(Closed) Question about booking the photographer

posted 5 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MarriedtoMedSchool:  Definitely meet with them if you can – make sure you feel comfortable with them and like their personality. But more importantly, make sure to look at some of their FULL weddings on their blog (not just random images in a portfolio) and you should really fall in love with the way they tell a wedding story. 

Post # 5
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469 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MarriedtoMedSchool:  I would suggest doing your homework online and finding ones that suit your liking as far as their photography styles and such first before anything. Then call to find out pricing and such if they don’t have that listed online. Pick your top three and definitely meet for a consultation. They should bring some examples of their work and be able to discuss everything in detail more. You mainly wan’t to meet with them first though just to decide which one you think you will get along with best as you want to feel as comfortable with them as possible the day of your wedding. But I would definitely say to meet with at least three and then make your decision from there. I would also suggest after you’ve made your decision to do engagement pics first so you get more of a chance to get to know your photographer before the big day and you Fiance gets to meet them as well! I wish I would have done this but waited too long! But anyways hope that helps!

Post # 6
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484 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MarriedtoMedSchool:  No problem! I have tons of advice on this, but I’m typing on my phone now…. please feel free to PM me if you need any specific suggestions or opinions on particular photogs. 🙂

Post # 7
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263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

I would rather have the couple set the reception and church before contacting me. Sometimes they are set on a date, and I might have it. Then they change the date, and I don’t have it… It’s just a waste of time for all of us. 

If you book a photographer before settling down on the date, and you have to change it later on, you might lose the deposit you put down.

Post # 8
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1848 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Here’s what I did:

– Looked up and down for a photographer that fit our style

– Emailed the photographers to feel out how they respond to us

– Set up meetings with the ones we felt we connected with

– Met wherever to speak with them and look at their wedding albums

– Weeded out the ones with no/”off” personalities (sorry – it’s a big deal for us) and/or horrible albums/portfolios

– Looked closely at their online weddings/blogs

It took over a month for us to choose, but this way was the best way to know we had picked the right one.

Our photographer took us in even though we didn’t have a venue at the time, though we had our date set in stone, rain or shine. We now have a venue and we have a flexible, awesome photographer.

Post # 9
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739 posts
Busy bee

Here is a great post that goes over which questions you should ask and some of the terminology used by photographers. http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/advice-for-photographer-shopping#axzz2Owi2RMX8

Before you start the process you should look at all types of wedding photography {pineterest is good for that} so you have an understanding of what you like and don’t like. THEN, start searching for photographers in your area that provide that same style. DO NOT ASSUME that hiring a good photographer you can ask them to shoot in the style you like. It doesn’t work like that. You need to find one that you can see your wedding within their photos.

Ask friends/family that have been married for recommendations as well. Ask them what they would have done different, etc.

Good luck!!

Post # 10
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1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

Most of the advice thus far as been decent, although whoever said call them for pricing – nah don’t do that unless that’s what their website is asking you to do.

1. Have a firm date.

2. Give the photographer 48 hours to respond back to you before eliminating them. Don’t expect to hear back from anyone on a weekend.

3. If they do respond with pricing outside of your range have the courtesy to respond back.  Professional photographers in metro areas are going to start anywhere from $2500-4000.  Not everyone has pricing on their website and that’s very normal.

4. Try to meet in person or Skype with a photographer you’re hiring to make sure your personalities are a good fit.

Post # 11
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1585 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

My two suggestions:

1) Look at a few FULL albums of something in the same setting as you (indoors, outdoors, rooftop, etc). Any photographer looking to get new customers will share a few albums with you to show their work.

2) Make sure your photography package has the copyrights to your pictures. Without them, you will always have to pay the photographer to print or reproduce anything. This even extends to things like facebook, if your photographer is someone who is going to nitpick.

Post # 12
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1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@MrsFutureG:  Huge difference between copyright and print releases.  Professional weding photographers will not (except for additional charges) release their copyrights to you.  You DO NOT need a copyright unless you intend to sell the photos for profit.  What you do need is a print release/agreement that allows you to take the photos to a lab of your choice for personal printing.  There also should be some language in the contract as to what is acceptable use of the images online.

Post # 13
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1585 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@continuumphotography:  Yes this. Listen to her, not me! Still, be sure to get SOMETHING that lets you print your own photos!

Post # 14
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1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@MrsFutureG:  It should all be spelled out in the contract, but yes this is an important point.  

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