Post # 1
I’m starting the process of finding a photographer. So far I’ve looked at a bunch of their pirtfolios on websites and have gotten quotes. But before you pick a photographer do you meet with them? And if you do what happens at that meeting and what kinds of questions should I ask? I feel so lost in this process.
Post # 2
You don’t have to meet with them, but they’ll probably want to. Plus, you can narrow it down by who you get along with best. You’ll spend hours and hours with these people on your wedding day. There are lots of “questions to ask your wedding photographer” lists out there that you can google. But honestly, if you don’t have questions, you don’t have to have questions. You’re the one doing the hiring, if you have the information you need, then that’s that.
Post # 3
Curlycupcake: We met with a few photogs whose work we liked and whose quotes fit into our budget. We asked to see a full wedding/more of their work at these meetings. We also discussed what was important to us re: the photog on the day – someone who was unobtrusive, focus on candids and natural shots etc. We discussed the venue and if they had shot weddings there before and their ideas for it etc.
Post # 4
sunflower22: Thanks! It didn’t even occur to me to look for a list of questions. Facepalm. That’s helpful!
Lollybags: Thanks! I do want to see more photos than what they post on their sites since those are probably the best ones.
Post # 5
Curlycupcake: I would really suggest meeting them if you can. You’re going to want to know the personality of your photographer to see if they’re your kind of person. You’re going to be spending a lot of time with them and if you don’t get along, think they’re rude or unprofessional, it’s better to know before hiring them. At the meeting I would talk about:
-Type of wedding your having and the type of photos you would want taken (do you want more action shots and less posed? Do you want more creative types or more traditional?) You can also ask them for suggestions based on your venue (my photographer had worked at our venue a few times and new good locations for photos).
-Discuss the contract, the fee, how many hours of service this gets you, if they are doing the shooting alone or have an assistant to help out, etc.
-I would also discuss what happens if they are sick around your wedding date and cannot make it-what happens then? My photographer had a network going with others so if something happened, someone would step up and be there.
-Ask about general turn around times for photos…sneak peak by when? Full prints ready how many weeks afer the wedding?
Post # 6
I would definitely meet, or at least Skype, with a photographer.
<br />For us – I found photographers I liked, got their prices, and then elimated anyone outside of our price range or who gave me a weird vibe/didn’t seem friendly in their response.
That left us with probably 8 or 9 photographers. So I sent those websites to DH, who knocked out a couple, and then we met with the rest. We met with a LOT of photographers, but I’m glad we did – the one we ended up going with was the last one we met, and we LOVE them.
Honestly, for the ones we met with – I only got a bad vibe from one of them. Everyone else we clicked with really well, so it was really hard to choose. We ended up picking ours because 1) we liked them and 2) they emailed us that another couple inquired about our date and if we wanted to book we had until the end of the week. And I guess I work well under pressure, haha!
We also liked that they were a husband and wife team, so they had communication down, and it wasn’t a case of us never meeting the second shooter. Also, they were both trained photographers – not people who were just like “huh, I like taking pictures – I should become a photographer”. The guy in our team comes from a long line of portrait photographers, and they (our photogs) met in art school. They also shoot in film and digital, which I really like.
Post # 7
KatiePi: StL.Ashley: Thank you both for the suggestions! Super helpful!