There are many occasions in life that call for a really good photographer. Whether you need your entire wedding documented, or just want a professional to capture your child's first birthday, finding the right photographer is crucial. Such occasions are once-in-a-lifetime events, so there is no opportunity for a retake if the photographs do not come out well.

When you check the local business directory you will be likely to find a great many choices, how do you find the photographer that is right for your needs from amongst so many names?

Most photographers have a portfolio of their best work, just like any other artist. Before you decide to go with any photographer arrange to view that portfolio so that you can judge for yourself if the type of work he or she produces is going to produce the kind of results you are looking for. Wedding photography for instance, is becoming a very specialized field. Some photographers now offer candid photography in addition to the traditional posed shots after the ceremony. If the idea of having a few of these kinds of fun shots in your album too, seek a photographer who offers these services.

Word of mouth is another great way to find a good photographer, Ask friends and family if they have worked with a photographer with great results (or with bad ones come to that matter.)

Another way is to check consumer reviews of local businesses. The reviews are written by people who have actually used the services of the businesses in question. As these people are usually not being paid for their opinions, the reviews are usually unbiased and fair.