I am a wedding photographer and love your question.
You do exactly the right thing ... decide by the pictures and the style of the photographer (price of course is the second criteria
. You need to love the photographers work.
Ashling mentioned exactly my two main points how I would select a photographer - spot on!Portfolios - Look at real weddings - not only best of shots
Be careful when you look at portfolios - Always look at a full real wedding - never at best of shots. Be also careful with styled shoots - they could be misleading. This is not what you want to see. It can give you a good idea about the quality and creativity of the photographer - but make sure you decide based on real weddings the photographer did. Meet your photographer - make sure you have a connection
Make sure you connect with your photographer - he will be there the whole day - so make sure you are comfortable with that person. Make sure you meet your actual photographer - usually an issue when you hire a bigger photography studio. And some more:
- When you get hi res pictures on disc or USB: What does high resolution mean
for the photographer? Do they watermark the pictures?
- Are albums and prints included - they are usually hard to compare as there are huge differences in quality.
- I usually only offer full day photography as this is in my opinion the best way to document such a day with all the love and emotion. Make sure you know exactly how long your coverage
will be. Discounts (hehe ... you can always ask).
I personally don't give discounts ... but asking nicely what the photographer can do is ok in my opinion. You might ask for some extra hours, a bigger album, an engagement shoot. Make your wedding attractive for the photographer
(a lot of brides forget this!) ... I recently got the opportunity to shoot an amazingcastle wedding in Europe
and the couple wanted to book us but couldn't afford the airfare for us. I couldn't resist and gave her a great deal.
Hope this helps a little bit ... have fun choosing your photographer
. (no stress ... see the positive side ... you look at lots of beautiful pictures for inspiration).