(Closed) Meeting with our photographer next week – advice!

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
Hostess
18623 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Make sure you understand the hours they will be there, the cost, if there is a second shooter, etc.

Post # 4
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1315 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Have you seen their work before? In the flesh, or on their blog? It’d be worth pinning down the kind of pics you like – formal/reportage- although I’m sure there’s no hurry on that.

AsB covered everything really.

As per someone else’s thread on here this evening, I would clarify their policy on backing up discs/memory cards etc – some poor bride’s pics were completely lost on a corrupted drive. Obv that is prob quite rare, but my photog contractually obliges himself to make double back ups of all pics directly after the wedding.

Also, maybe mooch around and see what you think of the norm regarding copyright etc – my FI was majorly unimpressed when he heard that the photog owns rights to your pics as a matter of course.  One girl I know didn’t know this, and was not pleased when she was told the photog was using a huge pic of her as promotional material at a bridal fair!  I know it’s a compliment, really, but surely it would have been courteous to inform her beforehand!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@aunt pol: Thanks for the advice. I was just reading my photographer’s ‘terms and conditions’ and it clearly states she owns all the rights to our photos. That sucks… is that a standard thing? (I haven’t signed the contract yet.)

@ceamoste: One important thing to know is if you and your groom want to see each other before the wedding. Makes a big difference in schedules!

Post # 6
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Wannabee

Try these

 1. What is your picture style?

 2. Are you the actual photographer for the Wedding?

 3. What experience do you have?  How many weddings? How many years? Have you shot at our location? If so, what are the special photographic conditions of our location? Have you done a wedding similar to our size?  Your photographer should have passion and excitement for their work. Also, get a feeling on how the day would be handled as far as timing and make sure they are amenable to a shot list. Some photojournalists are not.  Posed family photographs are the lasting memory of your family. An experienced photographer can do it quickly and expertly.

 4. How long after the wedding date (get this in writing)? Are they full resolution files?

 5. What kind of equipment do you use?  Are there tripods? Wires? Can people trip? Is it obtrusive? Ask about the quality of the cameras, lenses, and lighting.  However, remember that it is not the camera that makes the photographs, it is the photographer.

 6. What kind of insurance do you have?

 7. Do you have backup equipment?  What if the photographer is ill or cannot make it?

 8. Can I see pictures from an entire wedding?

 9. What type of albums do they provide? Review their albums, check that the photos are clear and sharp and the color is natural and true to life. The photographs should jump off the page and move you. Ask: If retouching been done? Is it included in the price?

 10. Are there any extra fees or costs, such as travel, parking, accommodations, etc.?

 11. Are you able to work overtime if asked to?  And how much will it cost?

 12. What will you be wearing?

 Hope this helps. 

 http://www.JoeMcDonald.com

 

Post # 7
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319 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I would clarify terms of your photographer’s owners rights to your photos. My photographer and I share rights, so I can print the images she’s taken at my wedding, but can’t sell them (which cracks me up because who would I really sell my photos to?). Is your photog including a cd of images in your package? If not, all of your printing will probably have to go through her and will cost you a lot more than printing yourself. Also, if you ever want to reprint your photos through her down the road, you may want to see how long she keeps your images.

Hope this helps!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

When I met mine I asked these:

   When are payments due

   How many pictures do you take on avg. for weddings

   Will I be getting copys of the negatives

   Do you offer color as well as black and white

   Will you be doing the whole day including us getting ready

    Have you ever taken photos at our location

    How long have you been doing weddings

    Will you be bring someone to help you

    If something happened and you got sick will you have a professional       replacement photographer

 

good luck!!

Post # 9
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114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I would strongly recomend getting a photographer that has a replacement if something happened where he/she wouldn’t be able to make it.

Post # 10
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204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Other good questions are:

-Do you have a website where guests can view and buy pics?

-How will you deliever the pics to us? On a CD, flash drive, or direct download?

-Are engagement pictures included, or do they cost extra?

-What are your ideas for getting great shots if the wedding day is rainy and gross?

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

This might be hard to ask and I’m not sure what you’re looking for, but try and determine how creative they are. Our photographer’s website had beautiful pictures, he won several awards, and got nothing but glowing reviews. We are so disappointed in how boring and ordinary the proofs are. Many of the guests got better pictures than he did. Out of the 725 online proofs that we got, I found only 71 I liked (but that were also pretty much the same ones everyone else took). Its kind of hard to wade through pictures where nothing exciting or interesting is happening. 🙁

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