On Hiring a Great Albuquerque Wedding Photographer

Like most brides and grooms-to-be, choosing a great Albuquerque wedding photographer is high on your list of priorities. After all, everything else you’ve worked so hard to coordinate will vanish in a day, except for the photographs — which will last forever.  The photographer who is given the honor of creating those photographs for you will have a big responsibility on their shoulders. They will only have one chance to capture the images that will become your family heirlooms. Finding an Albuquerque wedding photographer with the experience, talent, technical ability, and experience (yes, we said that twice) required to expertly document every moment of your wedding day may be a bigger challenge than you realize. There is no “wedding photography” degree or certification. Wedding photography can only be mastered through experience – and lots of it.

If you’ve been shopping around, you realize that there are many wedding photographers in Albuquerque to choose from.  This can make the process of finding the right wedding photographer a little overwhelming due to the sheer number of options. The fact is, it’s easy for anyone with a camera and a computer to publish a website and call themselves an Albuquerque wedding photographer. Some are full-time professionals, most are entry-level amateurs posing as professionals.  You may even have a “photographer friend” offering you free wedding photos (a great way to lose a friend).  So how do you navigate this sea of Albuquerque wedding photographers?

As you browse the portfolios of various Albuquerque wedding photographers, start by simply asking yourself: do I like this photographer’s work?  The answer to this question, of course, depends on your personal style and taste. Some Albuquerque wedding photographers (like us) may lean toward a “photojournalistic” approach, which will result in a lot of candid, storytelling photos. Other wedding photographers in Albuquerque may focus mostly on posed portraits that tend to look more “editorial” or fashion-inspired. By simply looking at an Albuquerque wedding photographer’s online portfolio you should be able to get a solid sense of his or her particular style. Remember, the images showcased on a photographer’s website are their best work. If their best work leaves you unimpressed, they’re not the right photographer for you.

Once you’ve determined that you like the work on an Albuquerque wedding photographer’s website, you should contact them and set up an in-person (or video, if you’re from out of town) consultation. A face-to-face meeting is the best way to get a feel for your prospective photographer’s personality, experience, quality of work, products, and pricing.

Your photographer’s personality is hugely important because they will be a prominent figure at your wedding. They will be interacting with your closest friends and family, and they will be with you during some of the most intimate and emotional moments of your life. If you don’t feel like you “click” with your photographer, or you just don’t feel comfortable around them, this could affect the quality of your photographs dramatically.

The importance of experience can not be understated. Wedding photography is not easy. For an inexperienced photographer, the stress and technical challenges of wedding photography can lead to disaster. If your wedding photos are important to you, you need to find an Albuquerque wedding photographer with enough experience to guarantee beautiful results under any circumstances. If your prospective photographer doesn’t have at least 60 solo-weddings under their belt, they might drop the ball (or their camera) when it really counts.

The products a photographer offers in his or her packages should be available for you to touch and see. Albums, photo books, and canvas are all popular products that many wedding photographers in Albuquerque offer. Because the quality of these products can vary dramatically, it’s good to know exactly what you will be getting with your package before your hire an Albuquerque wedding photographer.

Lastly, you should consider pricing. However, you should avoid making price your primary concern if possible. Shopping for an Albuquerque wedding photographer isn’t like shopping for an appliance. A great wedding photographer is an artist who is passionate about their work and whose work is uniquely theirs. If you focus too much on price, you may miss this opportunity to hire an artist who will thoughtfully and beautifully document your wedding day.  A wise man once said, the bitterness of poor quality will linger long after the sweetness of a “good deal” has passed. When it comes to your wedding memories, this could not be more true.  The relatively small investment you make today will pale in comparison to the value of your wedding photographs in the future.

After you have considered the quality of a photographer’s work, their personality, products, and pricing, you may want to dig a little deeper. Here are a few specific questions you can ask Albuquerque wedding photographers.

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