Photography is an extremely important part of your wedding planning
. Once the big day is over, you will want your memories preserved for a lifetime. Perfect Wedding Guide expert Susan Southerland offers ten critical questions to ask your wedding photographer
to make sure you get exactly what you want.
Question #1: What do you consider your photography style to be?
Photojournalistic pictures have become very popular. The photographer captures events as they happen without a lot of posing. Some people prefer more traditional photographs where most of the photos taken are posed. Many photographers now combine both styles very well. Familiarize yourself with the different types of photography before you go shopping so you know what style you like.
Question #2: Do you shoot color, black and white, or both?
When photography was exclusively shot on film, photographers had to carry multiple cameras to capture people and events in both color and black and white. Now with digital photography, everything can be shot in color and converted to black and white. Some people say that the artistry of the black and white photo is lost in the conversion. If black and white photography is important to you, you should make sure you love the finished product whether it is shot with film or digitally.
Question #3: Do you bring an assistant or second photographer?
Some wedding photographers
will bring second shooters with them while others only bring someone to carry gear. Make sure you know which you are getting.
Question #4: Do you work well with videographers?
Videography is an important part of preserving memories. Some photographers work well with them, others find them intrusive. If you want both a photographer and a videographer (which I highly recommend) make sure your photographer is aware and happy.
Question #5: Do you correct your photos?
With digital photography most wedding photographers
can fix their photographs. They will take out imperfections, hide some wrinkles and blemishes, and maybe even get rid of a double chin. Find out if your photographer has that capability and if they charge extra for the service.
Question #6: Will the photographer give you a high-resolution cd of your images?
Some photographers will willingly hand over the rights to your photos so you can have copies printed at will, while others prefer you to purchase your reprints directly with them. Find out your potential photographer’s policy prior to signing a contract.
Question #7: Are you willing to have input on the photos that we want?
Some wedding photographers
will gladly work with a shot list while others will not. If you have specific photos that you want taken, make sure your photographer is happy to accommodate your requests.
Question #8: Are you the actual photographer who will be shooting on my wedding day?
If the answer is no, make sure you see your actual photographer’s work. Photography is an art form; no two eyes are exactly alike. You don’t want any surprises.
Question #9: Are you familiar with my ceremony/reception site?
If the answer is no, would he be willing to do a site visit to learn about the rules and to scout out the best photo locations?
Question #10: What comes in my photography package?
Photographers charge many different ways. Some charge a shooting fee and then give credit towards an album others have a complete package that includes shooting time, photos and an album. When making comparisons, make sure you know what you are getting.Image courtesy of Gretchen B Photography