How I Selected a Local Wedding Photographer

It all happened over a plate of grilled cheese. I never knew it was coming. And I can’t think of another way I would have liked to celebrate my 25th birthday. For my birthday, Levi (my then boyfriend) proposed to me! We have been planning and organizing our wedding for a few months now, and it’s hard to believe that we are only about 200 days away from our “big day!”

One of my favorite parts of wedding planning has been getting to know a few local wedding vendors, and one in particular – our wedding photographer! I knew that finding the right photographer was going to be a big part of our wedding planning. So, I hit up a few bridal shows (like The Everything Bridal Show and the Bridal Forum) and asked for recommendations on Twitter and Facebook.

I came across Laura Wills Photography on Facebook (she was recommend to me by a friend) and I shortly fell in love with her photography style and personality. I knew that she needed to be our photographer!

We met with Laura, she answered all of my questions (about a million), and we booked her that week! Laura is down-to-earth, full of energy and has an obvious passion for photography. If you’re interested in checking out Laura Wills Photography a bit more you can visit her website or give her a ‘like’ on Facebook.

I wanted my engagement and wedding photos to be much more than a bunch of staged photos filled with cheesy smiles – so I took my time to find a wedding photographer and I’m glad that I did. If you’re looking for a photographer, here are a few tips:

  1. Make sure your photographer gets (and likes) your personality. You will be spending some intimate moments with your photographer and your photos will turn out more natural looking if you are comfortable with your photographer.
  2. Look for a wedding photographer who can tell a story. Your wedding photos will be the keepsakes that you take away from your wedding and it’s important your photographer can capture a number of different aspects of your wedding.
  3. Ask a million questions. And then ask a few more. The more informed you are about your photographer and your wedding day, the more comfortable you will be.
  4. Use your network to ask for recommendations! Personally, I reached out to a few brides who had used certain photographers to find out how easy the photographers were to work with, what their turn around time was and if they were pleased with their experience. This was a huge help!

Since booking Laura Wills, we took our engagement photos in the good ‘ole 97 degree Iowa weather and I wanted to share a few of the photos with you. Enjoy!

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