What to ask your wedding photographer! One thing that I try to do for brides that contact me is to make working with me or hiring a photographer as easy as possible. These four questions are helpful and are things I always remember to tell my brides when we are talking about the special day. Planning a wedding can be overwhelming – from finding the perfect location to booking a DJ or other services to planning every hour of the day. Let me help you make hiring a photographer easier!
Question 1: What is your photography style?
What does style mean? Style is the look and feel of the images. There are many types such as photojournalistic, editorial, black and white, landscape, light and airy, dark and moody, cinematic, etc. I always make sure to mention to my clients that my style is more candid or journalistic. This means that the images tend to be more “in the moment”. I love to shoot the wedding as the story unfolds and catch all the special moments. During the traditional posed photos of the bridal party and bride and groom, I also try to catch those in the moment shots too by asking questions to make people laugh. This allows me to catch a more natural smile rather than “cheese” face!
I also love a traditional black and white image so I’ll add a few black and white images into the gallery as well.
Question 2: Can I customize a package for my event?
This can depend from photographer to photographer. I have a few packages to pick from based on hours of coverage. These packages are geared towards different types of weddings that I like to photograph. These include elopements, in-home self uniting ceremonies, or longer more traditional weddings. But I will absolutely work with you to create a package that works for you and your wedding. Do you want to add on extra hours for a first look or a sparkler exit? I say let’s capture all the moments! I also like to customize packages that include prints, wall art, albums and more. I think it is important to have physical images of your wedding to cherish for years to come.
Question 3: When will we receive our images?
Again this can vary from photographer to photographer. For me, I tell my couples that I will have a gallery viewing session about four weeks from the date of the wedding, just in time for the 1 month anniversary! During this session, we view all the final images in the gallery where you can choose which ones you want to have printed and placed into an album. You can also choose to add the digital gallery to your package for the ability to download images or share the link with family and friends where they can also purchase prints.
Question 4: What is like to work with you?
I have not yet been asked this question but it is something I like to talk about with my clients when we are having our initial planning session. As a certified project manager, I’m great at helping you set up and stick to a timeline for the day. Just give me all the times of the various events of the day and I’ll help to make sure we stick to it. Since I’m at each of those events snapping all those special moments, why not let me take charge and keep everyone on track and where they are supposed to be. I find this takes the pressure off the couple to make sure they get the images they want and helps them from having to keep tabs of the various family and friends for the images.
One of my brides told me that I made her day so enjoyable because she didn’t have to worry about where to be or when because I helped her stick to the timeline. Not only that, she said that my friendly and easy going personality helped her feel comfortable. I’m’ flexible and easy going and I guarantee we’ll laugh a bunch through out the day! We might even end up with a cute selfie!
This post is part of a photography blog circle featuring photographers specializing in a variety of niches. To see what the next photographer is sharing for the weekly theme, “Question people should ask but don’t”, check out Jessica Wasik with Bark & Gold Photography, sharing the four questions people booking a photography session for a reactive dog should ask but don’t.
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