Wedding Photography is no easy subject and interviewing potential wedding photographers can be a daunting task. Regardless of if you are hiring me or another studio, I have created a list of 14 questions to help you find the perfect photographer for your wedding day.
This should be your first and foremost question as this is the style of photography that interests you.
I am inspired by the beauty of nature, airy light, warm sunny days, and a couple’s love-struck story. I approach weddings with a romantic, fine art sensibility to create soft, luminous imagery perfectly curating a collection to tell your love story. My philosophy is to create timeless images that will accompany you and that you will be happy to share and transmit to your loved ones.
This is a great question to get an idea of how much experience your photographer has in general. Years are not a good gauge of experience since some wedding photographers may work part time, and only shoot five weddings a year on weekends. Thus, maybe they have five years of experience, but they have only shot 25 weddings.
This question is designed to find out if the photographers are specialized in wedding photography or they are “one-stop-shop-photographers.” More specifically, you would be better off looking for a photographer that specializes, not only in wedding photography but the style of wedding photography.
Some photographers with little experience can take several bookings before or after the wedding. This requires them to spend less time with you, before or after your wedding. Imagine a studio with a single wedding photographer shooting 2-3 weddings on a weekend, the attention to the detail, and to the client, the service could suffer in these circumstances. Your wedding is unique, and wedding preparation is one of the most important things to get quality pictures after your event.
There are a lot of studios that don’t create contracts for their wedding photography clients. You should require a contract from your photographer that details what services they will be providing, pricing, termination resolution terms, etc. A contract is created for your protection, and for the wedding photographer’s protection. It is best to hire a photographer that will build a contract with you, and be wary of photographers that “don’t typically create contracts for clients.”
While it is unlikely that the photographer happens to get ill on your wedding day, there is still a chance. It is crucial that the photography studio does something to take care of the situation in case of illness. As a professional photographer, it is necessary to always provide a replacement photographer, with the same experience and style in case a problem.
Professional wedding photographers should have the proper insurance for their business. Insurance protects the photographer against equipment theft, but more importantly, it provides liability protection in case Great Aunt Sophie trips over the photographer’s bag and breaks her leg.
If a wedding photographer does not have insurance, chances are they are new to the industry or are not taking their business seriously.
If your wedding has 150 or more guests, you should make sure you step up to a package that has an assistant photographer. Aside from the wedding site, there are many moments in which one single photographer cannot cover completely alone. There is no way to capture the first kiss, and at the same time, turn around and get the tear in mother’s eye.
Another factor in how your pictures will look is the style of post production that the studio employs. That is to say, they do post-produce your images. Be extremely careful, as many studios don’t post-produce your images, rather they give them to you unfinished and straight from the camera. In this situation, you are not receiving a finished and professional product.
My goal is to deliver the best images possible to my clients, which means that I spend a lot of time working on images in the post-production phase. This allows to obtain a soft, natural and luminous rendering of your images.
Since color correction is the basic post production, it should be used on every single image. Many photographers will not color correct any, or will only color correct “select” images from your wedding. This means that you may have a lot of pictures where your skin tones are orange, yellow, red or even blue.
I corrects every single image from your wedding to make sure each and every image is a professional quality product.
While wedding photographers don’t necessarily need the best of the best, it is important to have a good set of equipment. Make sure your photographer has at least the following items along with backups.
Nothing would be worse than for the photographer to miss half of your weddings because his camera or lens broke, and he didn’t have a spare.
Knowing up front the photographer’s policy on overages is critical. You don’t want to be surprised when your wedding photographer asks for an additional $1,000 before they release your pictures to you. Even worse, you don’t want your wedding photographer to just pack up and leave when their time is up.
Even though the wedding photographers are a big part of the wedding day, it’s important that they are not distractions. As such, it’s important for the photographer to blend in as much as possible. Furthermore, for religious or cultural ceremonies, there may be certain colors that are considered taboo. Make sure your photographers will be dressed appropriately for the occasion.
My typical attire is black suit pants with a black polo or dress shirt. I dress completely in black because I want to go unnoticed by the clients and guests so that I can capture the event as photojournalists.
Each wedding photography studio varies in the time it takes to produce and deliver your pictures. Studios that do not do any post production or color correction may try to entice you by saying your photos will be ready within the week, or even the next day. However, most studios that develop and produce their images will take anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months.
I developed a consistent production schedule in order to deliver an amazing product in an exceptionally quick manner. This schedule can be seen below: 3-4 Weeks for Engagement, Family, Anniversary Photography Sessions. 7-8 Weeks for Weddings and Receptions.