Post # 1
This may sound silly, but I am really nervous about our first meeting with the photographer! I love his work and so want him to photograph my wedding, but I’m worried he’ll think (and I know this is silly) that I’m too fat or ugly and so he doesn’t want to have those photos in his portfolio. I also worry we won’t be interesting enough for him.
Anyone else having irrational fears??
Post # 3
HAHA don’t worry!!! It definitly is one of the most important vendors for the day!!! Make sure you go with a list of questions….here’s mine from when I interviewed ours (we interviewed 5 before choosing one)..
-Price packages (do the hours included include travel hours? are taxes included and are there fees?)
-Do packages come with engagement sessions? (most good photographers throw in the engagement shoot because it’s a way they can get to know the couple before the big day…it’s like a pre-shoot)
-Albums (this is very very important in my mind)…make sure you see samples, and know exactly which ones go with which package.
-Other accessories that come with it….thank you cards? slideshow? prints? makeup/hair? (my photographer’s wife is a makeup artist and they are going to do my make up for the entire day for free!!! They said that how we look in the pictures affect the outcome and therefore affects their product so they provide it…good concept eh?)
Other things to think about that I did not know until after all the interviews….
-What the photographer is wearing the day of the wedding….I was surprised when some of the photographers told me to ask this question…you don’t want a photographer that’s a bad dresser at your wedding…it will kind of ruin the theme…they should usually wear all black to be discreet.
-Parent books. I was sooo excited about this. Never knew what it was before….it’s basically a smaller version of your wedding album and is less expensive and smaller in size. You can buy them and give them to your parents as gifts so they can gloat to their friends =)
Hope that helped!!!!!! HAPPY PHOTOGRAPHER HUNTING!!
Post # 4
Ohh 2 other things….
-Do they have online site where guests can view photos after the wedding?
-Do they provide a full CD/digital copy of ALL photos taken that day? How many photos will they edit (like…NICE edit)?
Post # 5
I agree…make sure to ask how many they will do editing work on and give you rights to. We were under the impression ours would edit some and give us rights. They edited none and only gave us RAW images. Then, when they did editing for the album, they wouldn’t give us rights to those edited photos.
Also, ask how much prints will cost for you and any family members who want to buy them…and will that price include retouching. For ours the print prices were ridiculous and a 4×6 cost $8 and it wasn’t even edited (but needed to be a bit)! I had the RAW images, so why wouldn’t I just print at Costco for like 13 cents? They said their paper is better, but shoot…I’m sorry if something happens to my Costco print, I’ll pay another 13 cents and do it again!I thought it was so rude and unprofessional to not state it in the contract, but they weren’t willing to budge on the issue…so learn from my mistakes…be a stickler with that contract and make sure everything you agree on is CLEARLY writtin down!
Post # 6
As long as your photog is good you don’t need to worry about being "interesting" enough. 🙂 I was worried about the same thing. I felt that my hubby and I didn’t have a strong theme or niche that would come through on pics. I was worried we would bore the photog to death. Plus, our wedding was on a super tight, super small budget. My hubby is in school for his PhD and I work full time but we paid for the wedding on our own so it was not near as "grand" as most weddings I have seen. We kept it simple and chic. I had planned to get some pics between the ceremony and reception at a botanical garden in town but it had been rainy all day. In the end, the talent of Heidi, my photog, really saved the day. She was able to set up some great places to take pictures and she managed to find and capture beautiful moments during the wedding when life was just happening. A good photog can work with any subject and make the pics magical.
If you want to see a couple of my wedding pics: http://www.ourlaboroflovebyheidi.com/
Also, you being too fat or too ugly is an irrational fear. I bet you will be a beautiful bride. 🙂 Just relax!
And always ask to see pics from other weddings from start to finish so you can see what the photog did for the whole wedding and what you are likely to get as well. I asked our photog to see pics from a "budget" wedding so I could see what she did with the pics (like how did the budget flower and decor translate into pics). They looked just as amazing as her pics of a wedding in a grand vineyard.
Hope that helps!