8. Works well with others?
I’ve shot hundreds of weddings, and can say we’ve had only one bad incident. (We shot video while working with an unknown photographer. I wanted that day over as soon as we met her. She felt clearly threatened by having other photographers in her presence.)
Ideally, the company you find shoots photography AND cinematography. At Firefly we have two photographers and two cinematographers shooting simultaneously. We’ve all worked together for years, so there’s no threat of a miscommunication. And we all wear headsets to communicate silently with each other. Think about it — if the cinematographer doesn’t communicate with the photographer, they’ll constantly be in each other’s shots.
Again, ask other professionals what they think of your potential photographer (even other photographers) — it’s a huge indication of what to expect. So when you visit with your caterer, ask them what they think of various photographers.
I recommend you meet with your potential photographer. (We often travel to weddings, so it’s not always possible.) But it’s important to assess whether the photographer is serious about their work, serious about you, and relaxed enough to bring out the best in their subjects.
9. Book early
We had 8 requests for a single date last year. If your date is proper wedding season (May-Oct), book early. If you haven’t set a date, consider a Friday or Sunday wedding. These days are so much less popular that you can essentially choose every vendor you want — photographer, cinematographer, caterer, florist, dj, officiant, wedding planner, etc.