One of the most exciting and important parts of planning your photo shoot is choosing your photographer, at least in my opinion!
The only lasting memory of your day will be your photographs -- unless you hire a videographer, too, of course -- so it's essential to get that right. Your photographer does much more than just snap away the whole day; each photographer also brings their own style of shooting, editing, and telling the story.
Tip #1: Evaluate the Style
Pick a photographer with a style you love.
Do your homework, visit lots of websites, read their blogs, testimonials and 'About Me' section. Get to know them through their online presence. Figure out what draws YOU to their images and how YOU would like to be photographed. Their work should sing to you and make you feel some. In years to come, you'll want to look back on your pictures and remember how you felt at that moment -- the confidence, the beauty, and your unique essence.
If you're booking someone with a dark editing style, don't expect them to know how to edit your photos in a bright and airy style. Photographers generally do not give customers unedited images, nor will they re-edit images more than once or twice. Don't just book a cheap photographer and expect to edit/dictate what they're doing. Make sure you speak with them beforehand and really understand whether or not your styles match. That way, you both know what to expect.