extract from : theknots.com Your wedding pictures will define your memories of the big day for the rest of your life, so it's very important to choose the right photographer. To help you make the best choice, we've compiled a list of 16 questions to ask potential photographers. 1. What's the photographer's primary style -- traditional, candid, or posed? (Go for someone whose forte is your favorite style.) 2. What's the photographer's philosophy about shooting weddings? (This question will give you an idea of the shutterbug's expertise and passion for his work.) 3. Does the photographer shoot in color, black and white, or both? 4. How independent is the photographer? Does she prefer that you describe exactly what you want, or would she rather have free rein to capture the festivities on film? (This point determines how you two will work together.) 5. Will the photographer you talk with be the one who actually takes your wedding pictures? (This is crucial! Each photographer's style is unique.) 6. Has the photographer shot many weddings? (Experts say a wedding neophyte is a risk. You want someone who's experienced with wedding mechanics and won't miss key moments.) 7. How many weddings will the photographer shoot on your wedding weekend (or even on your wedding day)? 8. Is the photographer open to a list of must-take photos (pictures you definitely want shot)? 9. How does the photographer determine price? By the number and kind of prints you think you'll want, the hours the photographer spends on your wedding, the developing time, or a combination of the above factors? How many rolls of film will be shot, and how many proofs and final prints will result? Are packages available? Can you get a price list? 10. What kinds of cameras does the photographer use? (This will acquaint you with the photographer's experience and knowledge.) 11. What kind of lighting and other equipment (such as tripods) does the photographer use? Does the photographer bring backup equipment in case of emergency? 12. Does the photographer develop his own film? How long does he keep negatives? Can you buy your negatives from the photographer? 13. Ask yourself: Does this seem like a person you could tolerate throughout your wedding day? You'll want to feel very comfortable around your photographer. Rapport is important with all wedding professionals, but it's crucial here! 14. Carefully examine each photographer's past work (the book). Be sure you're looking at work shot by this particular photographer, not by other professionals who work at the same studio. 15. Notice whether: photos are framed and centered well photos are over- or underexposed lighting is effective details are visible people look comfortable and relaxed 16. Call references and ask: Were you satisfied overall? Did the photographer get the shots you wanted? Has the photographer responded promptly to orders?