How To Choose A Wedding Photographer - Scroll down for full info!
Interview several photographers because price is not the only determining factor
Ask each photographer the following questions:
* Do they have back up equipment AND back up photographers in case of emergency?
* How long have they been photographing weddings?
* How do they store your wedding images?
* Do they work with an assistant?
* What type of insurance do they have? How does this protect you?
* Do they offer video as well as photography?
* What is the timeline for delivery of proofs and other products?
* Verify that the person you interview will be the one photographing your wedding.
* Look at complete wedding albums, not just select photos on a website.
* Verify the photographer's payment schedule.
* Is a deposit required?
* When does the balance need to be paid in full?
* How many photographs and what type of album or CD of images are included in the price?
* Does the photographer know the policy of your church, synagogue or other wedding venue? This is important because some locations have very specific rules regarding photography.
* Are there extra charges for assistants, black & white photos, album design, enlargements, or travel fees?
* Ask about credentials, such as memberships in professional organizations, certifications or degrees.
Let them know exactly what you envision for your wedding. If you aren't sure what you want, find a photographer who will offer advice and customize coverage specifically for you.
Look for a photographer you are comfortable with
Brides spend more time with their photographer than practically anyone else during the wedding day.
What type of photography can you expect?
Formal (AKA Traditional Wedding Photography)
Informal, spur of the moment (AKA Photojournalistic Wedding Photography)
Are they able / willing to combine the styles for your album?
Ask for contact information for past clients.
OBTAIN A WRITTEN CONTRACT SIGNED BY YOU AND THE PHOTOGRAPHER!
The contract should specify in writing, EVERYTHING YOU AGREED ON.
Insist that verbal terms be included in writing.
Details should also include what happens if your photographer doesn't show up as well as cancellation/refund policies.
Every service to be provided and the name of the photographer who will photograph your wedding should be here.
The location, date, time and length of each photo session throughout the day, including the time & location when photos will begin.
A list of guaranteed prices for enlargements and other orders afterwards.
Any additional charges like taxes or travel fees.
Ask friends and family for recommendations
Also check the Better Business Bureau (BBB.com) and Professional Photographers of America (PPA.com)