– A GUIDE FOR ENGAGED COUPLES –
Do you include the digital images in your package, or will I have to purchase prints separately after the wedding? If you are planning on saving these images to your computer and possibly printing them, make sure to ask if you are receiving high-resolution images. Lower resolution images will become pixilated if printed at large sizes.
What products do you offer? Ask to see these in person. The quality of products, such as albums, press books, canvases, and framed art, vary greatly. If a product is offered at an outstanding price that seems too good to be true, then it could be lacking in quality.
What is your style of photography? Or, what three words would you use to describe your photography? Is the photographer modern, vibrant, and unconventional? Or subtle, romantic, and timeless? If their words don’t align with your idea of the wedding and your preference for image style, it might not be the best fit.
What is the booking process like? The booking process may include meeting your photographer in person, reviewing a contract, and securing a deposit before the photographer officially holds your date.
What is your turnaround time for images? I have heard of images returned to clients anywhere from 2 to 8 weeks after the wedding date.
On average, how many weddings do you photograph per year? Some photographers shoot over 30 or even 40 weddings a year! I prefer much less than this, as it allows more time and care for each individual client.
Can we meet in person or on Skype to learn more? Photographers should be more than willing to provide a free consultation, and you should definitely take advantage of this! A phone call or Skype call would be the next best thing.
Do you shoot with an assistant or second shooter? Second shooters and assistants are different. Assistants typically do not take photographs; they are there to help carry and set up equipment, and complete small tasks for the photographer that help the day run smoothly. Second shooters will actually be taking photos under the direction of the main photographer. They provide a different perspective than the main shooter; for example, the main shooter can photograph the bride walking down the aisle while the second shooter catches the groom’s expression at the same moment.
Other things to consider:
Is it a good personality match? You should not only admire your photographer’s work, but this person should be someone you would enjoy hanging out with. After all, he or she will be with you during one of the most important days of your life!
Has this photographer shot weddings that are similar to yours in both size and style? For instance, does this photographer usually photograph huge-scale weddings at fancy hotels? Or does their portfolio showcase more intimate affairs? Is there a vintage vibe? Or a modern, traditional feel? Photographers are usually pretty versatile, but they may have advantages over others if they are familiar and comfortable with a specific type of wedding.
Make sure there’s a written contract involved, and take the time to read it! Even the fine print. It is common for photographers to retain the copyright on images, and then release printing rights to the client. Photographers will likely also request a meal if working for more than 5 or 6 hours. Just have a look over all the little details.
Wishing you all the best in finding the perfect photographer for your wedding day!