1. Spend some time identifying what your photography style is. Look through magazines and tear out images that grab you. If you like bright, advertising-style images, a photographer with a more fashion-led style will suit your wedding best.
2. Ask your friends for recommendations. Even if they aren’t recently married, they may have been at a wedding where they were impressed with the photographer.
3. Look at a lot of photographers’ websites. What’s your first impression? Do you like their work? Is their website well designed? Remember, this is the person who will be designing your wedding album.
4. Narrow your choices down to three and make appointments to meet them. It’s important that you look at album samples so that you know what you’ll be getting.
5. Don’t book someone whose work you love, if you don’t like them personally. If you don’t get on, it will be apparent in your expressions on the day and on record in your pictures forever!
6. Do ask to see photos from a complete wedding. It’s easy to take two or three good shots at each wedding, but its consistency that is the mark of a good, professional photographer.
7. Don’t make your decision purely based on price. Ten years from now when you are looking through the album, you won’t care how much it cost if the pictures are fabulous. These images will be your everlasting memory from the day so they need to be perfect!
8. Make sure that you hire a professional. It’s a specialized job; experience in dealing quickly and efficiently with different lighting and weather situations is key.
9. Do ask for a pre-wedding shoot if it’s not included in your package. It’s a great chance to have some fun while you’re at it. These could even make great shots for your thank you cards.
10. Don’t leave it too late. Many photographers are already taking bookings for early 2012. Book early to make sure you get the photographer you really want.