Before you sign on the dotted line of a wedding photographer’s contract, you need to be as prepared as you can possibly be for the main event. Wedding photographs will serve as an important piece of your family’s history. You want everything to be perfect.
To get the wedding pictures of your dreams, you need to ask the right questions. Diving in without knowing important details won’t necessarily spell disaster. But knowing certain things beforehand can save a lot of frustration, disappointment, and money. And your photographer will want you to ask questions. The clearer things are for the both of you, the smoother it will go.
1. Have you ever photographed a wedding at my venue before?
If your wedding photographer has covered a wedding at your venue, you can gain insight from his experience. Ask if you can see pictures from that wedding, and then gain inspiration from them. You don’t have to do things the same way, but at least you’ll see what works and what doesn’t in that specific venue.
2. Do you have references I can call?
Successful photographers are usually happy to put you in touch with previous wedding photography clients. If they do their job well, then they’ll want you to hear about it from people who are satisfied with their service. Experienced photographers will also have a portfolio, gallery and testimonials.
3. How would you describe your style of wedding photography?
This is where you’ll hear a lot of the photography jargon thrown at you. The common styles photographers use today can be any of the following: photojournalism, traditional, formal, documentary, or creative.
4. How long have you been photographing weddings and how many weddings do you photograph a year?
While it shouldn’t be viewed as a requisite, photographers who are experienced in covering weddings can be more advantageous. They’ll know all the ins and outs, techniques, and ideal settings to shoot for you. Don’t set aside fresh talent so easily, however. Sometimes you’ll appreciate bold and daring ideas that can only come from the younger generations.
5. What are the biggest mistakes in wedding photography from your experience?
Ask your photographer what he thinks are bad ideas when it comes to wedding photography from his experience. Once you hear his opinion, don’t be too hasty in adjusting your own ideas. Consider his words, see if there’s something you could use, and just go with what you think is right. It’s your wedding, in the end.
6. What are the most beautiful wedding photography ideas in your opinion?
After getting his insights on the bad ideas, don’t forget to ask what he thinks are the greatest! If your wedding photographer is experienced, he’ll have plenty of ideas to offer.
7. What wedding packages do you have available and what do they include?
Most wedding photography packages include the album, editing, engagement shoot, and venue-seeing. The idea is to know what comes in the package, so you won’t have to pay for things you thought were already included.
8. How long until the pictures are ready?
The finished wedding photographs will usually be posted on the photographer’s online gallery. There, you can choose your favourite ones and find out how much it will cost to have them printed.
Your photographer should always be open to answering your questions. If you’re left unsure or worried, always have a way to contact your wedding photographer so he can address all your concerns. Your wedding is a big deal so don’t be afraid to find out everything you can.
Ready to talk to a professional wedding photographer today? Book an appointment with Pepper Image. We’re all about creating magical moments you can keep for years to come.