Post # 1
I’ll be having a phone consultation this afternoon with a photographer that I think we’d like to book. This is a substitute for an in-person meeting because we are in different states. I’ve corresponded by e-mail with him and we’ve discussed his style and prices in detail.
Is there anything in particular that I should ask? What did you ask any photographers with whom you met?
What is he going to ask me? We just chose our date and venue this week, so we don’t have many details worked out yet.
These many be silly questions, but talking on the phone makes me severely anxious, and I like to have a plan in my head beforehand.
Post # 3
You may want to check out this list:
It has 20 questions you should ask your photog. In addition to those, I would probably ask if he/she has ever shot at the location of the wedding, what they would do if they are unable to show up, and do they have backup equipment.
Post # 5
- how long will we have to wait for the photos after the wedding?
- will they be posted online?
- what rights will we have of them?
- can we make our own prints?
- will you make us a book/ can we make our own?
- pricing of all prints
- how much do extra shooters cost?
- how many/what % of the shots will be edited?
- will you keep them backed up for X years just incase something happens?
- how many hours are the packages for?
- do you require a deposit?
- how do you want the final payment – day before, day of?
- do you require a meal at the reception?
- have you worked with videographers? – they have to compete for “the shot”
- do you know the venue?
other things they’ll want to know:
- what time to start/end
- any church/ceremony photo restrictions
- size of wedding party
- rainy day plan – very important when it’s close to the day!
Post # 6
I get really anxious on the phone too, so having a cheat sheet like the one mentioned above in front of my really helped me to make sure all of my questions were answered.
If you won’t be meeting with him until the day of, I’d ask him if he could come a little earlier than scheduled so that you can get a little more comfortable having him around before he starts shooting (If he’s not shooting you shouldnt have to pay him as much if at all) Mine came 30min early to get an eye for shots and lighting and it made me feel more comfortable just chatting with her in person without a camera in my face. I think most would do this.
Post # 7
This is good advice above. I was an out-of-town bride myself and booked our photographer sight-unseen on the phone. It’s important to be comfortable with their photos on their website or blog — and if you can’t see them (they don’t have many posted) it’s important to see an entire wedding’s photos and most photographers have electronic proofs on a website. Ask to see it and when looking at those photos think that it’s your wedding and ask yourself: do I like these for my wedding? Would I be ok with the quality?
I wrote a little bit about my experience and what I thought was important to look at on my blog: http://buffaloniagarabride.blogspot.com/2010/02/choosing-our-photographer.html