Ideally, when you and your partner are planning your wedding, you will have the opportunity to meet your photographer and develop a relationship before the big day. No wedding couple wants to be photographed by someone who knows nothing of their taste and personality. Similarly, no wedding photographer likes to appear on the wedding day, and a bride or groom she has never met gives her a strict list of shots. A wedding album that faithfully records the fun and excitement of your wedding day will be the result of a genuine relationship between you and your wedding photographer.

Most wedding photographers are not only happy to have a pre-wedding meeting, but often suggest a pre-wedding session. Of course, one occasion when this relationship is not possible is when you plan to celebrate your wedding abroad. There are many companies that offer destination wedding planning and include exploring and employing a photographer in the wedding package. Although a useful service, this is not ideal because understanding between the wedding couple and the wedding photographer is critical to capturing the proper record of the big day.

You can choose to rely on the wedding planner's recommendations, but if you prefer to find your own wedding photographer in the Bahamas, Spain or wherever you want to get married, where do you start?

1. Where will you find information on local photographers?

The answer to question 1 is easy. Search "wedding photographer" + your wedding location, p. "Wedding photographer Malaga" on the internet. Don't worry about search terms in the local language of the wedding venue. If you only speak English, then just search in English. You want a photographer with whom you can easily communicate. If you cater to your native language speakers online, chances are they can talk to you on the big day.

2. What information should you initially look for?

With your list of Internet wedding photographers, how do you start searching for the right one? The first thing you should establish are professional credentials. Are the photographers on your list trained, certified and endorsed by a professional body, e.g. Master Photographers Association (MPA) or the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (SWPP)? (The latter has a significant foreign membership). If they are, then they qualify for the second part of their investigation process. If they are not, remove them from your list.

After you've established a photographer's professional credentials, don't waste time examining their suitability until you know their availability. There are only a few weekends of the year, and photographers will have reserved dates well in advance. Send a quick email to the wedding photographers on your list asking about their availability on your wedding day. You may also consider eliminating those who do not respond promptly at this time, say within two to three days.

When you finally have a list of qualified and available photographers who are enthusiastic and professional enough to respond to your initial email quickly, the real work of finding the perfect wedding photographer abroad begins.

Author's Bio: 

Photography is an impressive skill scheme that encompasses more than just portraying, photographing landscapes or glamor.