Wedding Photography Experience – is important. Even the best of portrait, fashion or lifestyle photographers may not automatically qualify them to shoot your wedding day. Many of my non wedding photography friends would not touch wedding photography ‘with a barge pole’ (chuckle… their words not mine). Wedding photography is real life, there is no replay (sure, some photographers can recreate a missed moment, but the emotion is never really the same).
An experienced wedding photographer will be organised, diverse and passionate about what they do, they will be able to overcome all challenges that your wedding day with throw at them, often you will never know that those challenges even existed ( some examples are officials and restrictions they may have, the day not running on time, guests not being in the right places at the right time, diminishing light and adverse weather)
Identifying this type of wedding photographer may be hard, often you will need to speak with them and ask them about how they approach the logistics of shooting your wedding day. Often they have lots of real reviews and recommendations from couples who wedding they have already shot, not those who have not had their wedding day yet. Remember the volume of weddings a photographer shoots each year does not mean they are professional.