With such an important task at hand, it's important for couples to choose the right wedding photographer; otherwise, they could end up with low-quality, amateurish photos that don't convey the true nature and emotion of the wedding.
When you're shopping around for a professional photographer, check to make sure they are experienced with weddings. Just because a photographer claims to have been in business for 5 or 10 years doesn't necessarily mean they've worked weddings. Don't be afraid to ask them about their wedding experience. Find out how long they've been in business and how many weddings they've performed. You don't have to get an exact number, as a ballpark figure will suffice.
Note: you might save some cash opting for an inexperienced photographer, but this isn't something you should try to save money on. Spending the extra money on an experienced, professional photographer is a smart investment that will pay off in the form of better memories.
Check Out Their Samples
There's no better or easier way to gauge a professional photographer's work than by viewing some of his or her samples. Every reputable photographer should have a collection of their work in a portfolio for potential clients to view. Take a few minutes to scan through their work to see if they are a good match for you and your spouse. Do they capture the emotion and expression well? What about the lighting and scenery? These are all things that must be answered before you make a decision.
Film vs Digital
You should also determine whether the photographer shoots in traditional film or digital format. Most professional photographers today use digital format, as this offers greater flexibility and more options in terms of touch-ups; however, there are some photographers out there who prefer film.
Regardless of which format you choose to go with, ask the photographer for a price breakdown on the wedding photos. Decide exactly how many photos you want, along with their size, and discuss it with the photographer. Hopefully, they'll offer you a package deal to save money, while still allowing you to order additional photos in the future.