Choosing a photographer can be a daunting task and staying within your budget can be even more cumbersome. You may consider asking a friend or family member to photograph your wedding for you; it will surely be a bad idea for many reasons. A professional wedding photographer knows how to produce the best results in capturing every moment by having years of experience and knowledge of photography.

Finding a wedding photographer is a very easy task due to the number of photographers out there. There are numerous ways to find one and many things to consider. The best way, of course, is to be referred by another couple who recently married and have a specific photographer photographed their wedding. Note that by "photographer" I mean a specific photographer and not a photo studio with multiple photographers. Always be sure to find out who will be photographing your wedding.

There are many other ways to find a wedding photographer, including newspapers, billboards, the phone book, and of course the Internet. More than 70% of wedding photographers are sourced online. However, there are a few things to know about finding one on the internet.

1. Take your time
The first photographers you will come across are mainly due to a large advertising budget. There is nothing wrong with this, but you should look at all the available options.
2. Be specific
When using a search engine, your search criteria should include your "status" and "professional wedding photographer." Appointments will remove all general photographers and limit your search to wedding photographers only. I recommend using Google.

Now that you know how to find a wedding photographer, which one do you choose? There are three main factors that will determine which photographer to choose; style, price and personality. The style and price can be found on your website and it is our starting point.

1. Style
There are many wedding photographers of different styles. Different examples are traditional, sincere, formal, photojournalism, etc. Some photographers offer only one style, but the best photographers can offer all of these styles and would normally incorporate them into their wedding day coverage. It all depends on your requirements and needs. When looking at a portfolio of photographers, remember that these are their best shots. Always ask to see full coverage of the wedding.
2. Price
You can spend between $ 500 and $ 10,000 on a wedding photographer. A good guideline is to spend about 10% of your entire wedding budget on a wedding photographer. Most photographers have packages that include everything from cover to album to final prints. Other photographers have full prices a la carte; if you are on a tight budget, this is probably the best way to go. You can select what you want and can pay.

I would suggest buying your own wedding album and putting it together yourself. The cost of buying an album from the photographer is usually twice the actual cost. So of course by doing it this way you can get it when you want it and when you can afford it.

With style and price in mind, select your top three options and schedule a meeting with them. There should be no cost for this. Before meeting with them, you should want to hire them based on the information you've gathered about their style and price.

Author's Bio: 

Couples may have found their photographer through a wedding directory through a Google search. It costs money to advertise on those sites.