Firstly, I recommend you to check out the photographer’s portfolio – ask to take a look at it and make sure you ask about all the different styles of photos he/she takes (portraits, reports, colour, black and white, etc). You’ll be able to see quite quickly how talented (or not) the photographer is. Then make sure you ask to see a full wedding album, not just a selection of photos, so that you can see how the photographer works throughout the event. Don’t take much notice of diplomas or awards – the most important thing are the photos! The rest is just marketing!
Your wedding is unique and therefore deserves unique attention. So don’t be pushed into a look or style of photography that just doesn’t go with you. Look at the light, the frames and the emotions on display in the photographer’s work: they are a better guide than anything else to the wedding photography look you want. Also, ask the photographer to give you a few anecdotes about his/her wedding adventures; you’ll probably learn more about the way he/she works through these than anything else.
Make sure you connect with your photographer’s personality, in order to ensure fluid communication between the two of you.
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Written by Fred Marigaux
Photography Expert and Professional Photographer