What questions to ask a photographer?

posted 3 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
2057 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

1. “What is the best candid moment you have ever caught on camera?”
2. “How long is the processing wait time?”
3. “Would you prefer to eat at a separate table or with the guests during reception?” (Most photogs would say they would prefer to eat at one of those tall standing tables as sitting down with guests can be very distracting)



Post # 4
550 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

well, since she doesn’t do weddings, she probably won’t know what questions to ask YOU! 

for an inexperienced photographer…i’d say you’ll be ok given your non-photo priority if 1) you’re having an outdoor ceremony NOT at sunset…(later in the day means you’ll be dealing with backlit photos…which are much prettier, if you’re used to exposing for it on the fly…) 2) you’re not having a night time reception. 

shooting weddings is a different mindset and requires practice and experience to be comfortable with it. you know this photographer and like her…and that counts for something. if her price is right, then you could collaborate and learn together. learning to shoot in low light is difficult…and if you use someone who isn’t practiced in it, just expect that you won’t get creative flash work and may have some grainy/underexposed images. if photography isn’t your main priority and the price is right and you like the photographer’s work overall…go for it. 

when just starting out, photographers may ask for comprehensive lists…which will make both of you feel crazy. 😀 give her a list of family photos you want, and tell her you trust her to capture things as she sees them/as they happen. (if you have a few key things you want to MAKE SURE she gets…mention those.)

definitely ask for a time frame for when you’ll get the disc. make sure you get a contract. (you can both google for sample wedding photographer contracts.) 

ask if she has a backup camera or one she can borrow in case of equipment failure…

this is a good start…make sure you’re comfortable with the price to risk ratio. 😀

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