(Closed) Photography Package MUSTS

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
42 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

Make sure that you have full rights to your pictures!!  And that you get that in writing in any contract that you sign.

Post # 4
635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

What photos are going to be used in a guestbook, if you’ve already had an engagement session with another photog?  Is this if you have a bridal session prior to the wedding?

All photos on a disc and permission to reproduce was super important to us.  Also, quick to respond to emails / phone calls, and very responsive was important for planning a stress free day!

Post # 5
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Not only do you need to get the rights to your images, you need them to be high rez edited versions.

Post # 6
73 posts
Worker bee

How you get along with them as a person! Depending on the timing the photog might be there while you put on your dress – so you want to be super okay with them being there when you do that. Hand in hand, communication is key, a photog could be really talented but if they don’t get you and what you’re looking for, that can be all for nothing.

Post # 7
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Even more so than when you’re getting dressed, they’re there by your side sometimes more than your groom!

They are then when your stressed, getting dressed, crying, laughing, fighting with someone, etc…. you really want to be OK to be around them for a long time… esp. since you want all day coverage!

Post # 8
255 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2004

Just a few thoughts–and I think it’s *great* that you’re this educated and organized. Anything that can prevent miscommunications is fantastic.

1. I second (third?) the comment about personality. If you don’t click, your photos might look forced, unnatural, etc. I love to laugh and have a blast with my clients. Your photos will show it!

2. Re: digital photos… If you ask for “full rights,” then you might wind up with an astronomical figure. I think what you’re looking for is limited rights–for prints, personal use, and sharing. “Full rights” means that the photographer signs over everything to you, and you are then free to sell or commercially publish the images. This is not what most brides want, and is WAY more expensive than limited rights.

3. Re: black and white conversion… I know everyone does it differently, but I do my b&w conversions in Lightroom, and individually adjust exposure, black levels, vibrance, etc., etc. for each image (or set of similar images). This is time-consuming, but I wouldn’t want to run a simple “greyscale” action on every image–I’d wind up with some very blah black and whites. If you want quality b&ws, it’s a lot more effort on the photogs part (think completely re-processing each image) and might be worth negotiating an additional fee (but I’d ask about his/her process first).

4. Full-day coverage… Usually this means about eight hours, even if the photographer misses the very end of reception. That is a LONG day on your feet, and eight hours is usually more than enough. There are only so many pics of your drunk uncle trying to do the worm that you can include in your album! (Just a thought… limiting it to eight hours might save you a little $$$ and be more than enough coverage.)

5. I would absolutely recommend doing your engagement session (or some other session) with your actual wedding photographer as sort of a test run for personality and images. If you’re working with a larger studio, don’t be afraid to make sure it’s the same person.

6. Get a clear estimate of when to expect blog and images (online gallery v. album v. prints) so that you’re not frustrated waiting for your pictures (and you’ll know when to send an appropriate follow-up email, if necessary).

7. Make sure there’s a clear contract.


Wow. Holy unsolicited advice. Hope there was *something* helpful in there!

Post # 10
255 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2004

My pleasure! I’m so glad it was useful. I kind of looked back over my post and felt like it kind of went beyond what you asked for, and not necessarily in a good way!

And, yeah, to clarify, limited rights will still be expensive; the photographer is essentially giving up and sales s/he would have otherwise made from those photos. But *full* rights are just crazy-expensive, and I doubt that too many people actually want them.

Good luck and, again, I think it’s fantastic that you’re so educated and thoughtful about this!

Post # 11
74 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

One other suggestion that I have is to pick a photographer that you can grow with.  I searched carefully for a photographer until I found someone who 1). Was my style – I love more of a photo journalizm approach & 2). I could get along with.  Once I found the right one, she and I formed a bond.  From my engagement pictures, to sharing my big day together, we clicked.  She became my only choice for photography.  Then we grew together.  As events happened in my life, she was there to capture them…my baby shower, newborn pictures, my house warming party after I had built my house…etc.

My husband passed away in 2007, and she was there for me during that tragic event too, even provided me with the pictures for the newspaper obituaries, and of pictures for a memory table at the funeral. 

I think it’s important to find someone who you like their style – both with pictures and personality…that way, they can be there to capture all of the important events that your promising future is going to hold!

Best of luck to you!

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