ASK FIRST: Questions for Wedding Photographers

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Back in April, I did a poll and asked brides where they spent most of their wedding budget.Β  Unsurprisingly, a staggering 40% said ‘Photography and Videography’.Β  Another 27% said just photography.

So, I can not stress enough how important it is to carefully chose your photographers/videographers.Β  Because honestly, what’s worse than money wasted are memories captured in blurry images!

So before you say YES to your Wedding Photographers do ask:

Availability

  • Are you available on my wedding date?
  • Are you the photographer who will shoot my wedding?
  • Do you have any assistant/second shooter with you on the day?
  • How many other weddings will you photograph that day/weekend?
  • How far in advance do I have to book?

Style/Portfolio

  • Do you often shoot weddings that have similar size and style to the ones we are planning?
  • If your style is mostly candid, will I still get formal, posed portraits (or vice versa)?
  • Can I give you a list of specific shots that we like?
  • Will the photos be retouched or color balanced?
  • Can we see the full galleries of a few of your recent weddings?

Vetting

  • May I have a list of references or links to reviews?
  • MUST:Β Do your own research about reviews from recent customers!
  • Have you worked with any of our vendors/suppliers or coordinator?

Pricing & Packages

  • What is the total fee (including gst)?
  • How much deposit is required and when is it due?
  • What packages do you offer and can it be customized?
  • How much do you charge for overtime?
  • What is your refund/cancellation policy?

Logistics

  • What time will you arrive at the site?
  • How will you (and your assistants) be dressed?
  • Can you recommend a timeline for posed portraits (wedding preparation/sunset shots)?
  • Do you have backup photographers who will shoot the wedding if you are sick?
  • Do you have a backup equipment?

Product:Β  Digital & Prints

  • How many final images should I expect to receive?
  • How long after the wedding will the digital and printed images be available?
  • For digital images, will it be available online or delivered to us (via usb)?
  • Can we order prints/albums from you?
  • Do you help with styling and creating albums?

FinalΒ Thoughts

Most photographers will have a FAQ page or will refer you to their package lists.Β  But do keep extra attention to the questions I highlighted above.

Remember, before you sign the contract… ASK! ASK! ASK!

 

 

From personal experience, it is truly worth investing on wedding photographers/videographers (sigh) -now I’ll save that story for another post!

 

 

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