(Closed) Meeting with a photog today. What should I ask them?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

Ask everything.  You want to have a good idea of what they will and won’t do and how they operate.  How much direction do they give?  How long does it take to get proofs?  Will you be able to get your images via CD/DVD?  Do they work with an assistant or second shooter?  Etc, etc.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

Ask to see an entire book of proofs. The pictures they put on their website and hang in their studio are obviously their best shots. Looking at an entire wedding of shots, start to finish, is the best way to see their work.

Also, one of the reasons I chose my photographer was because he said he has no problem wrangling up two loud families, and he’d also tell me if I needed powder, or anything else.

Ask if he/she is familiar with your venue, or has ever shot there before.

If you really want to get into it, you can ask about their equipment (I really wanted a good lens for bokeh), what happens if they are sick or have an emergency the day of (do they have a network of replacements), and do they have extra equipment in case something breaks.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

I’ll copy and paste the list of questions we used. It was a compilation from websites I’d saved, magazine articles, and the big wedding books. Some questions might be a little repetitive.

 

Where did you go to school?
Why did you decide to do wedding photography? What draws you to it?
Artist statement
How long have you been doing photography and/or wedding photography?
What style of photography do you prefer? (i.e. photojournalistic or posed)
How independent is the photographer? Do you prefer that that we describe exactly what we want, or would you rather be given free rein to capture the festivities on film in the way you see it?
Do you shoot film, digital, or both?
What kind of equipment do you use?
Do you shoot in black and white, color, or mix?
What sort of flash do you use? (Diffuse, scatter, bounce)
Do you bring an assistant, second shooter, or both?
What will the assistant do?
Back-up plan? (Illness, equipment breaking, time constraints, etc.)
Is the full day open? (Rehearsal dinner avail, etc.)
How many hours are included in the package?
What is the rate for extra hours?
Is there a limit to the number of photos that you take?
How many pictures can I expect to see?
Do you shoot in RAW or JPG?
Processing? How much editing/photoshopping? How do you go about editing, process, etc? (Actions, each done, etc.)
Do we get digital negatives?
Is film included in the price, and is it limited to a certain number of rolls?
Is film processing included in the price
How soon after the wedding will we get proofs?
Are proofs part of the package or do they cost extra?
Will the proofs be posted online, delivered, or do we pick them up?
Is an album included? How many photos are included as part of the package?
How much do prints cost? How much do additional prints cost?
Watermarks?
What do you focus on in the wedding? Bride and groom? Wedding party? Everybody in the wedding? Location?
What is your philosophy when shooting the wedding?
Do you do formal portraits? (aka some traditional)
Are you willing to follow a shot list?
Are the prints on archival quality paper?
Will there be a way to share photos online?
Will guests be able to order prints directly?
Will you stand by the quoted fees, even if you raise your rates before the wedding?
Do you bring lighting?
How many photographers do you think we need for the wedding?
What are the album choices?
Who owns the copyright to the photos? How long do you keep the negatives?
Will you visit the ceremony and reception sites beforehand?
Who gets the photography guidelines from the church?
Ask for a couple of references
Engagement stuff?
Is there a minimum order for prints?
Packages?
How do you determine price?
How much of a deposit is required to hold the date?
When is the balance due?
What is the cancellation policy?

Post # 8
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15 posts
Newbee

Well-the best think to do-I would recommend that you randomly pick one image you like from her wedding portfolio and ask her to see ALL of the images from that wedding πŸ˜€ …in case she will start using excuses as “well…I shoot so many weddings it would take a long time to find it/pull it out πŸ™ “…etc..etc… you know right away there is something wrong! I normally show portfolio (on 42” LCD connected to my computer) of about 300-500 best wedding images I ever took and I ask the Bride to pick any of the image she like-than I pull out that particular wedding and I show her all of the images I shoot πŸ˜€ This is the ONLY way you can see if the photographer qualify to call herself/himself a “photographer” πŸ˜€ 

As one of my friend well photographer said

“In today’s market, there are many “photographers” to select from. Keep in mind that in today’s digital era of photography every person who got himself camera equipment for over $2000 consider himself being a “photographer”…so be aware that quality and service will vary even more than price. The “good deal” you get on on photography will be forgotten long before the disappointment wears off. A camera doesn’t make someone a photographer any more than my authentic team jersey makes me an athlete. Remember also that when you buy art, it’s for how it makes you feel, and not for the cost of the supplies to make it. A million dollar Picasso may only have a few dollars worth of paint and canvas. Of all your wedding day investments, only two last a lifetime, your ring and your photography.”

Wish you best of luck πŸ˜€

Mark

Post # 9
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15 posts
Newbee

There is not a lot of photographers out there to really "click" the right moment…here you can see the sample of perfect moment from European wedding I shoot 5 years ago πŸ˜€

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