How to pick your elopement photographer

It’s so important that you pick the right elopement photographer for you. Especially because a small wedding or elopement is such an intimate experience. Opting for a professional whose personality and style resonate with yours can significantly enhance your experience.

Colorado elopement photographer captures couple on top of a mountain

Should you hire an elopement photographer?

Yes! No matter the size of your wedding, it’s such an exciting and emotional event and absolutely worthwhile having photos of forever. Bringing a photographer not only ensures you have tangible memories for generations to come, but also allows you to immerse yourselves in your day as it unfolds.

And do you want to know the best part? These photos only gain value with time.

Questions to ask before reaching out to a photographer

To get you and your partner on the same page before reaching out to elopement photographers, here are some considerations.

  • Do we want our day to be very posed and directed? Or are we looking for a more documentary photographer? Heavily posed photos will make your photos look more editorial and “perfected”, but the moments become about the photos instead of the experience and can be more time-consuming. Candid or documentary photos tend to be more story-telling, feeling, but often less “perfect”.
  • What parts of our day might we want photographed?
  • What do we want to feel on our day?
  • Where are we considering eloping?
  • What can we do to make this day feel so us?
  • What exactly are we looking for in a photographer?
  • What photos are most important to us?

Talking with an elopement photographer

Once you have shortlisted a few potential photographers based on their portfolios, website, and social media, start setting up some consultations! Usually photography consultations happen via phone or video chat. The photographer should run the call for you, answering all of your questions and helping to match you with the right package or offering.

You’ll want to discuss your vision and overall get a gut feeling if you think they are a good fit for you.

Bride and groom getting married in the National Park

Questions to ask your elopement photographer

  • What is included in your pricing and offerings? Make sure you have an idea if there will be additional costs for travel.
  • Do you offer prints and photo albums?
  • How many photos can I expect?
  • What does the process of working together look like?
  • What is your day-of experience like?
  • Will you pose or direct us?
  • What is the retainer?
bride and groom under starry night sky during their Colorado elopement

A photographer who understands your love story and values your input is just as important as making you feel at ease so they can capture the most authentic moments from your wedding day.

Do other people like this photographer?

There truly is no better recommendation than that of a previous customer. Make sure to check their social media and Google for client reviews so you can get a feel for what it’s like to work with this specific elopement photographer. If you notice a pattern of unprofessionalism or being unreliable, then it’s time to rethink!

Couple getting married in a meadow in Colorado

How do I start working with an elopement photographer?

But what if all signs point to yes? You love the photographer’s style, they’re super experienced with the area you want to get married in, you totally vibe, and they’re in your price range? 

Then it’s time to get the ball rolling! Send that email and get the party started.

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