So how do you choose the right photographer for your wedding? I would say there are several stages, and many different ways to go about finding the right photographer. I would start by asking yourself some questions about what you are looking for.
1) What style of photography do you like?
To answer this it will be helpful to browse photographers’ websites, bridal magazines, blogs, books, etc. It may be helpful to choose your favorite photographs and look over photographers who create similar images. Another way to think about this is: how do you want to remember your wedding? Are you going to treasure the candid/photojournalistic photographs or family portraits? How about some fun portraits of you and your partner? Is there anything in particular you need your photographer to know or do (for example, know how to photograph a Persian wedding ceremony or use black and white film)?
After you decide on the type of style you like, I would move on to find out more about how photographers photograph, and what you are comfortable with:
2) What would make me comfortable with my photographer?
Do you want your photographer to be in the background? Do you want him to help create moments? Perhaps you prefer to have your photographer to act more like a guest more than a contractor, or vice versa?
3) What is my price range?
Or what is the upper limit you may want to spend if you find the perfect photographer? How much would you like to spend?
After you answer these questions you will have the basic criteria needed to build a list of photographers you are interested in, whether it be by going online, visiting a bridal show, or some combination. The photographers should fit in with the styles you like, how you want the photographer to participate in your day and your budget–I would also throw in one or two photographers who maybe do not fit all the categories, but grab your attention one way or another.
Once you have your potential photographers, and know they are available, you should come up with a list of questions to ask each photographer to ensure that he or she is the right one. And come back soon to check out the list of questions I think you should ask.