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Your wedding day goes by so fast; you owe it to yourself to make sure you have the best photos taken.
Research - As soon as you set a date, begin searching for a photographer by asking friends, browsing websites, and reading blogs. View their work to get a sense of their style and quality. Once you narrow it down to a few, ask to see more images including a full wedding. Don't forget to read online reviews on the photographers that you are considering. You can also ask to speak with previous clients.
Review previous photos critically - The photographer you choose should have no problem sharing complete weddings with you. Review these examples carefully. Make sure the moments captured in the photos are how you would like your key moments captured. Take your time looking at them and imagining your wedding in those photos.
Interview the photographer - If you are working with a larger studio, you may need to confirm who your shooter will be, then schedule an interview with that person. You will have to be able to work with this person and he or she will need to have a clear idea of what your vision is. You should feel comfortable having this person shadowing your every move during your wedding day and interacting with your guests.
Compare packages - Ask what is included with a standard package. Ask about additional fees and make sure you know how many hours of shooting are included before extra charges incur. Consider paying extra if you may need more time, instead of paying for overtime later.
Schedule and engagement shoot - This is a great time to get comfortable with your photographer and get a feel for how they work. The more you and your photographer "click" before the wedding, the better the experience for both of you.
Pick your head up - We have been told to hold our head up since our first school picture. You will be nervous and may not smile, but at least keep your head up for great photos of faces, not the top of your head.
Enjoy the day - Relax and remember that something may go wrong. Things will take longer than expected, vows get lost, traffic makes the groom late, and none of these things will make the day any less special. Ask your maid of honor to orchestrate some group photos and have her meet the photographer ahead of time. This way, you don't have to worry about any of the photography issues and you can enjoy your day.