1. First book your venue
It's a smart idea to hire your photographer after you've booked your venue, about nine months before the wedding
2. Ask your friends for recommendations
Did you love the wedding photos your friends posted on Facebook? Send them a message asking who their photographer was and if they would recommend their services.
3. Find out the style of photography you like
Spend some time online browsing to get a sense of the style of photography you like.
4. Interview the photographer
Most photographers will email you a link to their portfolio of images before your first meeting. Be sure the collection includes recent wedding shots
5. Discuss the fee.
Some photographers' fees include everything including albums, prints, and high-resolution images (saved on a disc or thumb drive); others have a flat or hourly rate, then charge you à la carte for any pictures or albums you want. Many photographers offer a price list that details several different packages they offer at different price points. Make sure that you understand what's included. Ask how long the photographer will spend time with you.
6. Go with your gut feeling
Once you've evaluated each photographer's work and fees, and narrowed down the options, it's time to make your decision. Don't forget that you'll be spending the entire wedding day with this person, so you want to make sure you feel completely comfortable with the photographer.