Talk to at least three photographers to find the one you are most comfortable with.
Don’t settle. Talk to the photographer about pricing, packages, types of photos, ideas and so on.
Pay with a check or credit card. If the photogapher asks for cash, leave. With a check or credit card, you can trace your payments.
Make sure your vendor is established. Find out which professional organizations he or she belongs to. Ask for references and check out what he or she has done for other couples. Hopefully, you marry only once. You want your wedding photos to reflect the love you share.
Make an appointment with your photographer a month or two before the wedding to finalize any plans and go over the timetable.
Make a list of “must have” photos and how they can be worked into a style your photographer offers and you want.
Keep in mind that just because you liked a particular photo online or in a magazine, doesn’t mean it will transfer into your situation. Weather, sunsets and other factors come into play. Professsional photographers will do what they can, but even they aren’t miracle workers.
Strive for authenticity. Try to get photos that represent the two of you.
Be sure you know what you are getting. Wedding photographers offer an array of products, most importantly, wedding albums for pictures. Is that included in the price? Some couples want the whole package, others just want a disc of their photos and want to design their own album. However, it will cost more for the disc because, essentially, the photographer is giving up his or her copyright privileges to the photos.
Photographers agree, you get what you pay for in wedding pictures.