Ask around. Get recommendations and check albums of friends and relatives. Ask how their photographers were to deal with. Check for complaints with the Better Business Bureau.
Meet the photographer. Spend time with the person who will be photographing your reunion. See his/her actual work. Discuss his/her approaches and requirements.
Compare prices. Packages vary in size and cost. Try boiling them down to comparable terms by dividing total costs by the number of photos you’d get.
Hire the photographer. Make sure the person you met is specifically named in your contract as the photographer.
Be realistic. Get the package that suits your reunion.
Sweat the details. Make sure the contract spells out everything you’re getting, the total cost and when you can expect to get the photos. Use a credit card for protection.
Stay in touch. Call occasionally to make sure the photographer is still in business.