Post # 1
Hi bees! Researching photographers is making my head hurt… so many options, so overwhelming. We are planning from out of town and setting up skype or phone meetings with photogs that we like– I figure we should at least talk outside of email.
… but what do I ask?? I already have pricing info. What did you ask your photographer (or candidates)?
Post # 3
@Almost Mrs.P: The two biggest factors in my experience in getting photos that you love are 1) loving the work of the photographer, and 2) loving the photographer. That might sound a little cheesy, but the more passionate you are about your photographer, the harder they will work for you. They really should be someone you can be friends with. You need to feel comfortable, trust them, and hang out with them on arguably one of the most important days of your life. Now I’m not going to suggest that it’s not something you may be able to feel 100% about after just a 30-minute to an hour meeting on Skype. But you should be excited about them like you’d be excited about a new friendship.
The meeting should really be a more “get to know you” sort of thing than an interview. Here are a few other things that are important.
– I’m big on hiring full time professionals. When we had full time jobs and did this on the weekend we thought we were offering a high level of service, but our capacity increased ten fold when we went full time.
– Business liability insurance is a must.
– Backups of all critical gear is a must. Don’t get caught up in what brand or model number camera they have. It’s the end result that matters.
– You should know what they deliver. Photographers have different ideas on editing and retouching, and you should know what to expect in terms of post production.
– You should have an idea on when they deliver their product, and how it’s going to be delivered.
Finally a lot of people get caught up in stuff, comparing packages and what comes with them. The most important thing is getting the best photographer to cover your event. You can alway find someone who is cheaper and offers more stuff. If you don’t love the photos you won’t love the stuff.
Post # 4
Here is an article we used when interviewing. I thought it was very helpful!
Top 10 Things You Should Ask a Wedding Photographer Before You Book Them