Popular wedding photographers get booked up quickly, so start looking as soon as possible.
Decide on the style of photos you prefer. Do you want traditional shots or a more relaxed, reportage style? Choose someone who specialises in your preferred look. Reportage photography may look easy but it takes a certain sill to capture unposed moments well.
You should always ask to see a few previous wedding albums, not just a carefully compiled portfolio of the best shots from several weddings. You want to make sure the standard is consistent throughout the whole day.
Question of copyright
Many couples are surprised that they don’t own the copyright of the pictures after the wedding, which means you don’t get the negatives or images on disk and have to pay for each print made. This should all be clear in the initial agreement, including the number of prints in the package price.
If you’d like a wedding video, the videographer may well work at the same studio as the photographer. Or your photographer can probably recommend someone they have worked with before. It’s important that the two of them have a good rapport since you don’t want them getting in each other’s way.
Ask to see samples of the videographer’s work. Again, you want to see a complete video, not carefully edited highlights from several weddings. You are paying as much for the post-production as the footage that is shot on the day. The addition of music, special effects such as slow motion, and captions can make your video look more like a feature film than a home movie.