Photographs are memories captured for a lifetime, perhaps the most important take-away of any wedding. It cant be stressed enough how critical it is to capture them right. This would mean that you have to trust the job to get done with the right talent, skills and most importantly the experience.
You will find professional wedding photographers with several styles but choosing a style that you like and conveying the your vision to the photographer will determine the what is captured by the photographer. A typical style of photo would be candid shots as the photographer sees them. You will have shots of the reception and ceremony venue before you or your guests arrive as the starting point. These shot are like captured like stills in storyboard when you will not see many photographs of people staring at the camera. The style is meant to capture the moment more than portraits, this style of photography being preferred by most photographers today. The convention style of wedding photography is capturing everything in portraits. This style of photography is what you will see on old wedding albums. Most of this style reflects images captured with various backdrops, group shots, and formal poses.
Now that you have your style selected you can describe to the photographer your vision and ideas for the entire event. But before you set out to reach a photographer, get a little bit of research done will help you better understand the work of the photographer and whether it matches your tastes. Most photographers have Facebook and Flickr pages where you can browse through plenty of images and importantly review the feedback they have left at these sites.
You would have a nice shortlist by now to meet the photographer in person in person to discuss the availability and fees. Looking at their websites you will get a fair idea of their charges and various packages. Meeting the photographer in person will also familiarize you with his personality and whether he can envision your thoughts in his work. Setting up meetings for three to five photographers will have give you a better idea on who you can narrow it down to.
Reviewing the photographers work with a critical eye to know whether he has been able to capture the moment without missing it or being too late will give you a better idea of his creative talent. Every photographer will provide you with his portfolio that you can browse which a great way to get started but you will also have to look at complete albums of previous clients to know that you are on the right track.
Discussing with the photographer about a secondary shooter or staff that will be accompanying him on the day of wedding is very important. Most pros include this in their contracts but in-case they don’t would need to discuss how much would it cost you. You will also have to keep in mind the staff present on that day may have varying style, so planning what the second lens-man would shoot needs to be a part of the discussion as well.
Comparing pricing based on different packages would be the next step after you have meet with the people you have shortlisted. There is a wide range of pricing you will be presented with ranging any where from $3000 to $20000 and upwards. Also, the package details such as the time the photographer would spend covering the event or the number of hours included whether included in the quote.
Lastly, you will need to discuss when you would have the word delivered and the output you will receive. Usually delivery would take up a month or so, maybe be more in-case the photographer is going to spend longer editing the shots.