1. Make sure they have a reputable portfolio
Go do research on the photographer’s portfolio. Go to their website, Facebook and Instagram if available and make sure that their work output and quality has been consistent over a long period of time. The last thing you need is a photographer with nothing to show or who has been doing photography on and off for a few years. This is a telltale sign that the photographer is either a hobbyist or an amateur. A handful of weddings are not enough.
2. Experience counts
Book a photographer that has a lot of wedding photography experience, that does planning for your wedding and is involved in the photography arrangements of your day. You will need a photographer who can take the lead and help you with various positions and locations for the day. You don’t need to worry about these type of things on your wedding day.
3. Book them for their style & ethos
The style of a photographer is their heart and soul – The last thing you want to ask a photographer that you have booked is to edit your photos in a different style. If you don’t like their style, don’t book them. Make sure that your photographer stands for what you believe in and does not compromise on any of it. You want to trust that person and to know that they have your best interests at heart.
4. Package benefits
Ask for comprehensive wedding package options and make sure that you get good value for the money you spend. Ensure that you make use of every opportunity that comes with the package and make sure that you consider the amount of photography time you will need before deciding on a package.
You need to enjoy and feel comfortable with your photographer, especially on your wedding day. Make sure to meet up with him or her before your wedding, even if it is to do the engagement shoot. It is always better to know who you are working with and how they do things before you commit to them for photographing your wedding day.
6. Wedding Contract
Make sure that you receive a wedding contract or terms & conditions from your photographer. In the digital age, so many things can go wrong and both parties need to be covered and understand what will happen should something not go according to plan. You don’t want someone that will run away with your money and you have no foot to stand on. Make sure that there are provisions in the wedding contract that give you a time frame of when you can expect to receive your photos, this is to keep the photographer accountable.