Your big day is coming up and you need a wedding photographer. But you don’t just need any wedding photographer – you need the right one. The right wedding photographer can capture the memories of this once-in-a-lifetime day and present them for you and your family in a way that they will be cherished for years to come. But how do you find the right wedding photographer? They will ask you questions about your plans for your wedding day but you also need to ask questions of them, and here are five questions to get you started.
If someone hasn’t had much experience with weddings but has been a photographer for 20 years, they still may not have the experience required to capture all those special moments. If they don’t, you may regret missing something in those photographs that they can’t go back and get afterwards. If someone specializes in doing only weddings, they may be on the more expensive side but exactly what you are looking for. People that photograph all events and have done many weddings may be a perfect blend of experience and affordability.
If you have a small number of guests, say 50 or less, the photographer may feel comfortable shooting without an assistant especially if they are skilled at what they do. If you have more than 50 and they don’t already have an assistant lined up, you should probably request one.
Some photographers only work in one style, and they prefer it that way. However, some can tailor their shooting and post-production style to fit your wedding theme/style or your tastes. Along with this question, you can ask if they will be color-correcting the photos, reducing red-eye or glare, or adding in effects to any of them such as grey-scale.
Let’s face it, equipment failures happen. If they show up and their camera isn’t working, what then? Or what happens if a lens or a flash stops working half way through the reception? Will they be prepared to handle that? You need to know that you will still be able to get pictures of your entire event should something happen with their equipment and they need to use a backup.
You don’t want to have to see your first anniversary come and go before you get to share your wedding pictures. A few months, maybe, but not longer than that. And some places, if they have the manpower, can even get them to you sooner than that. You will want to know that you can see proofs before you are given the final photos, and you want to know how long before you receive those final prints. Also, you may want to ask if it is possible to get digital copies of your photos since so many people like to share their wedding pictures online and it makes things so much easier.
Choosing the right wedding photographer is one of the more important decisions you will make, out of the many, when it comes to your big day. Make sure you interview them as much as they interview you. If they are worth your time, they will take theirs to make sure all of your questions are answered before you decide to sign a contract with them. Once you choose the photographer for your big day, you can rest assured that you can relive and share those memories with friends and family for a long, long time.
Written for Bridalosophy by K. Thayer
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