When planning your wedding ask yourself, will this matter on your five year anniversary?  It puts it all into perspective- the many decisions regarding food, favors, flowers, and your wedding photography.  Because your wedding photographs will still hold meaning on your ten year anniversary and they will probably make an appearance on the cake table at your 50th anniversary celebration, this is one of the most important decisions you will make regarding your wedding.  These are your memories, this is your life together, this is something that will live on and be passed down.

Choosing the person to document one of the most important days of your life can be an overwhelming decision.  There are so many choices in so many price ranges, so many different styles and options to choose from. One way to narrow down your search is by asking a few questions.

1.  Does this person have work that makes me feel something?  When you are looking through their galleries you should have an emotional reaction, you should feel the joy of the day coming through the photographs.  If you don’t, perhaps that particular photographer’s style isn’t right for you.

2.  Do they display consistency? Ask your potential photographer to show you their wedding day coverage start to finish.  This is the main reason I include featured weddings that begin at getting ready and end with the leave on my site, so you can see how I document the wedding day.  Please don’t choose a photographer who only displays carefully curated posed photos taken in consistent light.  Make certain your photographer can handle rapidly changing lighting conditions- from natural light to dark reception halls, from colored disco lights to noon day sun.  If they refuse to show you more than just the ten to twenty posed photos they may not have the experience level to follow you from hotel to ceremony, formal photos to reception, to sparkler or bubble leave. 

3.  Always ask if your photographer has insurance. This not only separates the professionals from the amateurs, it also protects you.  If your photographer doesn’t have insurance and someone trips over a light stand and injures themselves, they may look to you for compensation. Also some venues refuse to allow photographers who cannot show proof of insurance.

4. And finally, don’t base your decision on price alone.  While hiring the cheapest photographer often leads to regret and heartbreak, it is also true that just because someone is the most expensive isn’t an indicator of excellent quality either.  Do you like their style, is it how you envision your own wedding photographs, are they consistent, do they evoke an emotional reaction?  Those are all more important than price.

Here are some helpful links:

From the insider’s point of view:http://dedpxl.com/shoot-what-matters/  and also:http://dedpxl.com/essay-i-hate-wedding-photography/.  And the 10 things you should know according to the Huffington Post:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/patrick-lockwood/10-things-brides-and-grooms_b_2908743.html

And my favorite link on wedding photography: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/anne-almasy/resolution_1_b_2761883.html