It's important to know which styles that you prefer when searching for your photographer.
Don't ever hire a photographer based only on his/her images.
Their style of shooting is just as important as the images.
Do they let the wedding unfold in front of them or do they take control of all situations.
It's important to know ahead of time, because this could wreck your day.
An example would be if your photographer is constantly pulling you away from the party to get formal shots when all you really want is candid images of you and your friends having a good time.
Be sure to ask a lot of questions so you know what you are getting into.
Over the past few years there has been a shift toward a more photojournalistic approach, using available light and lenses with short depth of field.
I think these types of images can be beautiful and really do set a romantic tone for the images.
Having a great location for the ceremony and the reception really helps to get the best of these types of shots.
Churches and reception halls that are flooded with natural light are ideal if these are the kinds of images that you are looking for.
I also find some of the more traditional formal pictures to be just as beautiful and romantic.
The key again, is finding a suitable location.
That can be in the church or a separate location, or maybe a little bit of both.
A great spot to do the formal family pictures is right where the ceremony took place, the alter of the church or the spot where the vows were said.
There are usually some nice flowers or candles to use as added decoration.
If you get married in a church, the alter is usually a little bit elevated.
Anywhere from one to a few stairs really help when trying to arrange a large group so that the image looks balanced and everyone can be seen.
When looking for an outdoor location for formals, I would suggest finding someplace that is simple and elegant.
You have put so much time and effort into finding the most beautiful dresses and flowers, it would be a shame to have them overshadowed by a busy location.
There has also been a shift toward having 2 photographers for your wedding day.
This is another great way of blending both candid images and traditional posed images.
While one photographer is getting the more straightforward posed shots, the second shooter can be getting all the fun behind the scenes pictures.
The kinds of pictures where you didn't even know you were being photographed.
The most important thing to remember when hiring a photographer is to know what styles you like best, and then making sure your photographer is on the same page.
Preparing a list of must have shots and giving that to your photographer ahead of time is another great way to ensure you get what you want.