You only get one chance to capture that perfect wedding photo.
Actually, that’s not strictly true. The average wedding photographer (though who in their right mind wants just an AVERAGE wedding photographer?) will take thousands of photos spanning your entire wedding day, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that, whatever happens, you’ll at least have some decent photos.
Because that’s not always the case…
(FYI, searching “Bad wedding photos” on the internet leads to a vast treasure trove of awfulness. I heartily recommend you give it a try!)
If you want those perfect wedding photos, you’re going to have to do some
Seek recommendations, browse internet sites and visit wedding fayres. Find a wedding photographer whose photos make you do this face:
So, you’ve got a wedding photographer whose photos make your face light up.
There’s a great way to make your guests faces light up, while you’re having your photos taken and that’s by booking a fabulous wedding magician to keep them happy and laughing (I had to get a plug in SOMEWHERE!)
You want perfect wedding photos, don’t you?
In which case, you’re going to have to do some work with your wedding photographer. You have to tell them what you want, why you want it and get their input on your ideas.
Wedding photographers know what they’re doing. They’ve done it before, so ask their advice. Listen to what they say. If they suggest that holding a watermelon at groin level is a bad idea, listen to them!
“OK, so you’ve convinced me to ditch the watermelon idea. What questions SHOULD I be asking my wedding photographer to make sure I get the perfect wedding photos?”
Good question. Thankfully, the lovely folks at Your Perfect Wedding Photographer have created a handy infographic to give you some ideas. Asking a few of these questions will give you the peace of mind you need for your wedding photos.
Here’s the infographic:
13 Crucial Questions To Ask Your Wedding Photographer Infographic
Here’s a few of the main points from the infographic:
“How long will it take to get my photos?”
(You may want to ask this question in a slightly less aggressive fashion.)
It’s important to know when you’re going to get the photos ahead of time as every wedding photographer works differently.
If you’re expecting a fully glossy album within ten minutes of walking down the aisle, you may need to lower your expectations. Similarly, if you’re one week away from your Golden wedding anniversary and you’ve still not heard anything, you may want to give them a quick “any developments” type email…
Some photographers are quite happy to send you some images via email fairly quickly – as a sweetener to keep you happy, while other wedding photographers prefer to keep you in suspense and wait for the entire album to be ready.
The most important thing is to make sure you’re on the same page with your photographer so that you know when you can expect to receive your wedding photos, as you’ll probably need to buy 1,253 boxes of tissues.
“What does your package include?”
You may want to ask this in a less double entendre-ish manner.
You need to be absolutely certain you know which parts of your day the photographer is going to cover.
DO NOT ASSUME ANYTHING.
Be very clear about when she is going to arrive and when she is going to leave. Most wedding photographers have a clear start and end point, such as “I’ll leave after the first dance”. This is far more helpful than having a wedding photographer say, “I’ll be at the evening do, for ‘a bit’…”.
Be absolutely clear about what parts of the day the wedding photographer is going to be there for.
“How much will it be for a second shooter?”
I know that this sounds like the kind of question you’d ask a hitman, just to make sure that your mother in law is eliminated, but it isn’t.
It CAN be, but it isn’t usually.
Wedding photographers often have a second shooter – someone helping them, taking photos from different angles, editing on the fly, reloading memory cards etc.
Logic would tell you that the price of having two photographers would be exactly double the price of having one, logic would be wrong. The second shooter is often a less experienced wedding photographer, who can still take fabulous photos, working under the main photographer. Because they are less experienced, they are often much cheaper to tag onto the wedding photography package, so you might as well ask.
Can you think of any other questions you would like to ask a wedding photographer that aren’t mentioned in the infographic? If so, please post them below in the comments.
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Or, you may not. 🙂
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