Are you planning a wedding and narrowed down your list of photographers for your big day? Before you part with any of your hard-earned cash, make sure you ask your wedding photographer these essential questions.
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1. Will you be my photographer on the day?
Some companies have lots of photographers on their books, so make sure the person you’ve met will be the actual photographer on the day.
2. Do you have a wet weather back-up plan?
A good photographer will always consider indoor photo opportunities at your venue should the weather turn bad. They should also bring studio lighting just in case. You can prepare yourself, too, by getting some pretty umbrellas to shelter under during portrait shots.
3. Will I own the copyright?
Some photography packages give the couple the right to reproduce photos, while others give only the photographer the right to retain the copyright, which means they can charge you for extra copies. However, in most packages you will receive an online gallery that you can share with family and friends, from which they can order prints.
4. How many weddings do you shoot per day?
Don’t assume your photographer will be there for you all day long — they may have other weddings to attend. If you want your photographer to stay with you from the moment you get ready to the first dance, discuss this with them when you arrange the timings and they can tell you if it will cost extra.
5. Can I see a complete set of wedding pictures?
Naturally, the photographers will select their very best work for their portfolios, so asking to see a complete wedding will give you the best idea of what you’ll receive. When researching your photographer, it’s also a good idea to see if they’ve been featured in magazines and blogs, because this will give you a good idea about the variety of weddings they shoot.
6. How do you normally work?
Some photographers excel at natural, reportage style photography, while others are brilliant at rounding up guests for the posed shots. Choose someone who suits you and the style of wedding you want. If you are having posed shots, give your photographer a list of all the family members who need to be included.
7. How long will it be before we can see our wedding photos?
Online proofs usually take three or four weeks before they’re ready to view, but this varies between photographers, and may be longer during the peak wedding season. After this, you will be given a disc or memory stick of all the high resolution images for you to keep.
8. Do you have a second shooter or an assistant?
To give you the best coverage, some professionals will bring a second shooter with them. However, this may well be reflected in the price, so check in advance. Another idea would be to hire a team, or a husband and wife duo — that way you’ll have photos from all aspects of the day, including the boys getting ready, which you wouldn’t have ordinarily seen.
9. Have you worked at my venue before?
If they haven’t, it’s perfectly acceptable to go with them to the venue to scout the location, and discuss possible shots before the wedding day. If they are regulars at your chosen location, ask to see a wedding they’ve done there so you can visualize how it will look for you.
10. Will you need a hot meal?
If your photographer is going to be with you all day, you should add a hot meal for them on to your catering numbers. If they’re fed and watered, they’ll be able to give you the best results all day long. Also, ask your venue if there’s a secure room where your photographer can store their equipment.
Source: Wedding Ideas