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5 Common Mistakes Couples Make When Choosing a Wedding Photographer (And How to Avoid Them)

Choosing the right wedding photographer is one of the most crucial decisions you'll make for your big day. Your photos will be treasured memories for years to come, making it crucial to ensure they are perfect. After 15 years in the business, we've seen it all, and we're here to help you avoid some common pitfalls. Here are five mistakes couples often make when choosing a wedding photographer and how to steer clear of them.

Not Meeting the Photographer in Person

In the digital age, it's easy to browse portfolios online and make decisions based on what you see. However, meeting your photographer in person (or via video call if you're far away) is vital. This face-to-face interaction allows you to gauge their personality, professionalism, and see if there's a good vibe between you. Charisma goes a long ways when experienced visually.


Schedule an in-person meeting or video call with potential photographers. This meeting is an excellent opportunity to ask questions, discuss your vision, and ensure you feel comfortable and connected with them.

Overlooking the Importance of a Second Shooter on a Big Day

Many couples underestimate the value of having a second shooter when having a bigger wedding. When the wedding has different getting ready locations, different venues between reception and ceremony. A single photographer can only capture so much, and having a second shooter ensures that more moments are documented, from different angles and perspectives at different locations at the same time.


Ask your photographer whether they offer a second shooter option. This can make a significant difference in the coverage and variety of your wedding photos. Second photographers can be assigned to details, photojournalism and candid captures, while the principle photographer captures the big moments, guides the direction, executes the poses and coordination of parties and the creative direction.

Ignoring the Editing Style

Every photographer has a unique editing style that significantly impacts the final look of your photos. Some prefer bright and airy edits, while others might favor a more dramatic, moody tone. If you don't pay attention to this, you might end up with photos that don't match your vision.


Review full galleries of past weddings, not just highlight reels. This will give you a better idea of the photographer's consistent editing style. Make sure their style aligns with what you envision for your wedding photos.

Focusing Too Much on Price

While it's essential to stay within your budget, choosing a photographer solely based on price can be a mistake. Often, you get what you pay for, and opting for the cheapest option might result in subpar quality and service.

"The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten."


Consider the value and quality of what you’re getting for the price. Look at experience, reviews, and the overall package being offered. It’s worth investing in a photographer who will capture your day beautifully and professionally.

Not Having a Contract

A contract protects both you and the photographer, outlining all the details and ensuring that both parties have clear expectations. Without a contract, you risk misunderstandings and potential issues.


Always ensure there is a signed contract in place before any money changes hands. The contract should cover industry standards like payment schedules, cancellation policies, and what happens in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Choosing the right wedding photographer requires careful consideration and planning. By avoiding these common mistakes, you can ensure that you have a photographer who will capture your wedding day perfectly.

At Chris Pritchard Studios, we're dedicated to making your wedding photography experience seamless and enjoyable, providing you with stunning images that you'll cherish forever.

Ready to find the perfect photographer for your big day? Contact Chris Pritchard Studios today to schedule a consultation and let us help you capture your love story in the most beautiful way possible.


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