Ok so here is my rant of the day....I cannot tell you how many wedding pictures I have had to fix. Don't get your friend to take your wedding pictures unless they have photographed a wedding before....Do not get a friend of a friend if you have not seen their pictures of a weddings they have photographed. For years I had friends ask me to take their wedding pictures and I would always say no. I just did not feel I had the background to take photos on their special day. Now I would get them to let me take some artsy pictures to supplement to their professional photographer. And later I started to give wedding pictures as gifts to friends who could not afford a photographer. Now I do weddings knowing I will not ruin someones special day. For all the money a wedding costs do not cheap out on the photographer. Does that mean you have to spend thousands of dollar ... no not really ... you need to find someone you feel comfortable with and who knows what they are doing.
1. Ask your friend who they used? do you like their pictures?
2 Ask to see the proofs from a whole wedding . anyone can take 2000 pictures and come up with 2 great pictures..but can the photographer take 500 picture and come up with 450 great pictures. By seeing the pictures taken from the whole wedding you can see how they capture group shots, action shots , if they are able to capture the moments that mean something