To ensure you are completely satisfied with your choice of wedding photographer, be sure to communicate expectations and get all your questions answered!
Happy Wedding Wednesday, darlings! I am so excited to share with you all that over the weekend, we signed a contract with our wedding photographer! I began the photographer search back in October, and I knew even before I started having interview calls with photographers that of all vendors, choosing a photographer was one of my most picket decisions. With past jobs in the photography business, love for storytelling and a detailed eye used throughout my blog, my wedding photographer had to be perfect. While it took hours of scrolling on Instagram, searching through the best of the best, and looking through beautifully styled photography websites, it was most definitely worth it! We found an amazing, Orange County based photographer who not only just designed her very own stunning wedding, but has the right personality for John and I to vibe with and above all, her fine art photography style came in right at the sweet spot of our budget for imagery.
Through the several calls I’ve had with photographers, you can bet that I didn’t only learn a few things, but I also did a lot of prior research to ensure neither the photographer’s or my own time was wasted. By having a clear understanding of the photograph style you’re looking for, a budget you’d like to stick with, and reference to the questions I used in my own interviews with photographers, you will save so energy while on the search for the wedding photographer of your dreams!
During your wedding, there will be times for all styles of photography…photojournalism, candid photography, and even time for traditional poses. While this stands true, try to pin down a style that you really like so you can determine your favorite style, and communicate with the photographer to ensure they understand your vision. An amazing photographer will go out to hunt for great image, will be assertive enough to seek out great moments and gather the members for family shots. I can’t tell you enough how important this is, and you will be forever grateful if you ensure your photographer is on the same page. These are the most vital questions that I asked, and I suggest you do as well before you sign a contract for your wedding photographer.
Where are you based? Do you charge a travel fee to photograph at my venue?
You mentioned you shoot in (region), Do you work in (city) often?
Have you ever worked at my wedding site before? If not, are you willing to meet with me and my partner to check it out in advance?
How many weddings do you do in a year?
What’s your favorite part of a wedding day, and time of year to shoot?
If you offer a second photographer in your collections, who is the second photographer?
When it comes time to get those amazing group family shots, how are you with gathering together?
How would you describe your working style?
Do you send out a ‘Shot list’ before our wedding to ensure we get all the images we need?
Do you have a videographer recommendation?
How would you describe your photography style?
Images + Terms
Do you shoot both digital and film?
Do you shoot in JPG or RAW?
Does your camera feature a double card SD slot?
Will all the photos be retouched and color balanced?
What are the rights to the images?
If I want to print them elsewhere, do we have to buy the rights to the images.
Will there be an archive of my images?
Questions To Ask Yourself
Do I feel a connection with this photographer as well as his/her photos? Are our personalities a good match?
Am I comfortable with this person’s work and communication style?
Has this photographer listened well and addressed all my concerns?
It seems cliché, but once you speak with a photographer, review their style and determine if the pricing is in your budget, you’ll know when you know! As long as you do your research, and are truly in love with the work of the photographer and you enjoy their personality, you will not be disappointed!
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CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE
Photography: Twig + Fawn Photography | Styling: Brisbane Wedding Decorators | Flowers: New England Flower Co. | Stationery: The Rustic at Heart | Celebrant: Brisbane City Celebrants | Cake: Cakes by Holly | Canapes: Wholesomeness Health Foods | Gown: Goddess By Nature | Jewellery: Redki Couture Jewellery | Hair & Makeup: Shannon Hope | Suit: Wil Valor
Until Next Wedding Wednesday…