This may sound weird coming from a wedding photographer but, I thought it may be helpful. Here's what I would do when you're researching potential Photographers. 1. Look at their previous work. Photographers usually post their portfolio on their websites and their recent work on their blogs. (If they are like me...the blog is a much better place to look because Photographers don't always update their websites.)
2. Talk to past clients or read reviews. Websites like WeddingWire makes this so easy. Type in your zipcode and read about 5 star rated Photographers. (The good, the bad and the ugly - the reviews are there) I've been apart of WeddingWire for the last two years and I like the service it provides potential brides. It pushes me to be the best for my clients knowing they will be passing the word on.
3. Meet with Photographers. It costs you nothing and loving their work is just as important as connecting to the person. They are going to be capturing the most important day of your life...I think it's great if you like them. Plus, meeting with them will give you and the photographer a chance to customize a package perfect for you.
I know picking your wedding photographer isn't easy. I'd like to make it as simple as I can. I love capturing weddings! My brides are happy...I'm happy. Please call to set up a consultation. (Currently booking 2011 Weddings) I would love to meet with you.
SIDE NOTE: Are you curious to know what a photographer does in a normal work week? I found this article on a wedding photographers blog and thought it was good. Plus, if you leave a comment then the wedding photographer is going to donate a can to a local food drive! LOVE THAT!