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Getting married is one of the most exciting times of your life and can also be one of the most stressful times as well. Choosing the right vendors can seem like a never ending battle. With over 10 years of experience in the wedding industry and having worked hundreds of weddings we want to help you in your wedding planning journey and specifically when choosing the right photographer. Below you’ll find some key questions to ask your future wedding photographer along with some notes to keep in mind while you are on the search for the perfect photographer.
HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE AND APPROACH ON THE WEDDING DAY?
Make sure you decide which style you prefer before talking with a wedding photographer. If you like candid, unposed photos with a few formal/portrait photos mixed in, then choose a photographer that is passionate about these as well. To avoid disappointment, choose a photographer that has a similar vision to you and a portfolio that reflects it.
An experienced photographers will be able to adapt and work at any venue with any lighting condition and produce consistent results. Check with your photographer to see if they have worked at your venue before. This will give you peace of mind that they are familiar with the location and how the venue operates. However, sometimes working at the same venues repeatedly can negatively impact the photographers creativity. So, if the photographer hasn’t shot at your venue don't stress about it. Ask if they have been to similar venues when it comes to style, lighting, ect.
Can we see a full wedding gallery?
This one should go with out saying. Any photographer that can’t show you a full gallery should be a red flag. Looking through a few full galleries or blog posts on their website will give you a good idea of the consistency of their work as well as their approach. Make sure to look at photos from all parts of the day like the ceremony and reception and not just the photos of the couple. It really important that the photographer is well rounded in all aspects of wedding photography not just portraits.
What is included in your packages?
Some photographers offer a set amount of hours and some offer full day coverage. It’s important to understand what they offer, why they offer it, and most importantly how you'll receive your images. Here are some questions to keep in mind when talking about collections and packages.
- Will you be my actual photographer or is it someone else?
- How many photos can we expect?
- How will I receive my images?
- Will there be a second photographer or are they an extra cost?
- Will we have printing rights to our photos?
- Will we be able to download our photos?
- Do you delete the photos after awhile?
- Can we add on extra coverage on the day of and how much would it be?
How do we book and make things official?
All wedding vendors have a different booking process and payment terms and it's no different with wedding photographers. If you are serious about moving forwrad with a particular photographer make sure they walk you through the their booking process. Make sure there is a good legal contract to hold both parties accountable as well as secure way to make your payments. Know what you have to pay and when it’s due. What is refundable and what isn’t? What are their cancellation and postponement terms? Do they offer a payment plan? Most of all, make sure there isn't any hidden fees! No one wants to be bothered by that!
Choosing the right wedding photographer is such an important part of the whole experience. It will have a massive impact on your day and how your memories will be captured. Making sure you are comfortable with the team you hire as well as the package you choose is super important and we don't take it lightly. When you look at your wedding photos a part of you will always remember who took them and that memory needs to be just as pleasant as the ones documented.
We hope this helps you in your search for the perfect wedding photographer! If you have any further questions or are interested in booking with us please get in touch with us by filling out the form below.