7 Questions that could make ALL the difference!
I'd love to share some really helpful advice when planning your own wedding, I feel it's worth knowing sooner rather than later and could potentially save you from having a real nightmare.
So congratulations on taking the first step to making sure you pick the right photographer for yourself...which already is more than many unfortunate couples who wish they'd taken the time to check these 7 questions first.
Lets get to it shall we?!
1. Ask yourself first?
When meeting with your potential photographer take time to think how you feel around them, do you 'click'? (Excuse the pun). Do you feel relaxed & comfortable? Do you feel happy to ask them ANY questions? Do they make you feel at ease? Do they LISTEN to you and generally sound interested in what your plans are for your day? Do you UNDERSTAND each other?
Remember, they'll be around you, your family and guests on an important memorable day of yours.
2. Pricing, How much will they cost and what do you get for your investment?
Understandably this one is pretty high up in the list to think of, pricing really is all over the place when you shop around.
The most common thing I hear is "Never skimp on your photographer" which the majority of the time is true but always beware!
As a general rule of thumb most professionals will charge anywhere between £900 - £2000+ for a full days coverage, but there are also photographers that charge anything from £200 - £500+ for full day coverage too.
I'd say learning to spot the differences is the key. (Do they include any prints or an album etc)
Honestly it's difficult for me to say one thing or the other here as some cheaper photographers maybe fairly new and want to learn/gain experience which is reflected in the price and totally understandable.
That being said you can albeit rare, get some professional photographers who have been shooting weddings for 10+ years and have just lost the "spark" of imagination / creativity. Reflect back to question 1 when thinking about pricing.
3. Insurance & Contracts - Every professional should have insurance, do you have it?
Having liability and indemnity insurance is a bonus for both parties, you can have peace of mind if god forbid anything bad did go wrong.
Your money is safe and the photographer should keep multiple memory cards throughout the day so you'd still have photo's too.
Having a contract also keeps things on track so you know exactly what your investing in and is a hard copy for your records. It's worth keeping an eye on if your photographer hasn't gone through this with you.
4. What's your STYLE of photography?
Asking this question will really help you understand how your photographer takes the day in their stride, there are many different styles but the most common I often see is either traditional and formal or candid and story telling.
Personally over the years on my journey with wedding photography I have seen an increase with couples preferring a more relaxed candid approach rather than traditional "posing" photo's, with a candid relaxed style you can capture the day in it's natural state and then build a story throughout the day as the events unfold.
5. How long will it take until I get my photo's and how many do I get?
This can vary between each photographer so it's worth asking, typically I shoot around 1,500 - 2000 photo's during a wedding which you can imagine can take a long time to get through, especially in the peak of wedding season.
On average I personally try and get the images back to the newlyweds within 2 - 3 weeks and the amount is usually around 400 - 600 after going through them all. Some photographers also set a cap on how many you receive but most won't.
6. What if it RAINS?
Unfortunately this is obviously something that your photographer can't predict or promise you a sunny wedding, BUT if they are experienced enough they really can use the rain as an advantage and create some remarkable images.
I recommend keeping an eye on the weather forecast the week before and if it's looking a bit 50/50 purchase a few elegant umbrellas just in case the heavens open up whilst your outside.
Most importantly try and not let the weather get the better of you, either way you'll still be getting married and still be having a fantastic time with all the family and guests.
Enjoy the day as much as you can and embrace any minor hiccups with a brush off the shoulder and crack on having fun! After all the day really does fly past so fast.
7. Should I feed my photographer?
This really is completely up to you, myself like the majority of photographers I have met take a lunch and never expect to be fed.
Remember you'll most likely be paying out a sizeable amount for your guests to be 'wined and dined' already so adding to that could be a strain on your budget.
Don't feel bad if you decide not to, a professional will understand and be completely fine with it.
In some cases the venue themselves will dish something up for your photographer if they didn't bring a lunch, so they'll be fine either way.
As an additional 'bonus' question - Ask your photographer for recommendations.
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Thank you for taking the time to ready these 7 questions to ask your photographer, I really hope they help you whilst planning your big day!
I'd love to hear from you so please feel free to drop me a message!
Wishing you all the best, now go plan a fantastic wedding! 😀
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