When you shop for a wedding photographer, you need to know what questions to ask so that you will know exactly what you will be getting when you hire one.
Denver wedding photography expert Matt Kelly said, “Most wedding photographers offer more than just snapping the pictures at your wedding and then giving you prints. It’s important that you ask certain questions so that you know exactly what is available from a particular photography studio.”
What questions should you ask?
It is unlikely that you have ever had to hire a wedding photographer before so here are a few questions you need to ask when you visit a photographer’s studio.
• Does the photographer specialize in wedding photography? You want the answer to be “yes”. Make sure you look at his or her portfolio to be certain (s)he has plenty of experience.
• Is there more than one photographer available? If the answer is yes, go through each photographer’s portfolio to see whose style you prefer. Be sure that the one you want is available on the date of your wedding.
• How does the studio handle your prints? Do they do the editing, color correction, and actual printing? If you’ve seen the portfolios, ask who did the post-shooting work. You want only experts for this part of the job.
• Will the studio provide you with proofs so that you can select the photographs you want for your wedding album?
• How long after the wedding before you receive the proofs?
• If the wedding photographer has to travel out of town to your wedding, ask if there is an extra fee for that.
• Does the photographer offer packages deals, and if so, what is included?
• If shooting film, who keeps the negatives?
• If using a digital camera, can you get a CD of the photos in additional to a wedding album? Is there an extra free for that?
• How long will it take to get the final prints?
• If you want some of your wedding photos in black and white, make sure to ask if the studio offers this option.
• Ask for a list of references. An experienced professional wedding photographer should have one. Before hiring anyone, make sure to follow up and call several of the references to see what their experience with the photographer was like.
• Does the wedding photographer have liability insurance? You definitely want to hire one that does in the event that someone at the wedding gets hurt, like stumbling over some of the photography equipment.
• What are the backup plans if the photographer gets ill or has an emergency?
• Will the photographer bring more than one camera to the wedding in case one malfunctions? Backup equipment is a must.
• Ask if you can see a sample contract so that you will know what to expect, in general, when you hire your wedding photographer.
• What will the photographer wear to the wedding? You want to be sure (s)he doesn’t show up in jeans and a tee shirt if the wedding is formal or semi-formal.
• Will (s)he be using an assistant? If so, is there an extra charge for that?
“If you ask all these questions and more,” Denver wedding photography expert Kelly said, “an experienced wedding photographer will not mind. In fact, (s)he will be pleased to see you’ve done your homework as this will lead to open communication with no unpleasant surprises.”
Don’t be shy about asking all of your questions. You want to be sure to hire the best wedding photographer for your very special day.