Hiring a wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions you will make – long after the ceremony is over, the photographs will help you remember your special day.  Professional photographers know that wedding photographs are a treasure that will be enjoyed by the happy couple and their family and friends for years to come, and they spend the time it takes to capture all of the special moments that you want to remember.

As you plan your wedding, consider the time and effort you put into the details.  From selecting your dress to carefully planning every “bite” of the menu at your reception, the little things are a big part of creating your dream day.  The right wedding photographer will capture every one of those all-important details, so choosing the best person to document your wedding is a big decision.  Before you begin, there are a few things you should consider.

Many brides start their search for a wedding photographer online, but don’t let the low prices or fancy pictures you see on websites lead you to make a choice on a wedding photographer that you will regret later.  There are a number of large national companies that offer wedding photography packages at what seems like a great rate- but you may be surprised at what and WHOM you actually get for the money.  While you may be expecting to find professional photographers, many of these companies hire amateurs who make as little as a few hundred dollars per wedding.  In most cases, you won’t even be able to meet with your wedding photographer or see his or her portfolio before you have handed over your money to the photography company!

On the other hand, a true professional knows that making sure the bride is happy requires more than just a cheap rate for photos.  As you begin looking for a wedding photographer, start by asking when you can meet the person who will capture your most important memories.  You should be able to sit down with the wedding photographer, view a portfolio of photos they have taken at other weddings, and find out what they have to offer.  By meeting with your wedding photographer, you can find out what their style is, what types of pictures you can expect, and how long they will spend with you on your big day.  You might be surprised to find out just how affordable a local, professional wedding photographer really is.

As you search for photographers, spend a few minutes reading the reviews of online companies.  Many brides have expressed their disappointment with big national companies who promised professional photographers but failed to deliver on that promise.  You should be able to meet with your wedding photographer, and he or she should be happy to provide you with references who can help you get a good idea of what to expect at your wedding.  The wedding photographer should also be willing to work with you to get an idea of the memories that matter the most to you.  Whether it is capturing a photo of your first dance as husband and wife or getting the perfect shot of you as you leave, professional photographers are willing to dedicate the time it takes to ensure you have the photos you truly want.

On the day you begin your life as husband and wife, do you really want to leave your priceless memories in the hands of anyone but a professional that you completely trust?  The right wedding photographer will capture the joy you share on your big day, and as you plan your wedding, you should demand the very best.  When the food is gone and the dancing is over, the pictures of your wedding should bring a smile to your face each time you see them. If you want a great wedding photographer- check out Indiana Bride Magazine picks for your fabulous “pics” today!