They say a picture speaks a thousand words and so I am not going to bore you with my history (suffice to say I love using my camera to create and capture beautiful memories for the future) or tell you how special your wedding day will be to you (because, hopefully, you will already know)!
I believe there are 3 things you should take into account when sourcing your wedding photographer:
1. Cost v quality - obviously your photographer's offering should fall within your budget - but think about
how much you really want/can afford to spend on your photography - do you really need that chocolate fountain for a couple of hours at your reception or would the money be better spent on a photographer offering a more comprehensive service and high quality product? Your call, but certainly something to think about.....
2. Style. Make sure the photographer's you talk to can demonstrate with their own work of real weddings that they can achieve the 'look' you are after for your wedding photos. By all means provide guidance/examples but the basis of the style should already be there if you aren't to be disappointed. Also. take a close look at the final product, whether it be digital images/prints/albums to make sure that a great style is not compromised by a poor end result.
3. 'Click' with your photographer. This is the person (other than the one you are marrying) you will be with most of your wedding day and so it matters that you not only like their photography style and the quality of their work, but you actually like them!!
I like to produce a mix of formal and informal images from your day to make your wedding portfolio more interesting. However the weighting of this is tailored to suit your style/needs in the planning meeting(s)/conversations we have in the run up to your special day.
Please feel free to browse around the wedding images on my site and note that all images are the work of Emotive Imagery and are from 'real' weddings, NOT model or workshop sessions and so reflect what is possible in a real-life scenario, rather than under 'controlled' conditions.
I generally recommend at least 1hr 30mins to have available for photographs following the ceremony (although this is not always all photography - it builds in time for you to socialise with your guests and allow for the drinks reception, etc). The actual time spent on photography is dependant upon the style you require, how many groups you want to capture and the scope of photography within the venue - however to ensure stylish and quality images, your photography should not be rushed. All of this is discussed in full during our meetings.
Bridal portraiture shoots are available and can either be undertaken as a separate photoshoot with studio lighting or on location (please ask for a quotation), or a reduced session can be undertaken on the day but time/location must be factored into your wedding but remember that you will then have less time with your guests.
With all that said, by far my most important piece of advice is - enjoy your wedding planning!