Choosing a wedding photographer can be a really big deal: you want someone who understands your vision, who listens to you, and who will be timely and professional. I have often heard of brides regretting that they skimped on this important part of their ceremony, and that’s why I always strive to provide high-quality and amazing wedding coverage for every bride who chooses me. I aim to give them the most memorable images, so they can look back in years to come, thankful that they invested in commemorating their day. Here are five questions you should ask your wedding photographer as you search for one (even if it’s not me!):
- What are your packages and what do they include? Many photographers offer a number of packages, which is helpful for most budgets. Our wedding day portraits start at $2200, and I’m happy to go over what’s included. Don’t forget to ask what the minimum product and print investment is, and what the average client spends. This will help you plan your budget, and know what costs are coming up.
- What do you do in the event of inclement weather or your own cancellation? Depending on your venue, and if you’re able to proceed in rainy or inclement weather, this is a really important question. Would you get your deposit or fee back? Will they work with you to find another suitable day if everything falls apart and you aren’t able to continue with the wedding in the rain? Of course, you should work with your venue to deal with a lot of these issues, but your photographer should also be able to tell you the backup plan if THEY have an emergency of their own. Yes, it happens, and it’s important for them to verbalize and write down a contingency plan in case of an emergency.
- When will I get my portraits back? Not only should you ask when to expect those beautiful images, but also ask about how they will be delivered. USB? Physical prints? How many digital or physical prints will be included in this package? Find out about your ordering process as well, and when you’ll be expected to choose your images and order your products. Lastly, ask their policy on social media, and if it’s okay to share your images and how to do so respectfully (with their watermark or credit, for example).
- How will you infuse our personalities into the shoot? A good photographer won’t balk at this tough question. A great one will be able to share ways in which your customized decor, dress, flowers, and friends will all be captured so you don’t miss a moment. Be sure to do your own part by letting your photographer know if there will be something special, like a pet as a ring bearer, or a brooch that was your grandma’s. If you want it specifically documented, they need to know so that the expectations are very clear. This is how you prevent mishaps, and make sure your desires are met.
- How long will you be at my wedding? Most photographers let you know the running shoot time they include, but you may want to work with them to make sure they don’t miss you and your spouse leaving through sparklers or rice, or that they don’t arrive too late to get images of you both getting ready. If you need to, give yourself generous shooting time and pay for extra time if you are able. That way, you won’t stress out or rush through the day trying to squeeze everything in. Don’t forget to let them know any special conditions, such as if the bride is getting ready somewhere different than the groom, so you can pay for a second shooter or figure out a great solution.
These are crucial questions, and ones that truly make a difference in the way your day goes. Don’t be afraid to ask me these, either, because I am always ready to work with you to make your day dreamy, instead of a stress-fest! Contact me today to get started on the booking process!