There are many factors to take into consideration when choosing a wedding photographer. You will want to compare his or her work, style and fees with those of their competitors. You will expect to have a face-to-face meeting with the photographer to judge whether or not you like them sufficiently to feel comfortable having them around throughout your wedding day.
You don’t want a loud, jolly extrovert cracking bad jokes and clowning around, but neither do you want a gloomy misanthropist bullying your guests into posing and glaring at them if they don’t behave. You certainly expect to see a friendly but unobtrusive professional who is able to provide ample evidence of their experience and expertise and who has an array of first-class photographic equipment at their disposal.
Now, having considered what your photographer can do for you, you should ask yourself what you can do for your photographer.
Making sure your photographer is allowed sufficient access to take the required wedding photographs is a given, and you must make sure your guests don’t get in the way. Don’t allow guests to hassle the photographer either or treat them with disrespect.
Remember also that your photographer is a human being and will appreciate being provided with refreshments. This is not mere consideration, it is also essential if the photographer is able to do their job properly. No-one can function normally and retain their focus for hours on end if they are hungry and dehydrated. Show your photographer the same courtesy you would show to all the members of your wedding party and make sure they have been allowed to take a break and have something to eat and drink.
Of course, you are paying the photographer for their services, but that doesn’t mean you can treat them in a rude or thoughtless manner. This might also impact badly upon the quality of the work you will get from them. The photographer is not a servant but a professional, aiming to do their job to the best of their ability because their livelihood depends upon it. They will perform more effectively if they are made to feel as worthy as all the other people at your wedding.
When all is said and done, the photographer is the source of all those wedding photographs you will be looking at throughout your married life, and how many other people at your wedding will have made such a long-lasting contribution?