With so many photographers out there it can be an overwhelming experiencetrying to find the right one. There are so many factors to weigh: their style, location, your budget, just to name a few. But remember to look a little deeper. Sure it’s is great to find a photographer who has wonderful work posted ontheir website, but there is more to your wedding photography experience thanthe final shots. Ask for names and contact information of couples who have hadthe photographer at their wedding. They will be able to offer insights about theirexperiences with the photographer.
Remember to ask questions and get to know your photographer before yourbig day. It is important that you get along well with your photographer. You wantto be sure to hire someone you feel comfortable with. Otherwise, it couldmake for a long day of photos. Also be sure to know that theperson you are meeting with is indeed the photographer you will have on yourwedding day. Having a surprise switch after you’ve hired someone is notnecessarily a good surprise. Discuss with the photographer your ideas and preferences for photo styles. Do you like more candid photos? Do you have an idea of a photo you're really like to capture at the wedding, such as an artistic shot of you in the tall grass? Are there locations you want to stop for photos aside from the place where the ceremony will be held?
Talk to your photographer about completion schedules and what exactly you are getting in your package. Will you have your proofs within a week? A month? Four months? Are you receiving a set of printed proofs or only online proofing? Do you get to keep your proofs or is there an additional fee? Will you be able to order more products later if you decide you want to? How long does the photographer keep your images? These are all important questions to ask going in so you know what to expect.
While budget is definitely a factor for most brides, remember to look at more than just the prices. It is completely worth it to pay an little extra for a photographer who will provide you with amazing photographs and who you get along well with. If the packages are a little steep for your budget, try talking with the photographer about customizing a package to fit your needs that will still work within your budget. Most photographers are more than willing to create a special package for their clients.
The most important aspect of finding the right photographer (and wedding planning on the whole) is to have fun!