Planning your wedding is great fun and very exciting. When it comes to selecting a wedding photographer you are most likely thinking about all of the beautiful images they are going to take on the day. Below are some important questions (along with my answers) that you may want to consider asking your wedding photographer. This will help you decide if they are the right person to photograph your big day.
How many weddings will you shoot on our wedding day?
It’s important to know if your photographer will be exclusively shooting your wedding on the day or if they will be involved in more than one. If they will be shooting another wedding that day, be sure to ask them how much time they are allowing between weddings and what time they will arrive to start photographing your day.
My Answer: Just one – it’s YOUR day!
Do you work from a set shot list and can I request certain shots?
Some photographers have a list of shots they will always make sure they take at a wedding. However, if you would prefer to select your own poses, group shots or locations then just ask your photographer who will let you know how this can fit into their process.
My Answer: I will take candid (un-posed/natural) pictures throughout your day to capture the events as they unfold, with some guidance if/as and when required. I am also able to take formal (posed) photographs but would require a list of who you would like in these photographs 7 days before the wedding.
When will you start shooting on my wedding day?
This can depend on the package your photographer offers but you need to clarify at what point or time in the day they will start taking photographs. For example, if your wedding photographer doesn’t shoot bridal preparations in the morning and you really want this captured then you may need to look elsewhere.
My Answer: The time I start shooting will mainly be dictated by your overall plans for the day. It will essentially be based on the package you choose (I do offer bespoke packages to suit all requirements). For example, a package which includes bridal preparation would mean that I would be there as early as you wished to ensure that those ‘getting ready’ moments are all captured.
How long will it take to receive images of the wedding?
Whether it’s days, weeks or a matter of hours, your wedding photographer should be able to tell you when you can expect to see some images of your day. Undoubtedly you will want to have a few shots to send to your family and friends or post on Facebook quite quickly.
My Answer: I aim to send you a selection of shots within a couple of days, with the fully edited disk or USB stick arriving with you within 14 days.
How will I receive my images?
Some photographers prefer to send you photographs direct whilst others will display them on a dedicated client area for you to view.
My Answer: I will send you a fully edited disk or USB stick with your photographs on it. Once you have received this and are happy with the images, I will then post the pictures on my website under my Client Area so your friends and family can view and purchase them if required. This area is password protected so only people you give the password to can view them.
Can I get a wedding album from you?
As an additional service, some photographers can have wedding albums made up for you so that your amazing wedding pictures are all presented in a beautiful album that you can show off to family and friends when they come to visit.
My Answer: I offer wedding albums at an additional cost to my standard packages. Please get in touch about albums to find out more!
How much is the deposit and when is the balance due?
Most photographers will require a booking deposit to secure their services for your date. The amount of this will vary from photographer to photographer. I simply ask you for a 25% deposit at the time of booking and then the remaining balance is due 4 weeks before the date of your wedding.
You may have other questions you want to ask your photographer about your day. This could include how many shots you will receive, the cost of getting physical prints and how they will work with your venue. The most important thing is to make sure that you ask your photographer as many questions as you can. That way you select a photographer who you feel comfortable with and who will fit in with your wedding plans. They will then be able to capture all the beautiful wedding photos you desire, creating images you can keep forever. To find out more about my approach to wedding photography take a look at the about page. For details of the packages we offer see the packages page or please feel free to get in touch to discuss meeting up in person.