The first step you should complete is to research and settle on a particular style of photography for your wedding album. There are various prominent styles among photographers, but the two most common styles are documentary and portraiture. The portraiture style, the photographer utilizes posed shots in front of backdrops or prearranged locations, this is a more rigid approach. For instance, picture newlyweds posed under a gazebo outside of a reception hall or a church. The documentary style features more creative shots which allows for more dramatic angles. Traditionally, this approach does not feature too many shots of people looking directly into the camera. Some couples find that hiring two photographers is the best course of action, especially if you have the budget space, as it allows you to capture more angles, or employ two different styles to have a unique wedding photograph album.
The second step now that you have researched the various styles is to start your search off with the recommendations of your friends, family, and trusted colleagues, in specific, anyone who has been married recently, or involved in a wedding in some facet. It is also suggested to ask your venue coordinator as some venues require you to select your vendors, including photographers, from an exclusive list. It is advisable to cross reference your candidates on a good online wedding directory. These websites are very resourceful tools as they provide users information on vendors including pricing, reviews, bridal testimonials, pictures, videos, etc. Be sure to study each photographer's personal website and any highlight galleries they have available online. After you have a good list, call them up, and ask them of their availability around the date of your wedding. Even if they are available, but seem too busy to handle your wedding properly, consider a different candidate. If they are not capable of spending the time you expect them to on your wedding, you should consider someone else.
The third step is to begin the interview process with each candidate, you will want to come prepared with plenty of questions for the candidate, and share your vision for the wedding with them. Ask each potential photographer what drove them to become one, how experienced they are, and how many weddings do they capture on average a year. You should ask the candidate if they are familiar with your venues, and if they would be willing to scope the locations out with you. Most professional photographers actually suggest it, so if they so say no, you should say no to this candidate as your potential photographer. You should ask them plenty of questions regarding logistics and labor demands, such as overtime policies and breaks. The last thing before ending each interview is ask for a sample invoice, and discuss the costs of the services. You will want to compare each invoice side-by-side, and see what candidate will give you the most out of your money's worth
The key factor in determining your candidate besides cost and experience is how well you foresee yourself trusting this person to handle the job. You need to be able to trust your photographer not only with the quality of your wedding pictures, but also dealing with your guests, in other words, the candidate should not be intrusive or obstructive in regards to acquiring the best shots of your guest. If you feel as though you have the right candidate at hand, write up a contract outlining every detail with them, and place a deposit. If you were diligent in hiring your photographer, the effort put into the labor will reflect in the form of wonderful wedding photography.