If you’re planning a wedding in Vermont and are looking for a unique and unposed wedding photography experience, rest assured, your search is over! I’m guessing you started planning your wedding in Vermont because at some point you felt that “magic.” Maybe it was coming up on the weekends as a kid, going to college or the ski trips…whatever it was Vermont holds a special place in your heart.
When it comes to planning a wedding in VT, here are a list of things to consider when looking for a Vermont Wedding Photographer:
- Determine Your Style
Before you start searching for a Vermont wedding photographer, it’s important to determine your preferred style of wedding photography. Do you prefer classic, traditional photos or more candid, photojournalistic shots? Maybe you prefer a mix of both. Figuring this part out is important, because every photographer approaches weddings differently.
I always tell my couples “Its your wedding, not my photoshoot.” What this means is I let you be fully present for your wedding. I’ll be there every step of the way, documenting all the love and wild moments with a documentary-style approach.
Look through the gallery to see what I mean.
- Research Photographers
Once you’ve determined your preferred style, it’s time to start researching wedding photographers in Vermont. Recommendations from friends and family who have recently gotten married in Vermont is a great place to start. You can also search online for local Vermont wedding photographers and look through their portfolios. Read reviews and testimonials to get an idea of their experience and professionalism. Vermont holds every kind of weather during ALL parts of the year, so knowing that your photographer can get the photos you want when the sun isn’t around is extremely important. If you are wanting to have your wedding in one of the numerous Barn venues, a very important thing to remember is from the cameras viewpoint, they are DARK inside. Hiring a photographer that knows how to use flash is crucial in venues like these.
- Check Their Availability
Once you’ve found a few photographers that you’re interested in, check their availability for your wedding date. Vermont is a HUGE wedding destination, so wedding photographer’s schedules fill up quickly.
- Quick note: Fall dates fill up especially fast. My fall calendar usually fills up at least a year in advance! What to check if your wedding date is available? Click HERE to get in touch!
- Schedule a Phone Call
Once you’ve narrowed down your list of potential wedding photographers, schedule a phone call or Zoom with them. This is your chance to meet with them “in person”, ask questions, and see more of their work.
I love these calls! Grab a beverage and let’s get to know each other! I want to hear all about what you two do for fun, the dream vacations, the most ridiculous parts of your lives. As your photographer, I will be the person you spend the most amount of time with on your wedding day(as crazy as that sounds!) I’ll be right there with you through the most intimate parts of the day, so making sure you like me as a human is just as important as liking my photography. No need to panic though, I’ve been told I bring a sense of calm to the wildness of a wedding day 🙂
Its those ‘in-between’ moments that I hunt for on wedding days. Maybe its your mom gently wiping a tear away as she finishes helping you in your dress, maybe its the look of pure pride in your father’s eyes as he straightens your tie. It’s ALWAYS the look of PURE JOY and excitement as you two walk out of your ceremony with the crowd going nuts!
Be prepared with a list of questions to ask, such as:
- What’s included in your Vermont wedding photography packages?
- How many hours of coverage do you provide?
- Do you work with a 2nd photographer?
- Are you proficient in using flash? (ask to see examples!)
- What’s your approach to capturing the emotions of the day in your photos?
- Discuss Your Budget
Wedding photography can be expensive, so it’s important to discuss your budget. Think of your wedding photography as an investment. Out of all of your vendors and the items at a wedding that tap into your budget, the photographs will be the one thing that remains and will be how you remember the day. When you look back at them, my goal is for you to be brought right back into the emotions of that moment. Remember, this is YOUR WEDDING, not my photoshoot, so giving you photographs that you will be proud to hang over the mantle and show off to your grandkids, that is my goal.
Finding the perfect Vermont wedding photographer takes time and research, but it’s worth the effort to ensure that you have beautiful memories of your special day that capture the unique “Vermont Magic” that so many of my couples seek. If you’ve made it this far, you’re well on your way to finding your one-of-a-kind wedding photography experience.