Meet up with him.
It will not make any sense for you as a bride or as a groom to hire out a professional wedding photographer without ever getting to meet him beforehand. There are so many things that you will be able to find out or figure out somewhere along the way if you just go through the motions of assessing someone in person. You aren’t buying a commodity here and this is what makes picking out a professional wedding photographer so much more different than the rest of the other vendors that you are booking for the wedding.
You will not really know what kind of service you will be getting for sure until you get to that point wherein he is already done with your wedding photos so the best thing that you can do is to make sure that you have the right person for the job. Again, make no mistake, nothing here is set in stone but at least you get to bridge the gap a little more when you meet up with your photographer of choice. Plus, it is very important that you and your photographer get along because your personalities need to click the right way in order for something like this to work. Go with a really great professional wedding photographer.
Introduce your wedding photographer.
Introduce him or her to your friends and family and all of the other people integral to the wedding preparations. The more of your friends and family that the photographer is familiar with, the easier his job will be and the more naturally he will be able to go through with the motions of shooting important highlights of your wedding. It would be a bit weird if he comes up with photos of obscure friends and relatives but misses out on your favorite grandmother or someone important to you at the end of the day. bring him along in the rehearsal dinner so that he has a bit of time off cam to socialize with the people who matter the most to you and to your partner and who will be quite important in the wedding that you are trying to pull off at the end of the day.
If you are working with a wedding planner at some point or so, get your planner to coordinate and work hand in hand with the photographer that you hired. This will take a lot off of your plate as your photographer has a point of contact to refer things to during the wedding when things get hectic and when he couldn’t get to you.
Formal photographers are usually the stuff that brides and grooms dread but then again, when you come to think about it, it really doesn’t have to be like that at all. Formal photographers can be fun and it helps to have a people person working from behind the camera.
Have your group shots during the reception party.
This is so that the guests can be involved. It is called crowdsourcing and it can be pretty fun. Create a spunky hashtag on Instagram or any social media website that you would like to bank on and see the photos coming in.