Finding a wedding photographer can be a daunting task. you want someone with the skill level at the right price point and who you jive with. So how do you find this diamond in the ruff? Here are 6 questions to ask wedding photographers to help you find the right one for your wedding day.
What is your shooting style?
With so many photography styles out there (photojournalistic, lifestyle, classic, edgy, etc.) you want to make sure that the style your photographer shoots meets your tastes. You should be able to determine their style by looking at their online portfolio and/or sample albums, but the style they shoot will also determine how they approach your wedding and interact with you to get the shots they need. A classic wedding photographer might do more posed shots where a lifestyle photographer will photograph the moments as they unfold, with little to no interaction or prompting.
- How many weddings have you shot and how many were the same size as ours?
There are a lot of photographers currently in the wedding industry and more and more are entering the industry on a daily basis. You want to make sure that the photographer you hire has the experience and the confidence to document your wedding. Someone who is experienced will not only have the appropriate equipment, but they will also have good knowledge of the wedding flow ensuring that they are in the right spot for those special moments.
- What are your packages and pricing? Are they customizable?
Wedding packages come in many shapes and sizes and varying price points, so you want to make sure that the photographer fits your budget. You also want to make sure that you can remove items from the package that you don't need or add items/products that are more important to you. The last thing you want to do is pay for something that doesn't meet your needs, something that will be of little to no value to you.
- Can we pay for more photography time if we need it? How much?
Photography time is usually included in the wedding package and varies by photographer. You want to make sure that you have enough time for your photographer to capture your wedding day from beginning to end. Ask your photographer if you are able to add more photography time to the package or if you can add photography time the day of the wedding in case the events stray from the wedding timeline. Last thing you want is to not have a photographer capture the two of you cutting the cake, or letting loose on the dance floor, partying it up with all your wedding guests.
- How many other events will you be photographing that day?
Don't assume that your wedding is the only one that your photographer is going to be photographing that day. You want to make sure that you are hiring a photographer that will be dedicated to your wedding that day and not be rushing off to another event.
- How long does it take to get the images back?
This will vary by photographer. If you hire a wedding photographer who shoots with film, you might be looking at a longer turnaround time because they have to send the film to the lab for developing. The editing process of the photographer might also cause a longer turnaround time. Make sure to ask so you know what to expect. Most wedding photographers will post some teaser images on social media or their blog within a couple days of your wedding, but you should clarify the turnaround time for the images.
The important thing is that you find a wedding photographer who you can trust and have confidence in photographing your wedding so you can focus on each other and having fund with your guests. These questions should give you a good starting point.
Remember to embrace this time and enjoy it. Happy Wedding Planning!
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