With so many wedding photographers in the market, it’s hard to know which direction to go when it’s your turn to pick someone to document your big day. Today, we’re chatting with DFW wedding photographers and videographers Pharris Photography & Philms, getting owners Kariss and Josh’s insight on what to keep in mind when choosing the best photographer for you. Scroll below to read the Pharris‘ advice on this important topic, plus plenty more golden nuggets of advice!
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Describe your photography style.
We capture timeless, bright and colorful images using a journalistic approach so we that can capture our brides and grooms being themselves on their wedding day!
Tell us what you love most about being photographers.
The best part about being a wedding photographer is being able to get to know our brides and grooms from marriage to motherhood. Our brides and grooms become lifelong friends, and we are able to see them blossom into beautiful families and capture their journey along the way.
What advice do you have for choosing engagement attire?
We always tell our brides to go both formal and casual with their outfit choices! Why choose?! It’s great to have both options when you receive your photos.
What tips do you have for bridal portraits?
Bridal portraits are an excellent opportunity to get all of the trials in! Hair, makeup, dress, etc. More often than not, there’s a small something the bride doesn’t prefer, and she has the time to change it. Plus, the wedding photographer may not have 1-2 hours on the wedding day to capture the bride in all of her splendor. Bridal portraits are an amazing time to do that!
What should a bride look for when hiring a photographer?
Our top four things a bride should look for when choosing her photographer:
- Do you connect? Knowing that you connect with your photographer will make sure that you and your partner are more relaxed throughout the experience. This will bring out a more genuine and personal side to the photos. Your photographers will be following you and your bridal party throughout your special day, so you want to make sure you enjoy their company!
- Determine your budget & style. We’re sure that there are as many photographers as stars in the sky at this point! That being said, we all have different styes and price points. Before jumping into the abyss of endless options, it’s important to know the style you are looking for and the budget you need to stay within. Once those two things are nailed down, it will narrow down your options and make it easier for you to decide who your photographer will be.
- Ask questions! There are a few questions that you should make sure to ask any photographer. Firstly, you should ask to see a full gallery; photographers use their website as an online portfolio so they showcase the best of the best. By asking to see a full gallery, you will know that your photos will be of the same quality. Secondly, you should ask how the photographer approaches the wedding day as a whole. By doing so you can envision how the day will go based on how they work. Lastly, ask how the photographers back up their files. This is a major question that often gets overlooked, as everyone is quick to book without thinking long term. Having these questions answered will help take pressure off of making the right decision for the perfect photographer.
- Take it for a test run. A test run in the form of an engagement session is crucial! It’s a sneak peak into what your wedding day will look like. Doing a test run will show you how you and your photographer get along and how the photographer runs a session. Once you do a test run you will know how you vibe with your photographer, and they will know exactly how you want your wedding day captured.
Such great tips to keep in mind as you embark on the search for your perfect photographer! Loved what Josh and Kariss had to say? Get in touch directly with Pharris Photography to learn more about their packages and pricing via their Brides of North Texas vendor profile!