Wedding Photography is a subject which cannot just be brushed aside, because it is not easy finding the right photographer to handle your wedding. Finding and interviewing potential photographers can be quite daunting and requires caution.
Your wedding photographs are supposed to remind you of that special day because they are going to remain long after the wedding day, so it’s only reasonable that you take your time to ask the right questions before making your final decision.
Before you book that photographer, get answers to these big questions:
Before booking a wedding photographer request to see his portfolio. This should include photographs of complete weddings, instead of just a sample of several events. This way, you can arrive at a better judgment on his skills and see how he photographs the entire course of a wedding.
Ensure the photographer puts all his completed projects on display, so now you are seeing what a finished album would look like, rather than the favorite pictures he puts on display. You may also want to enquire on “what percentage of his work is composed of weddings”.
If you find a photographer that specializes then you are in luck. It should not be only wedding photography but the style of wedding photography that you should consider.
2. Do you post the proofs online, or will I receive negatives?
Good reviews and ratings from customers show that a photographer is doing a good job, and if he has pleased numerous customers then the chances that he will do an awesome job for your wedding is on the high side.
So your question should be, “is there a website where I can read other clients experiences, reviews and ratings?” with the reviews of former clients you can easily arrive at the right decision.
3. Can I meet with my photographer personally?
It is quite significant that you meet face to face with the person photographing your wedding. This is owing to the fact that different photographers have their peculiarities and dispositions, (no two photographers have identical styles).
If the photographer is part of a large studio, it is advisable that you ask for an interview where you get to meet him\her personally so as to get a sense of their temperament and nature.
4. What are your provisions for the unexpected?
Even though it’s necessary to focus on making plan “A” work, there is also a need to make provisions for the unintended. The photographer should provide contact information of an alternative.
A professional photographer or should have access to other experts who can be placed on call in the occurrence of any complication on that day. You could also ask for sample photographs of the backup. It is the most important day of your life, nothing should left to chance
5. What are your terms of service?
First of all if the photographer doesn’t provide you with a sample contract it would be wise to pick someone else. You should go over the terms of payment, mode of operation and all other relevant aspects of the contract before you make any agreement. Any agreement made should be mutually beneficial.
6. How long have you been in the business of photography?
In the business of photography just like any other aspect of life the significance of experience cannot be overemphasized. You should make sure the photographer has been in business for at least five years. Trust me you don’t want your wedding photos taken by the dude who started taking pictures last Christmas.
7. What do you charge for overtime?
This should be part of the contract. Your choice photographer should make clear if his/her package includes any extra charge. For example, he should make known if he charges for any further use of his service after the time frame agreed upon.
This question should be asked to all the professionals working at your wedding including your wedding DJ.
8. What percentage of your samples is the work of associates?
As said earlier, every photographer has a particular style so when going through their collectionyou may want to ask what percentage of the job was done by associates and assistants. You don’t want the most memorable day of your life being captured by an apprentice.
9. What is your primary style?
You want to be able to tell the story of your day in pictures, and ensure everybody present has an enjoyable time doing it. The aim is to get shots of you that all you guests would be willing to put on their walls. The photographer’s style should be really simple and catchy and yur photographer should be able to deliver without any difficulty.
10. Do you have adequate backup equipment?
It could be very embarrassing when the photographing got delayed because the photographer’s camera went bad so he had to go to the hardware store to get a replacement
Your choice photographer should have a replacement for all his tools ranging from camera lenses to computer equipment. To avoid the unexpected you may want to find out if the photographer has a solid insurance package Also he should have backups of your files so you don’t lose your wedding pictures because a malicious hacker broke into his system and destroyed all his file. Remember you don’t make provisions for insurance when you need it.
11. What do you intend to put on for the wedding?
It’s your wedding! even though your photographers should be dressed properly, they shouldn’t steal the show. Discuss what they’ll be putting on – they should blend into scenery. Some professionals prefer to dress in black so as to go unnoticed
12. Have you ever shot at our location before?
It can be really soothing to hear that the photographer is familiar with your venue. If they haven’t shot there before, it would be wise to ask if they would be willing to visit your venue before the wedding to acquaint them with the layout as each venue comes with its peculiarities. The photographer should be aware of the lighting conditions of the venue
13. Can I have a custom-made package?
We all have different likes and preferences. You should ascertain if your photographer will be able to deliver EXACTLY what you want.
Hopefully, these scrutinizing questions should help you make the right choice when it comes to your wedding photography at a price that fits your budget.