Finding a wedding photographer
Get personal recommendations
Personal recommendation is by far the best way to go about finding a good photographer says Julie Davis, of Little Jewel Weddings
"If you like the wedding photographs of a family member, friend or colleague, then inquire about their wedding photographer and take it from there.
"They’ll be able to tell you what the photographer was like to work with on the day, if they were reasonably priced, if they edited the pictures in a timely fashion etc."
These days wedding photographs are out there for all to see! Couples post their images on Facebook and other sharing sites so it's easy to check out what's available. Get your stalk on and check out recently married friends photo albums and ask them for their recommendations.
Check out Wedding Photography organizations
(Wedding Photojournalist Association) or the AGWPJA
(Artistic Guild of Wedding Photojournalist Association) accredit wedding photographers based on their standard of work.
"Whereas the WPJA upholds strict guidelines that forbid excessive picture manipulation, the AGPJA encourages and fosters creative image enhancement, with the vision of promoting Artistic, Fine Art Wedding Photojournalism"
Photographers honoured by either of these associations must produce work to a high enough standard in order to claim membership so it's a good indicator of talent and award winning status.
This doesn't neccessarily mean they'll be out of your price range but you should expect to pay more for an accredited photographer.
Art is subjective though so just because a photographer has won awards doesn't mean you're going to love his or her style - decide early on if you want to go artistic or classic as this will help your search.
Use online forums
Get online and ask other former brides and brides to be for their recommendations. You can even use our wedding forums on wewomen
. It's free!