- 8 years ago
- Wedding: May 2010
I’ve read SO many stories on here where brides are happy with their photographer until they get their photos back. Your photographer is working for you & sometimes they don’t fully know what you want. Its good to meet with your potential wedding photographer & go over some of these things BEFORE you book them:
How do they backup their files? IMPORTANT! If something bad happens, you’ll have NO wedding photos for your wedding. So check that your photographer does this!
Ask to see an ENTIRE wedding they’ve done before you book them. All photographers will have great pics out of the hundreds/thousands of photos they take of weddings. You don’t want to see just their best of the best, you want to see how well they captured the entire day.
Ask the photographers what style they specialize in & know what style you like. Do they shoot in a more traditional/posed style & you really like artsy & candids (unposed)? Its hard for a photographer to shoot in a style that’s not theirs. Some photographers will still try a different style, but their work may not be as good as usual.
Tell your photographer the important parts you want photographed at your wedding. Some people don’t want many reception photos while, to others, the reception is a HUGE deal. So let your photographer know what you’re wanting so they’re not off photographing other people when your Maid/Matron of Honor is giving her speech. It helps to give them a timeline of how your wedding will play out.
Do you like heavily edited or natural pics? You can usually tell how much they edit from their portfolio, but if you like more natural looking photos & they heavily edit them, than you won’t be as happy. OR Do they edit/touch up all photos? I’ve heard of brides getting their photos back where all people have redeye & most of the photos aren’t edited. So ask how much editing they’ll do. ~~ If you got your wedding pics back & need edits, I’ll do them free for 1 Bee, just PM me :). ~~
Make sure you GET ALONG with your photographer! It can make things awkward if you have opposing personalities & you just clash & don’t get along. Usually you can tell just by meeting them.
What ifs? Ask your photographer if they have a backup in case they’re not able to attend your wedding. What if they get sick or have to go out of town?
Your contract… make sure you get a contract from your photographer when you give them a deposit. I recommend doing the smallest amount you have to put down until you get your epics back. Maybe you’ll strongly dislike your epics & decide you want to go with a different photographer… but you’ve already given them all your money, it may be hard to get it back. Usually its not the case, but I’ve heard it happen on WB.
Have a small budget? (& by that I mean a few hundred), try craigslist for student photographers or go to your local art school/college & post flyers. You can get AMAZING work done by students for a lot less than pros. However, you usually get what you pay for… some students are better than pros & some are definately students & not as professional. But, don’t rule students out!
If you got your photos back & don’t love them, something is missing, etc… PLEASE talk with your photographer about it nicely! If you’re rude, mean, & talk badly about them because of that, they may not work with you. Your photographer wants you to be happy, so they’ll do as much as they can to ensure that.
Photographers live by referrals (at least most do), so if you LOVE your photographer, write a good review & recommend them to others. If there were things that were pretty bad, write a review so other brides are aware (this is after you’ve settled or tried to settle things with your photographer).
If any other brides or photographers have anything to add, helpful tips for others, than please feel free to comment :).