Wedding Photography

6 Questions You Should Ask Your Wedding Photographer

 

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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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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4 Tips to Take the Stress Out of the Family Wedding Portraits

 

Let's face it, you spent the last few months stressing and planning the perfect wedding for you and your fiancé. The formal portraits don't have to add to that stress. Here are 5 tips to help you prepare for the formal family portraits so you can relax and have fun.

  1. Get all the parents involved. Find out what family pictures are most important to them.
    Talk to your parents and find out what pictures they would like to have. By having this discussion before hand, you can reduce this portion of the photography time significantly. Your photographer will be able to focus on getting the images you've requested as well as some extra ones without being interrupted by family members making portrait requests. The photographer will know what is important to you and your family which will ultimately eliminate or reduce your stress allowing you to focus on just having fun with your family and wedding party.

  2. Plan on arranging entertainment for your guests to keep them busy during this time.
    The formal pictures after the ceremony can take upwards to an hour or two, so you might want to consider arranging entertainment for the cocktail hour. Photo booths are a great idea for this. This could also be the time that you have people sign your guest book or photo mat, you could even consider having your guests video tape a message for you. Check out 4 Must Haves For a Successful Wedding Cocktail Reception.

  3. Consider doing first look pictures before the ceremony.
    I know this idea is still a fairly new concept and you may or may not be open to breaking the tradition of not seeing each other before the wedding, but I do ask that you hear me out on this. There are many benefits to doing a first look session (check out 4 Benefits of the First Look Session) and one of those is it gives more time for the family portraits. Typically the portrait time after the ceremony is divided into getting pictures of you and your fiancé with the various family arrangements. After that you have to take pictures with your brides maids and maid of honor and him with his men, this too can include it's own multiple arrangements. Then, you can't forget pictures of the two of you. All of this within 1-2 hours. The first look pictures can free up some of that time and also produce more pictures of the two of you than if you waited till after the ceremony.

  4. Communicate with the family members participating in the pictures, what to expect and where to be after the ceremony for the formal portraits. Last thing you want is to have a scavenger hunt for aunt Betsy.

    This is important. You can eliminate a lot of time if you communicate to your family what is expected of them and where they need to be after the ceremony. This is even a great task to delegate to your mom and/or his mom or to your maid of honor and/or bridesmaids. By letting people know what to expect and where to be it could move things along quicker when it comes time to taking the family portraits especially when you don't have to waste time waiting for Uncle Bob or Aunt Betsy who are at the bar talking it up with cousin Allan.

Whatever you do, just remember to breathe and have fun. This is, after all, your day!