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Your photographs will be your most treasured wedding keepsake – you will immediately post them on Facebook when your photographer gives them to you, and you’ll look back at them 50 years from now, reminiscing about your vows, the kiss, and the first dance. Choosing the right photographer to capture those emotional moments is an important decision and it’s crucial to find a pro who understands your vision for your wedding day and can document it with style. But you’ll also want someone you trust and feel comfortable with since he or she will be by your side the entire wedding day.

To help you find the right person to entrust with this task, follow our guide to selecting the perfect wedding photographer.

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  1. Book your venue first.

It’s a smart idea to hire your photographer after you’ve secured your venue. Aim to book his or her services for about 6 to 9 months before the wedding.

  1. Hit up your social network for recommendations.

Ask your other recently married friends or browse around social media as well to see if there is any photographer you like, or simply google ” Edmonton Wedding Photographers” and see what do you like.

DO take your time and find out if you really like their work before contacting them.


  1. Figure out the style of photography you like.

Before you begin researching photographers, you’ll need to first decide what type of photography style you prefer, as that will help determine which kind of photographer you’ll want shooting your wedding. Do any of the following appeals to you? Documentary or Portraiture.

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We do take the mix of posed and candid images during the wedding. We have found a balance between these two with our experience. But whatever you like, do discuss with your photographer during consultant.

Once you’ve found a handful of photographers whose aesthetic jives with yours, email each person and inquire

1) if they’re available on your wedding date and

2) about their photography rates.

If the ones you’re interested in are available on your date and if their fees are within your budget, then you can schedule initial meetings.

  1. Interview the photographers.

Most photographers will email you a link to their portfolio of images before your first meeting. Be sure the collection includes recent weddings he or she has shot from start to finish, not just a “best of” highlight reel from dozens of different weddings. This is a more accurate way to gauge the photographer’s work.

  1. Discuss more details 

Some photographers’ fees include everything including albums, prints, and high-resolution images (saved on a disc or thumb drive); others have a flat or hourly rate, then charge you à la carte for any pictures or albums you want.

Many photographers offer a price list that details several different packages they offer at different price points. Make sure that you understand what’s included.

Ask the following questions –

  1. how long the photographer will spend with you (seven to nine hours is ideal)
  2. and whether there will be a second shooter, as you’ll get more detail shots this way.
  3. Lastly, also inquire about when you can expect to receive everything, from a sneak peek of images (some photographers can give you a handful within a few days) to prints (usually up to three months) to your album (up to a year).


  1. Go with your gut.

Once you’ve evaluated each photographer’s work and fees, and narrowed down the options, it’s time to make your decision. Don’t forget that you’ll be spending the entire wedding day with this person, so you want to make sure you feel completely comfortable with the photographer. Do you and your fiancé genuinely like this person? Do you feel like the three of you click?

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  1. Schedule a test run.

An engagement photo-shoot is always a good idea — it’s a great opportunity to get to know your photographer and begin to feel comfortable having your photo taken, especially if you or your groom are camera-shy.

Hope this 7 steps would help you a bit. We always try to help brides and grooms with their wedding preparations. If you have any question, please feel free to reach us at info@cocktailphoto.ca

Email us right now to get a free consultation and free engagement session with your wedding photography. 

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We would love to meet you for a coffee and know your story and capture your special day.

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