In anticipation of the season two premiere of Four Weddings Canada on January 8th, the team behind the show will be sharing their best wedding tips and tricks. Come back on Mondays for advice on everything from choosing the perfect venue to creating the guest list.

Your wedding photos will be something you cherish forever, that’s why selecting the right wedding photographer, is so important -- you don’t want just anyone taking your photos. Here are a few tips that will help you book the right photographer for your big day:

1. Start searching immediately: The best wedding photographers are usually booked well-up to a year in advance, so make sure you book as soon as you set your date. Spring and summer are the busiest times for photographers, so if you are marrying outside those dates, you have a little bit more flexibility when it comes to booking. However, if photography is a top priority on your wedding checklist, book early!

2. Give yourself lots of options: When researching a photographer, make sure you compile a list of all the portfolios that completely amaze you. A portfolio is usually a few selected photos from a wedding album; don’t be afraid to send the photographer an email requesting the entire album as well. This will give you a better idea of their work and personal style. Once you’ve made a list, meet with each photographer to see if their vision is compatible with yours.  Booking your photographer to do your engagement photos is a great way to test out their work. If the photos don’t turn out the way you hoped, you will still have time to find someone else before the wedding.

3. Professionalism: You want your wedding day memories to last a lifetime. Hiring a seasoned professional with a solid background in weddings is the best way to achieve this. Experience may cost more, but the end result is usually worth it. It’s important to be aware of what type of equipment your photographer is using. Some good questions to ask when interviewing photographers are:

  • How many weddings have they shot?
  • What is their process like on wedding days (what do they shoot/when)?
  • What is their turnaround time for photos?
  • How soon will you see your photos after the wedding?

In the end, often having an experienced photographer can make all the difference!

4. Equipment: Every photographer should come to a wedding prepared with extra equipment and an assistant. Make sure their equipment is up to date.  Educate yourself on the type of camera used and the quality of pictures it produces.  Are they high definition photos? Does the photographer have indoor and outdoor lenses? Ask these types of questions to ensure you are getting the best product. It’s important to make sure your photographer has back-up equipment in case something goes wrong. Check for duplicate cameras, lights, memory cards, lenses, flashes and batteries.

5. Chemistry: The last and most important thing to consider when making a decision is chemistry. A photographer could be very talented, but if you don’t feel like they understand you and your partner, than they will most likely not understand the style of pictures you want. Hiring someone you get along with can make all the difference. You will be sharing the most important day of your life with this person and all the little intimate details, so make sure it’s someone who will respect your wedding, your guests and your vision.

Brought to you by the team at Four Weddings Canada.