(Closed) What do I ask???

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
Member
383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

~will you receive a cd with all images?

~how many shooters?

~how much for extra hours?

~references?

~payment schedule?

~style?

Post # 4
Member
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2003

I’m a full-time wedding photographer and these are the things I consider most important to finding great photos for your wedding…

1. Can you see some full, beginning to end weddings? The more he/she offers the better they are. Also, the more recent the full weddings are the better idea you have that he/she is consistent. Great photographers are consistent photographers and consistent photographers tend to have full weddings from their last 5 or so weddings.

2. Do you click with your photographer??? This day is all about you feeling great! There are pleanty of great photographers out there but only a handful that you feel you wouldn’t mind having a coffee with… you know what I mean? 

3. Don’t get sold on the rhetoric. Many brides focus on buzzwords like "candid" and "photojournalism" and forget to pay attention to what’s most important… a consistent portoflio! There are legitimate photographers who let their couples know that they are photojournalistic or candid by nature, but there are so many that claim these titles (because they know it’s what bride want to hear) that you have to look at the pictures more than you listen to what some photographers call themselves. Remember, if you like the photos, who cares if someone calls them traditional or candid, right? 

So, make sure you 1) love his/her complete work, 2) you feel like you can have fun with him/her, and 3) that you let the photos – not the sales techniques – do the selling. Everything else is secondary.

Hope that helps!

Bobby Earle

http://www.bobbyearle.com

p.s. here’s a couple ideas of what I mean by full weddings… you’re photographer should have no trouble with showing you stuff like this 🙂

http://www.bobbyearle.com/whitewedding

http://www.bobbyearle.com/thailandweddings 

Post # 5
Member
84 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2007 - Ceremony at a cement and stained glass cathedral and reception at a boutique hotel ballroom

I think the most important is clicking with the photog’s personality. We loved just talking over dinner with our photographers and this made us more comfortable on the wedding day. Also, if it’s important to you, ask what the range of # of pictures you will receive. I’ve found it ranges from 400 to 1000 with different photogs. You should definitely ask to see a gallery of full weddings in different budget ranges. A great photog can capture a 10K wedding just as weel as he/she would a 60K wedding.

Good luck!

Post # 6
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2293 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I also think that its soooo important to really feel comfortable with your photographer.  You should also pay attention to what your photographer asks you… about the venue, about your schedule, about what is important to you about your day and the photos of your day.  He/she really needs to understand your personality and values in order to satisfy you, and if it doesn’t feel as if he’s trying to do that, or willing to take the time to do that, he’s not the right photographer for you.

You should also ask whether you get his full day reserved (or just the hours you actually pay for – in other words, is he doing another wedding that morning?), and whether sessions before and/or after are included.  Our photographer offered either or both, at our venue or another location, as we really want outdoor pictures and our wedding date and time (4:30 pm in July) is not particularly great for that.  It’s also nice to know whether he has worked at your venue before – and if not, will he take the time to scope out the venue prior to your event.

You will also want to know pricing for albums, and various prints (we really like the canvas prints).  And whether all images or only selected images will be retouched.

Post # 7
Member
735 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

if you’re sick who will sub?

have you shot at my location?

do you have samples from my location?

how much is overtime? will you tell me when it gets to that point?

do you have back-up equipment?  if so what is it?

are the packages "set in stone" or can we swap a few things?

do you have lighting equipment?

whats mroe important, getting that great shot but being in the way or respecting the ceremony and missing out? 

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