Hiring the perfect wedding photographer is one of the most, and I stress "Most" important parts of planning your wedding. I've heard horror stories about couples suing the photographer and you do not want to be one of them. Couples have sued because the wedding pictures were not at all what they thought they would get, in some cases the photographer missed some very important parts, or the pictures were dark, faces could not be seen, and the list goes on and on. Do not let this happen to you. When hiring a photographer first look for recommendations. Talk to people who have gotten married or had special events photographed before you start looking on your own. If this does not work, then start your search.
Make sure you give the 3rd degree to the wedding photographers you are trying to hire for your wedding, interview them as if it was the job of their life. Do not be shy, do not feel bad and make sure they know exactly what you are looking for.
Ask lots of questions like the ones below.
1. How long have you been doing this?
2. Make it fun. Did you start doing events or photographing birds?
3. How many weddings have you done?
4. Can you show me pictures of some of the weddings?
5. Can I contact some of the people you have done work for?
6. Give me their info … Please.
Some brides hire photographers because of price, and while it is understandable that a bride on a budget looks first at the price, this is one of the things you should not skimp on. Reduce your budget in other places, whether it is the favors or the linen make sure your pictures are not where you are making cuts. Make sure the photographer is not chosen just because of price. I'm not saying that you can not find a good inexpensive photographer; I'm saying that you should ask the questions and take them into consideration before making your decision. The wedding photos are the memories that will stay with you for a lifetime, and let's hope your marriage does the same. Make sure you hire the right person for the job, because you can not redo the wedding event the same exact way to get the right pictures. Although I did read about someone trying to do that after they sued their photographer, but really, you want to be able to get it right the first time. Have fun interviewing.