#1. Be sure to check out their blog and their website for their recent work.
One thing that I like to check out is whether or not their quality is consistent. You want to make sure that you will be happy with your photos when you receive them! Also check out their blog to see what their personality is like. They will spend the entire day with you, and it’s important to ask yourself if you think you could get along with them all day. Mainly make sure that you like the photographer, and they will be professional and friendly throughout your day to your guests 🙂 Do your research!
#2. Personally, I feel that you should never hire a photographer that does not require a contract to be signed.
It’s VERY important that you both have the same expectations for one of the most important days of your life! A contract helps to make sure that everyone involved is aware of their roles and responsibilities throughout the relationship.
#3. Be sure to budget.
Some wedding photographers can be at a pretty high price point, but more than likely, they’re worth it! After all is said and done, the only thing you’ll really have left to remember your wedding day is your wedding photos. It’s so important to have a photographer whose style and work you absolutely LOVE, and sometimes that means paying a little more than you thought. Whether you stay in your budget (high or low) or go outside of it, it’s really important to budget for such an important staple of your day. If there is a photographer you love that you just can’t budget for, ask them for some references! Most photographers I’ve met are more than willing to help you find a great photographer in your price range!
#4. Talk with your soon-to-be-husband or wife!
It’s really important that you both agree on a photographer, since the day belongs to the both of you, and you should both feel comfortable with your decision. After all, you’re both paying for it!
#5. Ask questions!
A wedding photographer will ask you questions before booking, and it’s equally important to ask them questions as well! This is a good time to get a feel for what will be included, and how they will interact with you throughout the relationship. Communication is so important and should continue on far beyond your initial conversation to book them.
Once you have actually chosen your wedding photographer (yay!! What a huge accomplishment!), if they offer a complimentary engagement session – do it! If they don’t offer one, schedule one. This is such a GREAT time to be in front of their camera to practice for the day of the wedding. It also gives you a better idea of how the day will go, helps make you feel comfortable about having your photos taken, and provides you with the opportunity to build trust that they will be just what you need on the big day!