So you're newly engaged and just beginning the process? Here's where to start:
1. Look at LOTS of photos. Explore what style of photography you like best. Every photographer offers something different, figure out what you love. Your own Pinterest pages are a good place to start. What's caught your eye in the past enough for you to pin it? Maybe click through the links on a couple of the photos that you love and see if you like the photographer's style in all of their shots. Also, Facebook stalk your friends who've gotten married recently, who has great photos?
2. REALLY look at the photos. So you think their photos are amazing? Look at the people in the photos, do you like what they look like? Ask yourself, "If this was me, would I like this photo?" Some photographers do amazing work, but they concentrate more on making sure the background is amazing or they use gimmicky lenses or editing techniques. For your wedding photos, you are the focus. Make sure you're working with someone who will make you look awesome in every shot.
3. Look at MORE photos. Once you've found a few photographers that you really like and think you might want to meet with, I'd suggest spending time on their website, Facebook pages, blog, etc. Look for consistency in the quality and variety in the shots. Look at full weddings, and more than one. Look for a wedding that's similar to what you are planning (indoor, outdoor, etc.) and see if you like how they shot it.
I could go on and on. After 10 years of shooting weddings with Jason, I have lots of opinions! Feel free to leave any questions in the comments below! And I'll be back again next week with tips on meeting with potential photographers.