Notebooks at the ready ladies, you’ll want to jot these questions to ask a wedding photographer down…
How would you describe your style?
Some wedding photographers specialise in taking natural, unobtrusive shots from the sidelines, others are experts in bossing guests into shape.
Ideally you want a mixture of the two, but definitely someone you have met before.
Before you even dream of handing over the cash, meet with your potential tog face-to-face and ensure you get on and feel relaxed in their company.
This person will be with you on the most special and intimate day of your life, so you need to feel happy having them around.
Can you describe the package?
Ask what’s included in the complete package – does it include prints? An album? A pre-wedding shoot?
Also some good questions to ask a wedding photographer are when do they expect to be paid.Usually they require a substantial deposit, if not the whole amount, before the big day.
Remember photographers select their very best pictures to use in their portfolios, so always ask to see a complete set from one wedding. This will give you a better idea of the package you’ll receive and their capabilities in all situations as a photographer.
What happens if it rains?
A good photographer will discuss alternative photo opportunities beforehand and bring studio lighting just in case you have to shoot indoors.
Don’t be disheartened if it rains, though, If you have some bridal umbrellas and a funky pair of wellies, head outside and go with the flow!
Will I own the copyright?
This can be confusing, so make sure you double-check your specific photographers rules about this.
Some packages include the rights to reproduce photographs and others do not. Most photographers retain the copyright themselves, so you have to pay them for extra copies.
If the photographer is giving you the copyright in their package, this may mean their overall price is slightly increased.
Do you have an assistant?
One of the least asked but very important questions to ask a wedding photographer, an assistant can make your photographer’s job easier, and some assistants take additional shots, too, giving you more choice at the end of the day.
You may have to pay extra, but we think it’s worth it.
“I had two photographers on the big day,” says Editor Rachel. “It was a husband and wife team from the Owl and the Pussycat. Jill captured me getting ready, while John photographed my husband. They are some of the best shots from the wedding day, so I’m glad they were both there to capture the memories.”
Will you need a hot meal?
If your photographer will be with you all day, make sure he/she is fed and watered.
They don’t need a seat at the actual wedding breakfast, but your venue’s co-ordinator will be able to free up a room where suppliers can base themselves throughout the day.