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Before you book your wedding photographer, it’s important to hop on a call with your favorites and get to know them a little better! After the call or meeting, you should feel confident in their ability to photograph your wedding and fulfill all your wedding photography wants and needs.
Here’s 5 questions to ask a wedding photographer before booking them!
When researching photographers, make sure you like their photography style (do they edit bright & airy, true to life, film vibes, dark and moody)! Every photographer has their own style of editing, so make sure you love their editing before reaching out! The way they edit is different than their shooting style…
Some photographers pose more than they prompt. Ask them how they would describe their shooting style. Are they more laid back, more hands on? Do they direct you the entire time or give little direction? There is no wrong answer! This will give you an idea of what to expect when you’re in front of their camera, and how they achieve the photos you see in their portfolio!
Some cameras have one card slot, and some have two. Dual card slots are crucial; if one of the SD cards is corrupted or something happens, your wedding photos will be recorded on a second SD card!
You can ask if they have a dual card slot camera, or if they will be using one for your wedding day to insure nothing goes wrong.
The backup process is important! When talking to photographers, ask them what their backup process is like? Do they back up your RAW images on hard drives? Do they delete your RAW images before delivering your wedding gallery?
Sometimes things go wrong, hard drives crash, and sometimes computers crash. This isn’t your photographers fault. However, you want to make sure that if something goes wrong that your images are safe. You don’t want your unedited wedding photos lost before receiving your gallery.
Life happens, sometimes emergencies come up, and sometimes your photographer can’t make it to shoot your wedding. So what do they do if this happens?
Of course you don’t want to go without a photographer on your wedding day! Will they have a backup in place to take the lead? Make sure in your wedding photography contract it is mentioned what happens if your photographer isn’t able to make your wedding day.
Ask them what their turn around time looks like! When will you receive sneak peeks? When will you receive your full wedding gallery?
Art takes time!
There’s so much that goes into editing photos, especially wedding galleries. On average, it will take weeks to months to receive your full- gallery. But make sure you talk about this with the photographer so you know what to expect timeline wise.
If you want a more extensive list of ideas when it comes to interviewing wedding photographers, check out this blog post on Brides.com.
MAKE SURE YOU LIKE THE PHOTOGRAPHER YOU’RE INTERVIEWING!!!
Do you see yourself being friends with them? Do you like their personality? Would you feel at ease and comfortable around them on your wedding day!?
Your wedding photographer is someone you’re going to spend A LOT of time with on your wedding day. You want to make sure that you book with someone who is going to be there to calm your nerves, be calm under pressure and stress, someone that you feel is organized, but ultimately someone who has your best interest at heart!!!
If you’re in the market for your wedding photographer, I would love to chat with you! Get in touch here, I would love to learn more about you, your love story, and your wedding photography vision.