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Here’s my advice for hiring a wedding photographer: Do not hire them based on friends recommendations, how great their pictures are online, and no matter how nice a person they are, that does not mean they will take great pictures of you. Meet with them in person, make sure they will listen to you, make sure they will give you the direction you need to get the best pictures possible of your day. ALWAYS get engagement pictures taken, they are the trial run of you & your photographer for your wedding day!I used Amy Prikzasky, and I hired her based on the recommendation of a friend, her prices, and I liked her online photos. But my DH & I were really disappointed in some of the pictures, and more than a few were missing that we would have liked to have. We should have been tipped off by the fact that she didn't listen to us, and some of her pictures were sub par. If you are not comfortable in front of the camera, get someone who will coach you (it would have helped us a lot if Amy had done this). Make sure your contract states that you get ALL of the photographs, not just the ones chosen by the photographer. If things don't work out, be prepared with a backup choice that you can easily move to. Your pictures will be the most important reminder of your day, so make your choice wisely! Good luck!
I made a spreadsheet and ended up with 34 tabs for each photographer I was interested in. I pretty much copied/pasted any info that was on their site and also emailed them for more info. It helped me to have everything in one file.
It was the hardest vendor for me to pick and took the longest but I feel like I have really picked the best person for our style. It's just a personal decision. You have to try to pick the best for your budget. I went with Jenna Marie Moore: http://www.jennamarieweddings.com/ She's an absolute doll in person and I really loved her pictures/style. Our engagement pics are Oct. 26th. I can't wait! If you want to see my spreadsheet I can email it to you.
Definitely check out jennamarie weddings! She did my middle daughter's wedding and my oldest daughter's maternity shoot! We LOVE her!!!!