Selecting someone for a very personal and (hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime job doesn't have to be a stressful task. By allowing time and preparing properly, you can ensure that you have done everything reasonably possible to make the right decision.

The challenge

You only get one chance, just one day to make it all work, and this involves the photographer working and getting the best of a host of potentially chaotic variables, including weather, location / venue, guests, and of course , you and your partner!

So what variables do you, the prospective bride or groom, have to grapple with ahead of time, to ensure that you can select a photographer who can comfortably meet the challenge, delight you with your service, and provide you with good feelings and lasting memories? of the wedding experience?


Here is a general checklist that you may want to use as a basis for selecting your wedding photographer:

Initial sweep and selection

Wedding photographers will advertise locally, but if you can get a recommendation from a good friend or family member, all the better. Websites can also provide a good way to see some of the photographer's work, gather useful information, and perhaps read some testimonials.

The main thing to remember is to try to set up a meeting where you can ask questions face to face and see some good, recent examples of your work.

Time scales

Good wedding photographers have a very busy schedule, so try to book them well in advance of the wedding date.

You will need to find out how long the wedding photographer intends to stay at the wedding and reception.

It's also worth asking how long it will be after the wedding before the tests are available for you to view.


When you meet your prospective photographers, you will get a good impression of whether you and your family will be able to get along with them, whether they are helpful and approachable, and whether you can have some kind of relationship with them. this will be important on your wedding day.

If possible, make sure the photographer is presentable and neat.

If they have references you can read, ask to see them.

A good wedding photographer should be able to immediately anticipate and be forthcoming about the main things you want to ask and know about the entire process; this will be a sign of experience.

The experience

Find out if the prospective photographer is a wedding specialist, how long he has been a wedding photographer, and approximately how many weddings he has been a photographer / how often. These points will give you a good indication of whether you are on the right track.

It is also worth finding out if they have experience with your particular wedding venue and venues, and if they can work well with other parties that may be involved, e.g. Eg catering service providers or coordinators.

Author's Bio: 

Couples may have found their photographer through a wedding directory through a Google search. It costs money to advertise on those sites.