Post # 1
I’m having my first meeting with a photographer tomorrow and so far it’s the only meeting I’ve scheduled. I don’t know a lot about photography but I do know that my fiance and I both love all the photos on his website so he’s our top choice. Problem is that I have to go to this meeting alone and pretty much decide on the spot if I want him or not because another person has asked him if our wedding date was available and luckily our meeting was scheduled first. So what I’m wondering is, what types of questions should I be asking, and is there anything specific that I should be looking out for in the contract if I do decide to book him? I’m so new to all of this and am terrified I’m going to get screwed over in the process lol. Please help!
Post # 3
Well, ask about liability insurance first and foremost. Ask if there’s a copyright release included in the price (meaning you can do whatever you want with the photos)…just Google “questions to ask wedding photographer” and a big list should come up. 🙂
Post # 4
If your photographer is good he’ll be able to walk you through most of it. They do this all the time and you can tell them that you’re not sure what to ask 🙂
Make sure that you get the rights to the prints and can make your own prints. Ask if they’ve shot in your venue, if they have they might have suggestions for you. Ask if there is an hourly fee if you want them to stay later… um, how many shooters, editing/photoshopping all the pics or just some.
Overall, just make sure that you feel comfortable with them. You will be with this person a lot during the day and they will be capturing some intimate moments – so make sure you feel like you can be yourself around him.
Post # 5
I was lucky to have a friend/ex-co worker who is in the photography business – he is doing my pics. He walked me through everything and was super honest w/ pricing and all that good stuff!
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Post # 7
we had a family friend of ours do our photos he used to be a photographer but now hes an engineer! so ours was pretty laidback kind of meeting no contracts but Im sure google will be your friend in finding out some more information! 🙂 good luck!
Post # 8
Depending on whether or not you want your images published, most wedding photographers include in their contract a “right to publish”. This means they can use any images from your wedding in their advertising, web site, blog, etc. If you do not want that, make sure you tell them so you can remove it from the contract.
Post # 9
I would bring Mrs Fondue’s photog vendor worksheet along – it had a lot of good questions I never would have thought to ask!
Making it Easy: Miss Fondue’s Vendor Worksheets
Post # 10
Even though another couple has asked about that date, I would still be comfortable asking if you can let him know what you and your Fiance decided within 48 hours (or something like that).
Post # 11
Thanks for all the great advice everyone! Feeling a lot better going into it now 🙂
Post # 12
You shouldn’t feel pressured to book on the spot. Especially without your Fiance. Your meeting may be scheduled first but they should allow you a buffer time to discuss and make your final decision.
People ask about dates all the time. It doesn’t mean they all translate into meetings or bookings.
Really pay attention to how they make you feel. How you will get along with them. You will be in really close quarters with them during some of the most romantic and intimate moments of your life. So, since you have to have a third wheel most the day, are they the third wheel you want?
On top of that, timelines, products you may be interested in, back up gear and plans, etc… A lot has already been mentioned…
Post # 13
So I was just telling my friend about my upcoming appointment and she told me to run the other direction! She just got married and apparantly had an awful time with them being unprofessional and had been warned by 3 other people too! Now what do I do? The other photographers I loved were out of my budget, but I really don’t want to deal with a bad photographer because that’s top priority to me…
Post # 14
Did your friend actually use this photographer, or just hear about them? It doesn’t hurt to go to the meeting.
You also still have time to find a photog, so you don’t need to book yet!
We found a great photog in our budget by asking for referrals from higher budget photographers we loved. One in particular gave us the names of some newer-to-the-business photographers with whom she had previously worked (they were 2 of her second-shooters). Since they were/are newer to the business, their prices are lower, but they both had a great eye and great artistic and editting skills, having worked/trained with one of the best photographers in our area (her prices were about 3x our budget, haha). We booked with one of them after talking and really clicking, and have been totally happy so far!
Post # 15
Make sure the length of time in the contract coincides with the timing on your wedding day, meaning if you need him to arrive at noon but cake cutting isn’t until 9pm do you need to pay overtime. Also, make sure you have teh rights to your pictures immediately when they are available, that was a HUGE oversight we made which is going to cost us a lot of $ and time. If an album is included in the package make sure you get at least 75-100 photos included, again, an oversight we made as well (50 is NOT enough and a total ripoff).
Also, ask for a price list of prints if you buy them from him. We didnt’ even think to do this and it turns out a 5X7 is $25.
And most importantly make sure that he respects and/or shares your vision of your wedding day. If your family are all going to have cameras snapping away, will he be a diva and get mad? Is he willing to let you travel around with your bridal party for the experience even though it means comprimising his ‘art’? Again, something I totally ignored from other bee’s and now regret.
Post # 16
Here is an article that might be helpful about how to get the most out of your wedding photographer – starting with the consultation! http://shaycochranephotography.com/blog/?p=3077