Discuss with your photographer the type of wedding you're planning, the location and time of both the ceremony and reception. Be sure the photographer reviews considerations regarding lighting.

Hire your photographer early, at least twelve months in advance. Visit their studio, review their portfolio and talk about the pictures you envision of your wedding. Determine clearly, at this meeting, your photography budget. Agree on a firm figure for both the deposit and the final payment and pay both promptly.

The photography contract is a complex one; be sure you understand l exactly the quantity and size of prints you will be buying, when proofs will l available, the type of proofs provided, when the finished work will be ready.