Tips to Find Your Wedding Photographer

Are you getting married in the Santa Barbara area? Who will be your Santa Barbara wedding photographer? Here is a list of some of the things you should consider when looking for a Santa Barbara wedding photographer.

1 Personality

When you select your Santa Barbara wedding photographer, you are not just selecting them for their photography skills. While skills and abilities as a Santa Barbara wedding photographer are hugely important, you are also selecting someone who will be working with you, your family and your friends on one of the biggest days of your life. You will be coordinating with this Santa Barbara wedding photographer for a year or more and you want to make sure you can communicate easily with them, they work well with others, and they are responsive to your needs.

2 Price

While price is always a factor when selecting your Santa Barbara wedding photographer, you should not base your decision solely on price. All too often brides loose out on amazing imagery because their bargain base photographer did not know how to use their equipment or was not experienced enough with weddings to know where to be during all those important moments of your big day. You have one opportunity to capture your wedding day, why leave that to chance?

3 Wedding Albums

What will you do with all of your photographs from your Santa Barbara wedding? Most people opt to create a beautiful wedding album. This is your first family heirloom and will be enjoyed by generations to come so quality is imperative.

What questions should you ask your Santa Barbara wedding photographer about their albums? 1) How many pages are included in your base album? How many images can be used in these pages? 2) Do I have the option to add more pages with additional images? 3) What types of paper will my album pages be printed on? What are my cover options?

4 Coverage

Sometimes coverage is overlooked when booking a Santa Barbara wedding photographer. Often times cheaper photographers will book multiple events in one day not allowing sufficient time to cover your entire day. When you consider everything you would like photographed from your getting ready photos all the way to your big exit at the end of the night, your package should include at least 8 to 10 hours of photography coverage.

5 Who will be your head photographer & how many wedding photographers

Be sure to ask how many photographers will be at your Santa Barbara wedding and if the photographer you hired will be the head photographer. All too often photography studios will outsource their wedding to a third party photographer and give little to no notice to you prior to your Santa Barbara wedding.

Two photographers is also a major advantage. The head photographer can focus on the extremely important elements of your Santa Barbara wedding, while the second photographer can assist as well as capture scenes from a different point of view.

Leah Valentine Photography is based in the Santa Barbara area and also California state wide as well as Philadelphia, New Jersey shore, Northern Virginia, Central Arkansas, and destinations worldwide.  Creative. Modern. Artistic. Professional. Personable.

For more information about this Santa Barbara wedding photographer, please visit or call 805.364.0204.