The following link (copy and paste) will take you to a video clip of Julie at the National
Association of Wedding Professional's Insider's Tips Seminar.  Here she explains how to structure
a timeline for your wedding day, and shares some additional insight and tips especially for you....

                           Guidelines on Choosing a Good Photographer

    Though many brides and grooms realize having a good photographer is important, many leave this detail undone even 6 months or less before the big day. You know you need one, but what you may
not realize is how important this vendor is. When your wedding is all over, what do you have left? Bills perhaps,
maybe a video, and your pictures

   In hindsight, many a couple has lamented over taking the shortcut here, and not paying for a good photographer, or relying on an inexperienced friend to help them out. Do your homework, keeping in mind that you will be spending the whole day with this vendor, so make sure your personalities click
and that you feel comfortable with him or her. Other points to help you are:

  • Be sure and look at their work (do they have a lot to look at?). Is there style in keeping with what you had in mind? Is it of the quality you would expect for the price they are charging?
  • When making contact, is the photographer returning your calls/emails in a timely manner?
  • Try and book the photographer one year before your wedding if possible. This will help assure you of availability.
  • Be aware of popular dates in your area for weddings. If you’re having trouble booking vendors/venues, try for
    a Friday or Sunday wedding. A whole new world of opportunities will open for you.
  • Did you know that the minimum of standard, traditional shots taken of your wedding should number at least
    150, not counting any candids?
  • A friend who may be good at taking pictures is not under contract, does not know what shots are expected,
    and may bail out at the last minute.
  • How flexible is the photographer in accommodating you and your wishes? You and your family should not be afraid to ask for any last minute photo requests (you should never feel intimidated by him or her), and feel free
    to provide a shot list of your own if you want to, though an experienced photographer won't need one.
  • Your photographer should be able to guide you in setting up a timeline for your day, if you haven't already. Consult with the photographer before doing this on your own, so you know how much time you want and need for photos, traveling, and all other details.
  • Every photographers packages are different. If you don't see what you want in a package, and you like the photographer and their work, don't be afraid to ask for a custom package/price or a substitution of some kind.
  • Ask questions: how long have you been doing photography? Better yet, are weddings your primary kind of photography? Or, how many weddings have you done? Are you insured? What happens if you get sick on my wedding day? Do you work alone? Are you the one who will take my pictures, or will someone else come? Do you have back-up equipment?
  • A good photographer should go over their contract with you line by line. And make sure they have a contract
    you can read before giving them any money (MAKE SURE YOU READ IT!). Your deposit and signed contract
    is your guarantee that the photographer will hold that date for you and you alone. Also, most photographers,
    or other vendors won't refund your deposit if you cancel or change your mind.

        The bottom line is be sure and do your homework in order to give yourself the assurance
    that you are making a wise decision. The best photographer is the one you trust with the responsibility of capturing your wedding day memories the way you want to remember them.