Book at least six months before your wedding day, but note that many
photographers book 12 to 18 months in advance.
What they do
Most photographers will have several different
wedding-photography packages from which to choose. If there are no
packages that suit your taste or budget, the photographer may be willing
to create one for you. The photographer will probably be able to suggest
locations for your wedding photos, both indoors and outdoors; if you
already have a place in mind, the photographer may want to view it
beforehand to make sure it's suitable. Most photographers will be
willing to do candid photos as well as the standard, posed photographs.
You will get the proofs of your pictures approximately three to six
weeks after your wedding.
How to work with them
Make an appointment to view samples of the photographer's
previous work and to discuss packages and prices. It may be necessary to
have a second meeting to discuss particular shots you want; you could
provide the photographer with a list of shots if necessary. Make sure
the photographer has a wedding-day itinerary at least a month before