Questions Every Couple Must Ask a Wedding Photographer
Finding the right wedding photographer isn’t unlike finding the right person to marry. You’ll be spending a lot of time with your photographer throughout your big day, so you’ll want to make sure you know the questions to ask a wedding photographer before booking him or her. So what’s the best way to find “the one”?
First, take a look at the wedding photographers at The Kent Wedding Centre to find a list of talented photographers (& videographers) near you. Before you sit down with any of them, first make sure that they have your date available – if the answer is no, there’s no need to schedule an in-person interview. But if they do have your date available, meet for an interview — and have a good sense of what to ask a wedding photographer. Below is what you should confirm with them.
Be sure you know the right questions to ask a wedding photographer before stepping into that first meeting!
How would you describe your style of photography and can I see examples?
You’ll likely hear words like 'photojournalistic,' 'traditional,' 'formal,' 'documentary,' or 'creative' but frequently these mean different things to different people. Ask a photographer to walk you through his or her work to help illuminate a description.
Have you ever photographed a wedding at my venue before?
If the answer is yes, ask to see the images that were shot at your venue to make sure they mesh with your vision. If the answer is no, then this is almost better as you can create your own picture of the space without interference. Scout out some unique locations for the intimate shots and the ideal backdrop for your friends and family. Don’t leave it up to chance on the big day. Think of your wedding as a photoshoot, no fashion photographer would have a shoot without a recce! Oh and plan for the wet weather… because this is England and you never know!
Can you/are you able to cover all of the preparation shots?
Tradition dictates that the bride and groom prepare for the big day separately. If you choose to abide by this then your photographer may either need to be able to perform some dark arts and be in two places at once, or… have a partner. In order to capture you and the girls getting ready, whilst simultaneously shooting the boys down the Horse & Groom wetting their whistle the photographer may request an additional fee. So check prior to booking to see if its included or if you even want your future husbands big day preparations included!
What if you get sick or an emergency comes up and you can’t photograph my wedding?
It’s one of those uncomfortable questions for a wedding photographer, but is very important. A photographer who works alone should have a good back-up plan in case of emergency, one that makes you feel comfortable and secure. Someone who shares a similar style and flair.
Ask to see a wedding from start to finish
On a wedding photographers website you will see a dazzling array of best bits. An amazing cake, a romantic waltz and a teary father of the bride! But can they capture the incredible moments in-between! Do they have the skill and the stamina to bring together the whole day from start to finish? Well, we know the guys at The Kent Wedding Centre can but its an important question to ask your wedding photographer anyway!
What do you love most about photographing weddings?
This is one of the most important questions to ask your wedding photographer to help get a sense of his or her personality, and to see if he or she seems genuinely excited to share your wedding day with you.
How will I receive my images?
Prints? Download them? Disc? USB? When you hire your wedding photographer you should know how you will get your photos, the standard way is on a USB pen or a download link, many photographers will also send you photo versions perfect for social media that are saved for the web. They may also give you access to a web gallery where you and your guests can login and view the photos from the day. If you want them to be printed or an album made up for you then speak to your photographer and see what options they have and the cost for this. What better way to see your wedding photos than in a beautifully presented wedding album that tells the story of your wedding day.
What information do you need from me before the wedding day?
Give your wedding photographer all the information they need prior to the big day so they can be left to do what they do best. They will want to know the exact locations of the ceremony, reception and party, as well as the exact times of the day - where you will be getting ready, what time you will be leaving, what time you plan to cut the cake, this ensures your photographer knows where to be at the right time. This is why hiring a professional wedding photography is so important, they have experience of knowing where to be at the right time, where to get the best shots, events that will unfold at certain times and likely photos that will capture true emotion of the day.
The wedding photographers at The Kent Wedding Centre have years of experience shooting happy couples on their big day, so most of these questions will be answered automatically. It doesn't hurt to keep these in mind though to make sure you get the images you have been dreaming of!
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