Step 3. Experience (what they have and what you want)
No matter which photographer you choose, you need to be confident in their ability. I mentioned in ‘Step 1. Budget’ you may decide to choose a photographer who is new to the wedding industry. That’s absolutely fine, as long as you are 100% sure that they are going to be able to capture your wedding in the way you would like.
It is always a good idea to find out if your photographer has photographed at your venue before. If they have it means that they will know the layout of the venue and where some of the most picturesque spots are. They’ll know how the venue work weddings (as each one does it slightly differently) and where they need to be at certain times.
If a photographer hasn’t been to your venue before it doesn’t mean you should rule them out. Rather, find out how they work. Will they do a visit beforehand to get a feel of the venue and where things are? Will they try and hold a pre wedding shoot in the grounds so you can look at it together? Will they meet with your wedding coordinator for a run-down of your day? As long as you’re confident they will do their research before your wedding day, never photographing at your venue before should not be a reason to not choose that photographer. After all, everyone has to have a first visit!
Some venues have recommended photographers. These are usually photographers that have spent a lot of time building up a rapport with a particular venue, and who work well together. Occasionally they also offer a discount if booked together. If you’re opting for a venue recommended photographer, make sure you’ve done your research first. Just because someone is recommended doesn’t mean they’re going to be the right photographer for you!