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5 Questions To Ask Wedding Photographers

Interviewing a wedding vendor is as imperative as the wedding day of an engaged couple.  Couples invest a substantial amount of time and effort into planning a wedding, that they will want every vital moment captured for their photo album.  Engaged couples need to be thoroughly familiar with their selected photographers by asking detailed questions about the vendor's business.   This article shares Grand Lens Photography's five most important questions to ask wedding photographers.

1) Photography Style

Have the photographer describe their photography style and request to see a portfolio to detect if they are an appropriate vendor for the wedding.  Pay close attention when viewing an entire wedding gallery.  Hire a photographer who's work compliments the style and wedding theme, also making sure the photographs are similar to what the couple had in mind.  A current wedding trend for photographers is the photojournalistic style.  A photojournalist photographer is not ideal if the couple is looking for a more traditional set of pictures.  Although a couple may admire a photographer's style, the couple may expect specific photos.  Couples commonly present a "photo shot" list to their photographer which indicates the photos most important to them.  However, giving a photo list to the photographer is a sensitive matter.  Some photographers welcome the couple's shot list while others have the impression that a specialized list of "must-have" photos withdraws from capturing moments as they arise.

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2) Business History

A well-established wedding photographer should provide couples with a list of weddings they have provided services for, along with the number of weddings they cover each year.  References are crucial to a couple's decision when searching for a photographer. Requesting this information presents the level of experience the company possesses to the couple.   Couples only have one opportunity to capture astonishing wedding photos, so hiring a professional who knows how to get those photographs under high pressure is essential.

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3) Packages, Contracts, and Payment

Discuss pricing and packages in detail after deciding on a photographer for the wedding. Photography packages vary drastically.  Some packages include a flat rate with a-la-carte extras while other photography companies may charge different levels of packages from least to most time intensive (engagement shoots and bridal shower coverage).   Make sure the contract provided by the photography company specifies all details included in the chosen package, the amount of time the photographer will be on location and how much it costs to keep him/her around if the festivities continue longer than scheduled.   If the couple is having a destination wedding and has decided to hire their own photographer, discuss travel and hotel stay expenses, making sure it is in the contract.   Important information to be aware of the vendor's cancelation and refund policies.  The couple should consider searching for photography services elsewhere if the photographer does not present a contract to the client.

4) Photographer On The Day

Find out exactly who is scheduled to photograph the wedding.  Meet with the photographer as well as their assistants before the wedding to discuss event details.  Inquire questions from this list of whoever is going to be the primary photographer the day of the wedding and that photographer's name should be on the contract.  Have a backup plan in place in case the primary photographer becomes ill.  A plan is to have the assigned 2nd photographer sit in as the first photographer with a network of on-call photographers.

5) After The Event

Prints, photo framing, and album making are commonly priced separately from event packages.  Understand the differences in the photographer's event packages and photo packages.  Find out what format (e.g., CD, USB drive, etc.) the photos will be delivered in and how soon after the event will it take to complete.  Confirm the ability to customize a package based on the needs of the couple.  Keep in mind that the photographer is going to need some time to edit the photographs.  Depending on the package, photos may take up to three months to complete, especially if the package that was purchased includes a custom photo album and a wedding video.

After researching photographers, think about the connection between you and the photographer as well as his/her photos.  Make sure your personality and that of the photographer match well.  Be sure you are comfortable with the photographer's work and communication style and have all questions and concerns addressed before the big day to ensure a stress-free event.

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