Do your research properly and get a list of your prospects.
Cross them off as you go along so that you can come up with your short list. You should start off by listing down all of the wedding photographers in business in the area. Sometimes, it is as simple as flipping through the yellow pages. These days, yellow pages are not as tangible. Everything is pretty much online nowadays so that might be something that you might want to more or less try out. Also look things up on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and all the other social media platforms. You can usually look things up based on geographical areas and you can zero in on your area in particular.
2. Check out the portfolios of the wedding photographers being posted online.
They usually showcase nothing but the best of their works there. Wedding photographers usually treat their portfolios like gold. This is something that they nurture and they take care of like a fragile little baby. You are looking for something that has order and attention to detail. More importantly, you are looking for photographic works that really impress you more than anything else. If the works in the portfolios do not impress you at all, then there is really not much point in moving forward with a certain photographer.
3. Ask for recommendations from the people you know.
Ask the wedding photographer you are interviewing if you can contact some of their previous clients so you can ask about their work ethics, performance, and so on and so forth. A good word put in is something that can be quite hard to disregard. Ask around for people who might have worked with wedding photographers in the past as well. Ask them how the wedding photographer works. Ask them how they conduct themselves when they are in the middle of covering wedding events. You need someone who is versatile and adaptable and blends well and reacts well to circumstances being handed out to him.
4. Figure out what kind of turnaround time the wedding photographer derby is willing to offer you and let that factor in on your decision.
You need someone who works decisively and someone who works fast. The best margin of turnaround time that you are looking for is roughly a few days after the wedding event takes place. It should not be longer than a week after the wedding. You will end up being bored brought on by the anticlimax of all of that waiting around. If you can try to find someone who is skilled enough for a same-day edit, then perhaps that is also an option that you might want to check out.
5. Review the price packages the wedding photographer is offering out to you and try to compare that with the other price offerings so far.
Go with the best one that brings in the best value for your money in comparison to the kind and amount of service that you are getting. You want to go for something that is competitive but still has all of the services included.