You've dreamed about your wedding day since you were a little girl and you have spent hours planning every single detail – so you’ll want every moment captured in photos. But with all the amazingly talented photographers out there, how do you know which one is the right fit for you? That’s exactly why I have created this Blog! To help you zero in on the perfect photographer for you.
Let’s get started on narrowing down the list, I consider these first two considerations to be the most important:
1. Be clear on the style you like.
This will help you narrow down the selection of photographers. You need to fall in love with their portfolio and style. Spend some time on various photographers’ websites, galleries, reviews and social media and find a photographer whose images resonate with you. By asking the photographer to describe their working style you can determine if they specialise in highly-posed wedding photographs or more natural, impromptu style of wedding photographs
2. Next, make sure you vibe with them on a personal level!
Your photographer is going to be a third wheel all day, make sure you like them! The more at ease you are with them, the more natural and authentic your wedding photos will be.
Now that you have your short list based on style and personality, you can get down to the nitty gritties.
3. How many weddings have they shot?
This question is to help you determine how much experience your photographer has at photographing weddings. Wedding photography is a whole other ball game. This question will help build that element of trust with your photographer – if you know you can trust your photographer to roll with the punches on the day, it’s one less thing for you to think about.
4. Do they have backup photographers who will shoot the wedding if they're sick?
Life happens, people get sick and your photographer might not be able to attend your wedding. Does your photographer have someone they can call on to take their place should circumstances change unexpectedly?
5. Will a contract of the services be provided?
You should definitely be receiving a copy of the service contract from your photographer. The contract should include details on what services they will be providing, pricing, termination terms etc. A contract is not only for the photographers protect but for yours as well. Trust your gut if a photographer says that they “don’t typically have contracts available for clients.”
6. What is their cancellation and/or refund policy?
In today’s global pandemic world this is a vital question. How will your photographer handle a change of date or outright cancellation? Do you need to provide notice? Will you lose your deposit? Will there be an additional cost for rescheduling?
Don’t be afraid to ask these questions!
7. How will you protect and back up my files?
Every photographer should have a system in place to ensure your wedding photographs are backed up and protected after your wedding. Ensure that the photographer is backing up the images in more than one location for example, on a hard drive as well as in the cloud. Hard drives and SD cards can become corrupted or break no matter how careful the photographer is.
8. Should my wedding last longer than scheduled, will you stay? Is there an extra charge?
You don’t want to come back from your honeymoon to find an invoice for an extra $1000 waiting for you in your inbox. Make sure you have a chat to your photographer about what happens if your wedding runs over what you had expected.
9. How long after the wedding will I see my images and when will I receive my high resolution images?
Ask your photographer about their processes after the wedding and what wait times you can expect on reviewing and receiving your photographs.
Does the photographer give you a “sneak peek” of a few images? How many other weddings are ahead of yours that might push out the post processing of your photographs?
10. What information does the photographer need from you before the wedding day?
The photographer will need quite a bit of information about your wedding day from you. These may include times and locations of ceremonies, reception and preparations. When will you be cutting the cake or making speeches. Who are important family members who must be included in some photographs? The more information they have, the better!
And there you have it! These 10 questions should give you a great starting point to choosing the best wedding photographer for you.