I have collated some ideas to help you in choosing a photographer based on talking to couples over many years.
Professionalism is a must and a good personality is important, this person will be sharing your day and interacting with your relatives and friends. Hire a photographer for their quality of work, not their price! Remember, you only get married once. If you want to share your pictures with friends on Facebook etc, you might need to purchase digital images separately so be aware. Choose a photographer that you feel relaxed with, this will help you on your wedding day. Your wedding day can be a bit overwhelming, and a good photographer does not only take your photos but helps you remember what the day is really all about. Make sure you see work from more than just one wedding they’ve done and they aren’t just shooting the same tired old shots at every wedding. Your wedding should look as different and unique as you are.
Wedding photography is an art.
You are not just paying for a package, you are INVESTING in an entire experience, a service and a final product that will last years, if not a lifetime.
Experience Level – Has this person photographed other weddings? Does he/she do this for a living or for fun? Are they a full time professional photographer?
Photographic Style – Are the images that you are shown, what you would like to see? There are “buzz” words flying about everywhere about photojournalism, formal, classic candid, and so on. Do you want a mixture of black and white, toned or only colour photos?
Truth in Advertising – Is this the photographer that will be photographing your wedding or will they send in whomever is available. Don’t be shocked, this happens more often than you can imagine. Be certain that you know which photographer is going to be there and that you see HIS/HER work.
Appearance – Ask the photographer how he/she intends to dress. Is this person well groomed?
Offering – Whether it’s a la carte or a package, do you understand what you are getting? Is there any room for changes and will it cost to do so? Sometimes the packages are fixed, sometimes they can be customized, in any case, ask. How much time will he/she spend? What if you need more time? Make sure that you know what’s coming.
Equipment level – Does the photographer have backup equipment and is it the same quality as the primary equipment, professional equipment costs thousands of pounds, there is a reason for this.