Photographer? Check!

So a few weeks ago I blogged here about how we were starting our photography search. It was so much fun, but also stressful!  I think part of the reason it stressed me out is because photography is the one thing that’s really going to last from our wedding day.  The food will get eaten, the music will end, the flowers will die.. but these photographs we’re going to have forever.  I mean, they’re the pictures our kids and grandkids will look at one day.

Naturally, I started our photography search online { how did brides ever plan weddings before the internet? } I made a Facebook post asking my friends for recommendations, and I also started looking at a few of my favorite review sites – the knot, wedding wire, yelp etc..  I wanted to look for photographers with great reviews, and lots of them!  To me- someone with one 5 star review is okay, but I really want to someone with many 5 star reviews.. I probably looked at 50-60 different photographers.

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Free Printable: Photographer Interview Notes

Today we’re meeting with our first two candidates for wedding photography… I am so excited!! To prepare for our meetings, I scoured the internet looking for a checklist of questions to ask that I could bring with me.  I couldn’t find one that I loved- so I decided to create my own. I hope you’re able to utilize this tool to ensure that you’re asking all of the important questions to each photographer you meet with!

photog notes

Click to download printable version for yourself: Photography Printable

Let me know how it works out for you!


PS: I’ve also created free DJ Interview Notes, check them out!

January: Wedding Update

Now that it’s 2014 and work is finally starting to slow down, I’m taking wedding planning off the back burner! YAY!

My first task this year is finding and booking a photographer.  Over the last week or so, I’ve been reading wedding photographer blogs like it’s my job!  In doing so I’ve realized a few things:

1.)     There are a MILLION wedding photographers in Chicagoland.

2.)    Holy Crap wedding photography is expensive!

3.)    Everyone is offering something different.  In fact it’s really hard to compare apples to apples because everyone’s packages vary so much!

I’m the kind of person who wants to look at everything before I make a decision; hence the stalking wedding photographer blogs like it’s my job.  I’ve found a handful of photographers whose styles I like, so I reached out to each of them to setup a time to meet. G and I will be doing that in the next week or so, and I’m hopeful our decision will be easy once we’ve met with everyone.  I have a frontrunner in mind right now, before meeting with anyone so it will be interested to see who our favorites are after meeting them in person!

I created a comparison spreadsheet to help me keep everything straight; I also did something similar to create our budget and also when we were reviewing reception halls.  I’ve been tossing around the idea of prettying them up and sharing them here as pintables for other brides to be!

Update {1/9}: I ended up posting a free printable for photography interviews here

After we get a photographer booked, I’ll shift my attention to a DJ, then to a florist.  From there I think we’ll have most of the ‘big’ things taken care of so I can shift my focus to the smaller details.

Hope you are having a great Tuesday!!