The Basics: Get to Know Your Wedding Photography Styles: As you research and decide on a photographer, it’s important to know how to choose a wedding photographer based on style, be it classic and formal to edgy and dramatic and everything in between.

Digital vs. Film: Digital photography is most common nowadays, and there’s a good reason! This medium offers quick turnaround, easy online access and shareability, and an array of features and effects to create a unique photo package. Film photography can be a tad pricier than digital, but the resulting images can be exquisite!

Dramatic vs. Understated: Love the idea of a backlit shot of you and your sweetheart in a snowstorm? Hoping for a gorgeous portrait of you in a windswept veil? Shop around for wedding photographers who can show you consistent and high-impact shots across multiple seasons, venue conditions, and couples’ personalities.

Posed vs. Documentary and Lifestyle Shots: Do you want to spend your day posing in front of the camera to make sure you got the right show or do you want more organic shots of you just having fun on your big day. Whatever your preference is, make sure your photographer is aware of what you want at your wedding.

Ask Your Connections For Recommendations: “Personal recommendations (if you like your friends’ wedding images, for example) or recommendations from another wedding professional you’ve already hired, like a planner, is usually the best bet,” Furey says. That’s because they can attest to the pro’s work as well as their personality. Wedding planners are particularly great resources, Davis says. “Wedding planners are knowledgeable in providing the best photographers for your wedding,” she explains. “They will usually offer some suggestions based on the wedding style and budget.”