Here are a few points to keep in mind when looking for a wedding photographer.
1. Create a short list of photographers based on recommendations from family, friends and recent brides. Review the photographers portfolio to see how many weddings they've photographed and if they have a good collection of photos (engagement, bridal, formal, candid, ceremony and reception photos). Conduct a short phone interview. The first question to ask is if they are available on the date of your wedding!
2. Narrow down your list based on the phone interview, and then meet with at least two potentials. You need to consider whether his or her style and personality matches your overall vision for your wedding day. It’s imperative that you have a comfortable relationship with your photographer.
3. Review a few of their albums. This will give you a sense of their finished product and ensure that the photographer does, in fact, have experience.
4. Once you’ve selected the photographer, discuss the specific services you require and the hours you will need them. Usually photographers come early – perhaps two hours before the ceremony – to capture some candid moments. It can be typical for a photographer to spend eight hours covering a wedding.
5. Work with your photographer. You need their help coordinating the day’s timetable to ensure that portraits are being done in the best light, that everyone shares the same vision for the photos, and that there is no rush.
6. Seek your photographer’s input on photography conditions at the venue.
7. When the photos arrive, pour over all the proofs. Decide on your package in advance and determine what kind of album you want, how many portraits you would like, and if a disk of high resolution images can be included.
8. Save a few smiles – and kisses – for the end of the night. Your photographer will want to get some of these to close out the evening – and your album.