9 Important Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer
With the average cost of a wedding in the U.K. now being £30,355, it is only reasonable that you will only be getting the best services possible, for such a cost.
One of the most important services you can get on your wedding day is professional photography.
Your wedding photos will be tangible mementos of your big day that will last forever.
As such, you want to have a wedding photographer that can take beautiful, emotional, and poignant shots. As such, you will have to vet a number of photographers.
Here are questions to ask your wedding photographer to be sure they are up for the task.
1. What is Your Style?
Every photographer has a unique style.
Therefore, when thinking about the photography style you prefer, remember that a photographer who might be good at taking natural in-the-moment shots might not be so good at conventional group photos.
As such, you will have to decide what’s more important to you. Do you want candid and impactful shots or do you prefer more traditional shots from the more significant but obvious moments?
Whatever you preference is, ensure that your photographer is suited for that style.
2. Can I See Your Samples?
You will need to check out a sample portfolio of their work so you can see the kind of photos they take. When looking at their work, ask yourself the following questions:
• Do I find their work appealing?
• Would I want my wedding photos to look like that?
• Would I be proud to show them off?
• Would I frame one of these samples on my wall?
If possible, ask them to show you photos of an entire wedding. A good photographer should be willing to show you.
Asking for those shots will help you determine if the work they have shown you in the samples can be reflected in all of their pictures.
The same goes when choosing a videographer. Ask to see both unedited and edited versions of a wedding video. The cuts in the final video should be smooth and the editing seamless. Ensure that the audio quality is excellent as well.
3. Can I Get Testimonials?
This involves asking the photographer whether they are willing to provide you with contact details of couples they have worked for in the past.
This will allow you to get authentic answers to your questions about the photographer, such as:
• Did the photographing crew get in the way of the wedding?
• Were they able to get all the guests in a group shot?
• How did they handle stressful situations?
• Was the atmosphere well-captured on film?
The above are must-have qualities of a good wedding photographer. However, it can be difficult to determine whether a photographer has what it takes unless you talk to someone who has worked with them.
4. What are My Rights?
Most people don’t know this, but most photography contracts stipulate that the photographer owns the rights to all photos they take, including yours. This means that they can use them to promote themselves on their website and social media.
As such, this implies that if you want to print your photos, you will have to buy the rights to those images. Therefore, you want to be sure about your rights and negotiate them to your favour before signing the contract.
5. What Equipment Will You Be Using?
Even though you don’t know the difference between a Polaroid and a Nikon, you still need a solid understanding of the equipment that is going to be used to shoot your wedding.
This does not mean that you should know the exact camera, but the kind of equipment they will bring.
For example, do they plan on using a tripod? How about a flash or two? Additionally, a good photographer always carries backup equipment. Ask them if they do.
6. Do You Have Insurance?
Reputable and professional photography companies always have liability insurance for their crew when they are out in the field working. A good photographer understands that there are all kinds of risk.
For example, they might slip and fall from a high place while attempting to get a good shot. Instead of trying to get you to pay for any injuries or damages, a professional will have insurance that takes care of such incidences.
7. Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer: What is Included in the Package?
A photographer will scale the services they offer to meet your budget. This is why it is important to talk to several photographers to see what each includes in the package that meets your budget.
The following are some things you should enquire:
• How long they will spend working with you
• How many images you should expect
• Whether they include prints
• How much retouching they do
Also, ask them about any add-on service that you want, and is not included in the package. For example, can they provide both photography and videography in the same package?
8. Are You the Only Photographer?
Often, your photographer will show up with a partner on your wedding day to help them shoot your wedding. If that is the case, you want to be sure that their partner is capable of delivering what you want.
Thus, if your photographer says that they will have a partner, ask to see the portfolio of their accomplice. This will allow you to decide whether their style is a good fit for you.
9. What Happens In Case You Can’t Show Up?
Sometimes, life happens, and your photographer might be unable to make it to your wedding. For example, they might fall sick, have a death in the family, or any other emergency. Do they have a contingency plan for such emergencies?
A good photographer always has a plan in place for such instances. Thus, let them tell you what that plan is. You want to know that you will still get high-quality and amazing pictures even if they are not able to make it.
Do Your Due Diligence
No one will say that they are bad at their job. This is why it is important to ask the right questions. The answers to the above questions to ask your wedding photographer should guide you to an artist that is the best fit for you.
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