important to lock in your dates before you end up with slim pickings.
Why is photography so important?
One of the things all of our Nashville couples have in common is their appreciation for good photography. 90% of them ranked wedding photography as their #1 priority. Think about how much time, effort, and money is devoted to décor, food, alcohol, attire, and even your beautiful wedding venue. If photographs are all you have to remember this one day, why would you not take the time to research the best Nashville wedding photographers and choose the photographer that best represents your style, budget, and personality?
A Guide to Hiring the Best Nashville Wedding Photographers
It’s your wedding day, which in most cases, a day you never hope to forget. While choosing a photographer might seem easy at first, your Google search for Nashville wedding photographers will overwhelm you to say the least. This is why some couples hire a wedding planner. If your budget allows for a planner, I certainly recommend it. Here are 3 exceptional planners that we’ve worked with in the past.
As Nashville wedding photographers, we’ll be the first to admit that this town has so many talented and professional artists. So, it’s important to do your homework. Remember, keep in mind your style, budget, and personality.
Some photographers have a “signature” look. Review their work and picture yourself in their photos. Do you prefer vintage, shabby chic, effects, or vibrant modern images? What about portraits? Do you want a combination of portraits and documentary style photographs OR would you prefer to just have documentary only?
Do not hire based on price. It’s okay to set a budget, but search for the best quality within that budget and understand that you will pay more for a “professional” Nashville wedding photographer.
Why do some Nashville wedding photographers charge more than others? Just because someone is charging more money does not mean they are the best in the business. Most professional photographers set their own price, taking into consideration industry standards, geographical location, business overhead, and their overall cost of living. This is their full-time job, so your photographer needs to make sure his staff as well as his own salary is being covered. The average couple will spend anywhere between $2,500-$4,500 for their wedding day photography services. Those with more lavish budgets may opt for a celebrity, destination, or more editorial style photographer which requires a budget of around $5,000-$10,000. These are just estimates; the best way to get exact pricing is to meet with the photographer that best meets your criteria. Most photographers will not post their pricing, but will post a range.
Let’s be honest; besides your planner, your wedding photographer is the only vendor that will be with you ALL day. If you find your photographer to be a little off or socially awkward, then chances are… so will everyone else. Not to mention, this will show in your photographs. Take the time to read your prospect photographers “About Me” page and set up a consultation. The more comfortable you are with your wedding photographers, the most relaxed you’ll be during your wedding day.
This is just a basic guide to help you when you begin your search for Nashville wedding photographers. Here are a few links to some other articles about choosing the right photographer:
From Wedlock Images
We are Nashville wedding photographers Scott and Donice, an energetic husband & wife team. Together we run Wedlock Images.
We take pride in creating photos that are not only breathtaking, but also unique to our clients personality.
Wedding Photography, Bridal Portraits, Engagement Sessions, Day After Shoots and Reception Photo booths.