While it may look good on paper to see that your photographer is well-established and has 10+ years of experience, this isn’t always necessarily a good thing. Photographers who shoot 30 – 40 weddings per year with a team of associates might not want to invest the time in to delivering the best possible experience for you. Stylistically, they might get lazy and set in their ways, assuming you won’t notice the difference or even worse, they might not genuinely care that they’re not giving you 100% because they have 20 other weddings booked the same year and perhaps your opinion won’t make a difference. Ego is real people. Watch out for it. Use your own judgement on this. If your potential photographer has been in the business for many years, ask what has kept them motivated and inspired?
Also, be aware that while younger, less experienced photographers may come off more ambitious and charge less, they might miss something due to lack of experience. In this scenario, ask them what their goals are. Do they want to pursue wedding photography full time or is this just a side thing while they pursue their real passions?
Ideally, you should work with a photographer who covers no more than 15 weddings per year. This way, you’ll know they are investing the time and dedication into giving you the best possible results!