A formal affair.
Have a photographer who is willing to have a little set-up for somewhat formal pictures for your guests. (A small backdrop, stool, light, and camera stand should suffice.)
Check it out.
When looking for a photographer ask them to see pictures from one complete wedding rather than his of her “best of” collection.
Trust your instincts.
Your photographer will, in fact, become your third wheel so make sure you “click” with and are comfortable enough with them to get you in some unusual aspects. Also make sure that you have complete trust in your photographer. If you don’t have that trust you could spend the entire day giving orders.
Share a booth.
Think about renting a photo-booth for your friends and family to have fun and leave you with fond memories of your guests enjoying and sharing in your day.
Call the shots.
Ask someone specifically in advance to play photographer at different occasions leading up to the wedding including the fittings, showers, and rehearsal dinner.
Have your guests sign a photo mat with silver pens so that you can frame your wedding photos and remember who was there.
Ask close friends and family to use their own digital cameras to take some informal pictures that your photographer will be sure to miss. You can easily upload these to your wedding website for all to enjoy!
Try before you buy.
A good test for a photographer is the engagement photo. Pay attention to the way he/she communicates and whether or not you are handled in a relaxed but professional manner. Is this person willing to work with you? Do you love the results? Is the customer service excellent? Don’t sign up for the package deal until you’ve seen the end result
Have supplies for a wedding scrap book on hand at your reception so your guests can take Polaroid’s AND create pages for your book on site. What fun for the guests to create and for you to enjoy afterwards!