Essential Questions You Need to Ask Your Wedding Photographer
Unfortunately, it’s not so easy these days finding a wedding photographer. There’s so much choice out there and so many variables to choose from – it’s not so easy as just looking through their website and liking what you see, there’s much more to it than that… Your wedding day photos are so precious, it’s worth taking that extra step to ensure that you’ve got the right fit for the job. Before saying the big “I do” to your wedding photographer, consider asking these essential questions during your search for the perfect wedding photographer.
How Will I Receive My Images and Do You Keep Copies?
Possibly the most important question of all. The last thing you want is to have photos vanish forever. Will you receive all the images, or just some of them? Will the rest be available? Do they come via download or USB drive? What happens if I lose my wedding photos?
Does your Photographer Produce Wedding Albums As Well?
If an album is something that’s important to you, or even just something you are considering in the future, talk to your photographer about their albums. A recent study concluded that 90% of couples who said they would make a wedding album themselves never got around to it within 5 years of the wedding. If your photographer does make wedding albums, can you see some examples? And are the albums they are showing you illustrative of the actual albums included in collections, or are there expensive upgrades to take into consideration?
What Style of Photography Do You Produce?
Looking through your chosen wedding photographer’s website will tell you some things make sure there are full weddings to view – so you can see how they plan to get to know you in order to tell your story in the most creative and artistic way possible. Yes, you want pretty photographs — but it’s even better to have gorgeous photographs that capture those special moments of your wedding day. It’s essential to find a photographer who wants to capture all the things you think are special and that reflect who you are as a couple.
Make sure not to be hoodwinked by industry buzzwords that sound ideal – like: ‘traditional,’ ‘candid’ or ‘photojournalistic’. Photographers throw these words around because they know it sounds like what everyone wants, but the funny thing is that any photographer worth their salt should be able to handle any and all of these ‘styles’ of photography on your wedding day. Every wedding contains moments for photojournalism, moments for candid photography, and moments for traditional poses. Instead, some better questions to ask of your photographer’s style are things like: What’s your approach to group shots? Is your style more natural, editorial, or fine art?
What Equipment Do You Use?
Once you’ve fallen in love with their artistic style and approach, it’s time to get technical. Before signing the contract you should have a good idea of what kind of equipment they use. Will they be bringing light stands and big lights? Or are they more of a roving photojournalist with just a camera and a few primes?
Further FAQ as food for thought…
Will You Bring a Lot of Equipment?
Ideally, your photographer would professional level of equipment with full size back-ups in case of equipment malfunction or accident. Furthermore, some photographers use a lot of ‘off camera’ lighting which may involve lots of light stands and such.
Do you shoot digitally or with film?
You’ll be hard pushed to find a photographer who shoots film professionally these days owing to the massively increased costs and time-labour involved, but they are still out there. Do make sure you know as this may affect whether you have digital copies available or not.
Do you shoot in JPG or RAW?
It’s one of those questions that Editorial Magazines and Blog posts think you should ask. In our experience, no professional has major issues shooting either way, and often will just tell you what they think you want to hear anyway. As long as you’ve seen some real world weddings from your photographer and think they are awesome, then this is something you don’t need to worry about.
How do you handle shooting with low lighting?
Living in England (and even abroad) low lighting can be a real issue. If the photographer’s portfolio doesn’t contain many indoor or night time wedding images it’s worth asking what their approach to low light situations is.
Do You Have a Backup Plan?
What’s the plan if your wedding photographer is sick? Is there a replacement on hand? Do they have a second shooter who can fill in? Also what happens if your wedding photographer’s camera breaks moments before the first kiss – do they have backup equipment on hand?
Are Wedding Photos Copyrighted?
It’s worth finding out how your wedding photos will be used and more importantly what you can do with them after your wedding day. Do you own the copyright or are you limited with what you can do with your photos after the event? Here are some common scenarios to consider:
- Do you offer prints and wall-art?
- Can I post on social media?
- Can I Make My Own Wedding Album?
- Can I Give the Photos To The Other Suppliers at My Wedding?
- If yes, do I need to tag my photographer when posting on social media?
- How might my photographs be used by you in the future?
Who Will Edit The Photos?
It’s worth knowing your wedding photographer’s process before the wedding day. Some things to consider are whether your wedding photos are edited in-studio or if they are outsourced? Some photographers show you the unedited photos first and ask which ones you want edited in the final batch (selecting up to a certain number). Other photographers will hand over images straight from the camera unedited.
Make sure you know what the process is post-wedding so as to avoid any unwelcome surprises after the wedding day!
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Your Wedding Day will never be as important to anyone else as it is to you, but trust us when we say – your wedding will be crucially important to us as well! Please browse our website for examples of our work, and we look forward to making your wedding photographs special too.