Post # 17
OK I looked at her photos. I say she’s definitely good enough to book! Questions:
- What do your packages include?
- Do you have liability insurance?
- What kind of equipment do you typically bring with you on the day-of?
- Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
- Do you charge hourly or full day?
- Do you charge for travel?
- How soon after the event are the proofs ready for viewing?
- Do you reserve the right to publish the photos?
- Do you provide the digital files and/or negatives (or copies of the negatives) to the client?
- Will images be available for viewing online?
- What kind of albums do you offer?
- When will the client get the final album?
- do you keep digital copies for x years? (4+ years ideally [am I right bees?])
- do you require a meal? or a break for a meal?
- how many get edited?
- what types of editing do you do? What software?
- Are you good at directing lots of people? (esp. when families get together + alcohol + excitment = often chaos!)
- can you work under pressure & changes well? (ie drama, rain etc)
random: I know someone whos begining in the photography business and has the exact same webpage layout/template! nicolefaby photography.
- can we hire you all day? or what hours?
Post # 18
I’d also find out what kind of shots the photog. plans to take on the day. Photojournalistic? Traditional?
You can also ask how the photog. anticipates timing for the day. Can you set up an outline of important events together?
Post # 19
See if you can do engagement pics with her to get a feel for what working with her is like.
Post # 20
Just because her website has been recently launched does not mean that she is extremely new to photography. Many people do not instantly start a website the moment they start a business because a website in and of itself is a lot of work. She seems to have her own style and I’m sure the more practice she gets, she will only excel more.
I think it is a great idea to have a sit down meeting with her and feel out what her practices are like. Lots of bee’s have given you great questions to ask. Another good question would be to ask if she is familiar with your venue. If she is not possibly have some photos on hand to show her to give her a better feel of what she would be working with. Also, ask if she has any examples of the albums she would order (if you plan to purchase one) so that you can get a good feel for the quality of her photographs in printing and what kind of quality the album itself is. That reflects on the quality standards she holds her work to.
Post # 21
If she hasnt done any weddings how would she know what her style is. Im kind of nervous to book her, but her price is great. I guess I will meet with her and see how it goes.
Post # 22
Hmmm, looking over her web site, I can tell you this person is REALLY NEW. There are only two babies under her “baby” tab, one family portrait session under “family portraits” and a comparable amount of work for the couple other tabs so I’m guessing something like 10 shoots total? Usually I say, beyond a year or so of experience, it doesnt matter how long a person has been in business, as long as you love their work. But because she has never shot a wedding, I think you need to look with a more critical eye and should not be afraid to just ask her how many shoots she’s done and when she started her business. I also see a number of technical issues in her photographs, which I will not disclose on these public boards.
Obviously if you can afford someone with more experience, that’s my best advice, but if not, I suppose you have to work with what is in your budget and her work does have some potential. I think by the time of your wedding in 2011, her technical skill should have improved tremendously and you may have gotten a great deal on her services, but it’s like gambling and there is still a number of risks involved, one of which being that she may not even be in business still at that time. Also, some people improve rapidly and others never improve at all, maybe at least wait to see the results of a few more shoots? Best of luck!
Post # 23
Thanks so much! We can afford more but if we went with her I could put more money towards other things like getting a photobooth and more for our honeymoon, if you could PM me your thoughts on the errors that would be great!
Post # 24
Although I can agree with you on some of this. Just because her portfolio isnt complete doesn’t mean shes completely new. I know if I pick up new styles I weed through my photography and get rid of stuff that isnt coherent. I feel like she deserves some slack. She has some skill and an eye. Although going through her work she does have some technical flaws in editing. But she certainly shouldnt be shunned away.
Post # 25
Dear FutureMrsChaney, if your photos are not important, then you’re getting a good deal. If your photos are VERY important, I would look elsewhere.
I’ve heard enough horror stories from brides who were getting friends, family and someone else with a “nice” camera to shoot their wedding. I had plenty of brides coming to me requesting their pictures to be “re-touched” and fixed. I really hate to see anyone regretting their decisions after the sweetness of “cheap” has gone and all you left are photos that you will not like. So you are taking a chance, you might be really lucky, or not so much. Just ask yourself, do you want to be a “practice” target for someone starting out? If yes, by all means, go with it. Just make sure you don’t come back complaining and bashing your photographer because they failed to preform, for missing photos, for being less then you wanted them to be. After all, it was your decision to hire them. If you are OK with all that, then go for it.
Best of luck!
Post # 27
I’m not trying to bash her by any means, in fact I even said that if she improves her technical skill over the course of the next year, the OP could come away with a super deal on her services. And while I do the same thing, weeding out photos that are no longer up to my standards or dont fit my style, I’d NEVER leave it as bare bones as the amount that’s on her site knowing people will come to the conclusions that I just did.
I VERY HIGHLY doubt she has more work other than what she’s showing, but of course its easy enough for the OP to just ask her if she has more and then the question will be answered. Also, if you’re right and she’s not as new as I think she is, then the OP can’t really bank on her improving in those technical areas and I would caution very strongly against going with her. Taking a few photos of friends and family, and then marketing yourself as a portrait photog making the conversion to weddings to get bookings is pretty common for photographers starting out. Ethical, not particularly, but common, yes. And again, not saying she is doing this, just saying that photographers have been known to do this. Just my .02 🙂