Post # 1
Tomorrow I will be having a phone meeting with the photographer I’ve chosen to discuss my package and confirm our booking. She has a website listing her different packages, but due to a few different circumstances, I will have to use a custom package (which she is totally on board with). So far, I know what I want:
8 hours photography, to include:
- Getting ready shots
- Ceremony/Reception shots
- Family shots
All of her packages include an engagement shoot, which we will not be getting (mostly the reason I need a custom package instead), but is there anything else I’m missing?
Also, what should I be looking for in terms of getting pictures after? I know some photographers give you all the unedited pictures on a disc, some will give you edited ones, some only in RAW format, etc.
Finally, each of her packages includes a wedding album- the size depends on which of her packages you choose. I’m hoping to maybe replace the engagement shoot with an “upgraded” album, so for those of you who did get an album, what size did you get? (8×12 pages, 10×10 pages, etc.)
Are there any other questions you think I should ask her? I’ve obviously never booked a photographer before, so I want to make sure we’re both on the same page since pictures are important! 🙂
Post # 2
- 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
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
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
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 # 6
Thanks so much for the replies, everyone!
FutureMrsHouy: I’m not sure about a Bridal session…I was thinking of asking for that to replace the engagement pictures, but I’m really not someone who loves getting my picture taken- I’m fine for the wedding because there will also be a lot of candid shots taken, but just one on one posing with a photographer gives me a TON of anxiety!
Boxerlover24: Thats a great idea about the contingency plan! I know she has an assistant for brides who want a second photographer, so maybe that’s who she sends. Ill ask for sure. I’m also not sure if 8 hours will be long enough, since I want getting ready shots all the way to the reception. Maybe 10 hours would be better?
RedHeadKel: Thanks for the advice! Those are great questions, I’ll definitely make sure to get a timeline down in the contract.
Cappugcino: Excellent, I didn’t think of asking about photo sizes, thank you! How many photos do you think a “good” photographer should take? Also, why does it matter what she wears (not being snarky- this just never occured to me!)
Post # 7
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
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
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 🙂