This week’s post is going to cover some of the important questions that you should ask your photographer. I know from experience that Brides to be will have so much planning going on that when it comes to speaking to the wedding photographer a lot of important questions may be forgotten. So here’s a breakdown of some important questions. And don’t forget, write these down or leave yourself a voice memo, that way you will have them all to hand when the time comes!
Also included are the response given by Love Photography 13
Is photography your main business? What percentage of your work is composed of weddings?
As a photographer I have spent the last 3 years building a portfolio exploring my own creativity and it is this freedom that has led me to specialising in weddings. Some photographers will shoot nothing else, this does not necessarily mean they will be any better than someone who doesn’t.
Can I see a list of references and/or reviews?
I always take along a portfolio or examples of wedding albums to a consultation, this give the client a chance to see your work. I also make sure I leave them with details of how they can see more of my work and reviews on my services. This will give them peace of mind that you are consistent.
Will you be my photographer on the day of the wedding? What is your plan if you are unable to attend due to illness or unforeseen circumstances?
There is always the remote possibility that something may happen on the day of the wedding. It is important to have a backup plan. I work with an incredible second shooter who is always available as a standby. This is also the reason I have back up equipment!
What do your packages include and what will I have to pay extra for?
All packages include digitally edited hi resolution images on a gift boxed USB. Depending on which package is chosen you can also have framed prints, albums, proof books and slideshows. All packages are explained in my pricelist clearly.
Are you willing to follow a shot list? I have certain ideas I would like – can you do these?
Yes of course. This is your day and I am there to capture it in a way that you will look back on with fondness forever. The reason I book a consultation is so that I can get a feel for the sort of style you have already so that the images capture you in the most natural way possible. I’ve learnt over my years as a photographer that you can learn a lot about how the shoot will go from the initial meeting. Some couples are very relaxed and happy to have me milling around capturing their most precious moments whereas some couples are more exact in the images they want and so I know that we will need time during the day to achieve the staged shots they require.
What happens if it rains?
I always visit the wedding venue prior to the wedding day so that I can find places that are suitable if it is raining….fingers crossed it doesn’t but always have a backup!
If my event lasts longer than expected, will you stay? Is there an additional charge?
I only ever have 1 booking on the day of a wedding to ensure you have my full attention with no rush to capture your images. If the time we have booked runs over there is an additional charge per hour.
When will I receive a written contract? TIP: Don’t book a photographer—or any vendor—who won’t provide a written contract.
Once I have met with the couple and completed the consultation I then go home, produce a contract stating the points we discussed throughout the meeting and have this back with the clients within a week. This gives peace of mind to the couple that they now have a written agreement and everyone knows exactly what is what.
1. Do I feel a connection with this photographer as well as his/her photos? Are our personalities a good match?
2. Am I comfortable with this person’s work and communication style?
3. Has this photographer listened well and addressed all my concerns?
I’m sure that by using this extensive list you will feel much more relaxed about your perfect wedding photographer!
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Until next time. X