I think that it is very important that you find the right wedding photographer to capture memories of your day. You should take the time to find the perfect photographer and don’t just settle on the first one that you encounter.
I would recommend that you should start planning for you wedding photos at least twelve months in advance, especially if you are trying to book a sought after photographer. Generally a wedding photographer can only commit to one wedding per day. It would be a shame if the wedding photographer that you would like is already booked. Ask you friends and colleagues for recommendations and also don’t forget to ask Google. Once you have created a list of three to four photographers, check out their websites, online portfolio and blogs. Ask yourself whether you like the poses of the bride and groom? Do you like the quality of the digital processing and do you like the images that are on display – are they classy or cheesy, contemporary or old fashioned?
Next arrange a face to face meeting with three or four of the photographers that you have now shortlisted. This will give you an opportunity to interact on a personal basis with the photographer. This is important as you will need to work closely together on the day and it is vital that you are able to work with one another. Building a rapport at this early stage helps so much on the day to create a more relaxed atmosphere. If they are not interested in meeting up with you then move on, you are exactly what a wedding photographer should be interested in. Most photographers should be happy to spend the time answering your questions and help you understand what will be involved on your wedding day. During the meeting you should ask to see some sample work. Photographers will often show you some of their best shots, however it is likely that these will be from a variety of different weddings. It is important that you ask to see a complete album from a single wedding, this will enable you to check the consistency of the work as well as seeing how the photographers style continues through the day.
Make sure that you understand the photographers pricing structure and that you are getting what you want within the package, or can add it as an extra to your package.
Good luck in your search for a wedding photographer, congratulations on your forthcoming ceremony and enjoy your big day.