Post # 1
I need your help!
I booked my photographer based on a recommendation from a friend and his stunning portfolio on his website. Due to clashing schedules and the fact that he is based about 8 hours from me, we won’t be able to meet up before the wedding. He has suggested chatting over Skype or the telephone.
He is very experienced (and has done a few high-profile weddings) so I don’t want to ask him any stupid questions.
What sort of things should I be asking him? Do I give him a list of must-have shots or will he know them already/be offended that I tell him?
Post # 2
there are no stupid questions. if you want to know something, ask.
generally photographers know what to photograph at weddings, but you should point out the important people. ie, you don’t need lots of photos of your 3rd cousin once removed who you haven’t seen in 10 years but you do want photos of your 90 year old grandma.
Post # 3
linnylou_88: Someone with a stellar portfolio and high profile weddings under their belt is someone who knows what they’re doing. No question (within reason…lol) is stupid. If there is something you want to know, ask. As photographers, we understand that clients who have never done this before don’t know what’s “normal” and so we are used to questions that while might seem like common sense just need some clarification. I would jot down a list of questions before hand that you want to know, then let the skype meeting happen naturally. During my meetings, I tend to chat about my workflow and general stuff that I find important. Most of the time, my (prospective) clients find that I have covered all the questions on their list without having to ask. That being said, if you get through your meeting and you still have questions – by all means, ask.
The most important questions would be :
- Pricing, and what’s included for the price
- Turnaround time on final images
- Pricing for a-la-carte items (albums, extra portrait sessions, etc) should you need/want to add those things on after the fact
- Their input on your timeline, and any suggestions they might have to help the flow of your day
- What is their retainer fee?
Outside of that, I would make sure that when reviewing the contract all those details are covered in the contract.
I would definitely not give him a list of “must have” shots. I personally don’t accept lists (outside of the shot list for *family formals*) because I find them to be counter-productive to how I shoot. By all means, if there is something very important to you (like a special detail, grandma’s shawl, family bible, or a shot with someone important that wouldn’t be in the family formals) please tell me. However, when brides give shot lists they end up with line after line of things like “bride with bridesmaids” and “first kiss” or “dress hanging up”. Shots like that are all things that an experienced professional does anyway as part of their workflow.
The best advice I can give is to hire someone whos portfolio you really really like, and then let them handle how they do their job.
Post # 4
One of the most important things for you to figure out during your interview session with the photographer to see how you FEEL when you’re with him. Since he/she will be following you around during the majority of your wedding, you should pick someone you feel very comfortable. Additionally, it is also important to see whether their personality style and assertiveness is what you want and need for your wedding day.