Meeting with photographer tomorrow- what should I ask?

posted 2 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 2
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889 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015 - On a Cliff Overlooking the Bay, Florida

 ClaudiaKishi:  Are you doing a separate Bridal session?

My package includes: All Day wedding coverage, DVD of all images, Print release, 16X20 Canvas of your favorite picture, Engagement session, Bridal Session and a Photo Album I added on a Boudoir session for 20% off because I got her highest wedding package

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

ClaudiaKishi:  I would also ask what her contingency plan is if she gets sick/ family emergency ect. Maybe see if she will swap out an engagement shoot with a family portrait sesson later/ maternity. Or see if she will lower the price if you are not interested in swapping

Also ask what her rate for extended time. WE have ours for 8 hours but I did think that was long enough ( start at 130 and our ceremony is nto until 530, and i wanted her to get atleast some reception shots)

 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

ClaudiaKishi:  I personally prefer all different sizes, it makes more sense to photo groupings and is more interesting as you look through an album. When you sign the contract MAKE SURE it says in there WHEN you will get the proofs and WHEN the album will be ready.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Questions that I think are important to ask:

How many shots will you actually get?  Even a rough number.  Some photographers won’t give a definite number but they’ll at least give you a ballpark.  You want to be sure there are enough to have some selection and adquately cover you.

Do you provide a meal for her and her assistant?

How will she be dressed?

Be sure to talk about the things you like in her photos and tell her what’s important to you as far as overall style etc.

If she gives you a disc or flash drive, will the photos be edited and also what size will they be suitable for printing?  Some will do photos that are printable to only a 4×6 or 5×7 others they’ll be printable to 16×20.

 

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

ClaudiaKishi:  I would def ask! And I mean it all depends on how long you want her. With my wedding we would have been cutting it close ( on our timeline dinner doesnt start til 730, so she would have had to leave right after dinner)

I wanted her to get a FEW reception shots but I couldnt push back our start time so I just paid for the extra hour. You can play that by ear- I didnt make that decision until like 2 weeks ago and my wedding is in 6 weeks. It will be easier once you narrow down a time line

Also I LOVE your username!! I loved BSC growing up haha

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

For getting the photos delivered, our photographer will give us all the shots (minus the obviously bad ones, like someone with their eyes closed or chewing food) in hi-resolution, fully edited for color, contrast, brightness, etc. on a flash drive.  We get the full rights to reproduce, print, share, etc. To me, having edited shots suitable for printing was very important, as we’re not ordering an album through our photographer.

Workout a rough timeline for the day and also start thinking of a list of “must have” pictures. You should also have a schedule of when payments are due.  For example, we paid 1/3 to book our photographer, will pay another 1/3 30 days before the wedding, and then the last 1/3 after we get our photos.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think the number of photos should be something you feel comfortable with.  My photographer promised us at least 500 during 8 hours, although I imagine it will be likely more – she gave us over 100 when we had our engagement shoot.  Usually they’ll underestimate the number, but just be sure you’ll have at least 300-500 for 8 hours.  Once in a while a Bee has ended up with only 200 or less over the years.  It pays to check.

As for what they’re wearing, it matters that they’ve got on something appropriate to the tone of your wedding.  I once attended a black tie wedding where the photographer was wearing jeans with a short sleeved black polo that had seen better days and had a huge leather strap of film around his chest that reminded me of Chewbacca in Star Wars.  Another wedding I saw a photographer who had on a pretty skimpy tank top with a bra that showed the entire time at a very conservative wedding.  It’s not so much that they have to be dressed a special way, just appropriate like any other wedding professional 🙂

 

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