Ten Tips on choosing your wedding photographer

1) Trends: Your photographer should be aware of photography trends, current and classical.

Wedding photography styles vary drastically from one photographer to another. Search for a unique style and vision that fits you.

2) Meeting the photographer:

Always ask to meet the photographer who will be photographing your wedding. Ask to see their portfolio and if they are a full time photographer and make sure your personalities click. (You'll be spending a lot of time with them.)

3) Experience:

Make sure your photographer has enough experience photographing weddings. Your photographer might be a great product or news photographer, but has no idea how to handle a wedding day or the pressure that comes with it. Just because they own a camera it doesn’t make a photographer, it takes years of mentoring, studying to perfect their craft.

4) Image storage: Ask how your photographs are stored after the wedding. Are your images backed up safely? Are the photographs color corrected, retouched etc.?

5) Valid business: Just because the photographer has a business card don't assume they have a valid business address and a NY State tax ID number. Is the business a registered corporation? How many years have they been in business? A photographer that has a studio and a legitimate space to see clients is usually more reliable for the simple fact that they have more invested than a photographer who meets their clients at a cafe. (You wouldn't be able to find them at the cafe if things are not going your way.)

Don't leave your once in a lifetime memories to a once in a while Photographer. (Author unknown)

6) Referrals: Check for referrals and reviews. You can do this by going to various wedding sites such as Martha Stewart Weddings, The Wedding Wire and the Knot etc. or the Better Business Bureau. Ask for past client references that you could check with.

7) Legal agreement: You should receive a legal and binding agreement once you have made your decision. This protects you and remember to get everything in writing. People hear and perceive things differently and remember there are no verbal agreements in a contract.

8) Professional Credentials: Look for indicators that your photographer may be a member of a professional photography organization such as Professional Photographers of America or Wedding and Portrait Photographers International.

Are they continuing their photographic education? What awards have they won? and do those awards come from legitimate organizations.

9) Price: You may find a big difference in pricing between different photographers. Keep this in mind. Since most photographers pay about the same for finished prints and albums the prices are primarily based upon the photographers’ artistic skill ( the most important), the amount of post production i.e.: retouching and the photographers overhead. Remember the memory of bad quality lasts longer than the shock of the high price.

10) Creative Compositions all of the above "Use your imagination. We do. "