I thought I would put together a few helpful tips to help make this decision easier for you.
1. Choose a photographer that has pictures in their portfolio that capture the way you would like to remember your wedding. I know that sounds obvious but don’t pick one that has stylized magazine type photos if you are wanting a light airy vintage style wedding. Ask to see a full wedding portfolio not just a couple of their best shots so you get a feel of their overall style.
2. Pick a photographer that captures the details of the day as well as the emotions. After all, you have also spent many more hours trawling the internet for your gifts, flowers, hair etc. Make sure your photographer will document these details for you.
3. Pick a photographer that wants to get to know you …yes you! For me, getting to know my couples prior to the wedding is hugely important. Remember, this person is going to be with you all day long, on one of the most important days of your lives, so it's vital you feel comfortable with them and they don’t make you feel anxious. A stressed or unhappy bride and groom don't make for good photos so pick someone who makes you feel relaxed and comfortable and bring out the best in you. Remember, wedding photographers aren't just suppliers, they're one of the most important guests at your wedding.
4. This is a tricky subject but do not scrimp on your photography budget. I’m not saying cheap photographers are bad, there are great ones in the lower budget range and also there are poor photographers in the higher range. The photos are the only lasting memories of the day after you have eaten the cake and drunk the champagne. Please don’t rely on your friends and family to capture these precious moments on their phones or cameras. Let them relax and invest in a great photographer that you love. At the end of the day a good photographer will capture the emotion of the day and all the important moments.
5. Lastly…buy the album ! Not only is it beautiful way to display your wedding photos but hopefully you will be bringing it out for generations to come for them to enjoy as well (or probably laugh at Auntie Ethel’s poor fashion sense!)