12 Questions you should be asking your photographer
There are a lot of wedding photographers out there. So many that it can be daunting when looking for one that suits your needs.
Here are a list of questions (with answers) that you should be asking your photographer.
Hopefully with these questions you should be able to find a photographer that suits you.
1. With so many wedding photographers out there, who should I choose?
There are a few things to consider when choosing a wedding photographer. So I’ll break this into a few smaller questions.
But first off, your budget plays a large factor on who you will hire. Typically people allocate around 10% of your total wedding budget to get a good photographer. But for now let’s assume that you have narrowed down a few photographers who are within your budget.
Then what do you do?
Well their style should be something that appeals to you. Do you like the colors in their photos, the posing in the portraits and the way candid moments are captured? If yes then you are on the right track.
Other things you should look at are what is included in the package you get. How many photos do you get? Now it’s important to remember that quantity and quality are two very different things, more doesn’t always mean better.
Are all the photos processed, and if so what level of processing will I get? A good way to determine this is to ask to see a bunch of photos from throughout a wedding day. Not just the portraits. You can quickly tell if the photos flow together and if they all have the same level of professionalism as the portraits do.
If you are booking the photographer for a large portion of the day (full or half day) then it is a good idea to meet with them. Do they offer a free test shoot with their package, so as you can get an idea of how they work?
There are other things you can do but generally speaking, if all of the above ticks the right boxes for you, then you will probably be happy with the photographer and the end result.
2. What is your main photo style?
Just look at my photos to find out :) The photos should speak for themselves. Chick here to check out some of my photos
But regarding how I work with people, I normally take a documentary approach for any non-posed photos (preparations, ceremony, mingling etc). In most cases you probably won’t even notice me taking photos. For portraits I will be more forward. Depending on the couple I will direct them to help guide them into natural poses.
3. How far in advance should I book?
Ideally as soon as you have picked the date and booked the venue. Typically I would recommend a year in advance to secure the date. Currently I only have a few available spots for next years wedding season (2018).
4. What package should I choose?
It all depends on your needs & budget. I offer 4 different packages which should cover most peoples needs.
- A full day covering early preparations up until the first dance. 400 photos. No time limit.
- A half day covering the ceremony, mingling, couple portraits & group portraits over a 4 hour period. 200 photos.
- A wedding & portrait package. This covers the ceremony and the portraits over a 2 hour period. 60 photos.
- A portrait package. This covers a one hour portrait session with 20 photos.
Full and half days are the most popular package so the portrait package can only be booked in the morning.
5. Are all of our photos edited?
Yes all of your photos will be fully edited so that the color, exposure, white balance etc will be exactly as I intend them to be.
Subtle skin retouching to remove unwanted skin blemishes (bruises etc) are also part of my standard editing process.
6. How long do I have to wait for my photos after the wedding?
I prefer to work on the photos quickly while the wedding is still fresh in my head. As a result you will have your photos no later than 2 weeks after your wedding day.
7. How will we receive our photos?
All packages get an online download link to their finished photo which will be high resolution. Full & half day packages will also get a USB key sent out to them with all their photos stored on it.
8. What rights do we have regarding our finished photos?
You can print your photos with whoever you want. I do provide prints but you are not restricted to only using me. You can distribute them on the internet, but any photos posted on social media sites require you to credit the photographer.
9. Can I request certain photos to be taken?
Of course. I provide you with a “check list” of typical moments through out a wedding day. There are also blank areas where you can write in your own specific things. That being said, the check list isn’t really needed. Through out the day I will take a photos of all the important things. The check list is more for me to see what parts of the wedding day you find important. Knowing that should help me getting better photos that suit your needs.
10. Should I look for locations to take our portraits in?
If you have a specific location that you must have in your photo then let me know and I will incorporate it into the portraits. Otherwise if you like my photos it is best to leave it to me. I always arrive early and scout the area for locations that suit my style.
11. Do you include engagement/test photo shoots with your packages?
I offer free engagement/test photo shoots with the full & half day package. The primary reason for the test photo shoot is to get to know the couple as we will be spending a large part of your wedding day together. The shoot allows me to go over your wedding day details face to face and to help ease nerves.
12. What happens if it rains during the portraits?
No need to panic. I always carry two small umbrellas that work well in photos (Small are better as if forces you to stand close together. It looks more romantic). If you want to bring your own just make sure they are unbranded (no writing) and pretty. White or transparent umbrellas can also work great. If the rain is too heavy or if you just don’t feel comfortable in the rain we will move to a shaded area nearby (inside or outside) and continue taking photos there.