Choosing a photographer for your wedding or for any other important occasion is no easy task. You want to hire someone who can capture the special moments of the day and provide you with images that you will treasure for a lifetime.

There are so many elements to a wedding that can be the focus of decision-making: the venue, the caterer, the band. And because photography is constantly improving and evolving, you may find yourself asking yourself: When it comes to photos, should I stick with a professional photographer or simply rely on my family and friends?

In this day and age of smartphones, it's easy to forget that just a few years ago, taking a decent photo required more than point-and-shoot technology. If you were really going to capture your big day in all its glory, you needed someone with experience.

Here are some tips so that you can choose the perfect photographer:

See their portfolio

Before the wedding, ask your photographer to send you sample photos from a recent wedding or a session. Make sure you like what you see as your wedding photos will have the same style.

Brief your wedding photographer

Tell them what kind of photos you'd like during your consultation. Do you want candid shots or do you prefer formal ones? Will there be children at your wedding? Try to tell them as much as possible in order to make sure they understand what kind of pictures you want them to take.

Are they experienced enough?

Look for a photographer with years of experience and an impressive portfolio. That way, you know he or she will be able to get all the shots you'll need without getting in your way. It helps if they've been photographing weddings for a while because they know what they're doing and they have connections so they can do it right; plus you'll be able to get pictures done faster.

Do they know your venue?

It's best if your photographer is familiar with the location where the ceremony will take place as well as with its lighting conditions. The light can change dramatically from one minute to another and it's important your photographer know how to handle it.

A good sense of humour

The day of the wedding is so stressful and busy with so many people around that you really need someone who can keep the stress level low, especially if you don't have a good support system. I remember one wedding I shot, the groom was running late and the bride was almost in tears, but then I told her a joke and she started laughing and everything was fine after that.


With good ideas, and the ability to think on their feet when something goes wrong, your wedding photos will turn out awesome!