When you hire a photographer you are not buying pictures and albums, you are buying a person. So your first thought should be, who is the right photographer to capture our wedding images on film? Start off by making appointments with several photographers to view their work. You may save yourself some time by asking the photographer if he or she has a website you may view before going to the studio. However, it’s very important to get out there and look! Make sure that, when visiting a prospective studio, you are looking at the photographer’s work that will photograph your wedding. Some photographers, such as myself, are the only photographer in the studio and do all the work personally. Then there are studios that have one, or possibly several, associate photographers. Make sure that, if you’re not getting the name on the door, you are getting a face with a name, then ask to view that photographer’s work. Make sure the photographer you want to hire is named in the contract before you sign. Personality and rapport are extremely important. Make sure you both feel comfortable with your photographer because he or she will spend the better part of the wedding day with you. Even if you think this person’s work is the next best thing to sliced bread, if you don’t feel comfortable with your photographer, it will show when you get your images back. You are investing in this person’s vision, creative abilities, professionalism, character and personality. Ask yourself, “Would I invite this person to my wedding?” because that is exactly what you will be doing. Along with your memories, your photographs will be the only things you have left once your wedding day has past. Make sure you hire the right person for you. You want to have great images and pleasant memories to look back upon.