Twenty Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer
Firstly we must say these are not questions we advocate asking your wedding photographer.
But so many of us have come across prospective brides who have read THAT Blog by the wedding magazine … Questions to ask your wedding photographer.
Many of these questions are already in our contract and our wedding leaflets, but here are our answers for anyone who may also come across the same blog.
Your Wedding Photography is going to be a decent sized purchase and you probably want to ensure you are asking the right things. Some of these questions will definately help on your quest to finding the right photographer, and some of them will not, here are our answers to these questions.
#1 What Does Your Package Include
If you met us at a wedding show and have one of our leaflets, this is on the leaflet.
A number of digital images (depending on which package you have), 2 photographers, albums are priced separately. We do not compete on price, but not the quality of our work, if price is a main factor in your consideration there will definitely be cheaper wedding photographers you can commission. If your choice is based on style, someone you can gel with, quality and professionalism, you are int he right place!
#2 How much does it cost?
A basic package starts from £1600, all the various options are shown on our wedding leaflets. These include pre wedding shoots, albums of different sizes, Wedding Magazines, extra photographers, monograms, programme designs and a whole host of things.
#3 When will we receive the images
This is a useful question int he twenty questions to ask your wedding photographer. All of this is listed in your contract with us. We have a turn around of 3 months which also depends on you the clients okaying albums and changes as quickly as possible, or this may delay the timeline. However we also deliver 10 – 15 of our favourite moments from your day within 24 hours (48 if we are shooting the next day). This way, the first images you upload to social media or share with friends via WhatsApp, will be professional ones, not phone ones.
#4 How will we receive the images
On a USB pen OR digital download
#5 Are there videographers you prefer to work with
In some cases yes. The main thing is that everyone is respectful of each other, giving each other the space needed to do the best for the couple. This may include shooting on longer lenses so that both photographers and videographers can get the best images for the couple on the day.
#6 How would you consider your photography style
We would say amazing! But that is for you to judge, your wedding will be a mixture of natural documentary moments, styled shots, groups shots, details. We used natural light, flash and constant light. A full recipe of what is needed to get the job done and we feels makes and amazing set of wedding day images. Unless you understand photography all of that will probably not mean much. So again let our work speak for itself. The link shows a preview of our 24 hour preview.
Another way we would describe our style is ‘clean’, no matter what chaos is going on around the images, your day (through your images) will look calm, serene and full of joy. We are the photographers that will move that bag from beside the chair, tell you that your necklace is not straight or a curl is out of place. We will also produce probably your favourite portrait of yourself … ever!
#7 How many photographers shoot the wedding
All our weddings are shot by two photographers. This was both the bride and groom get full cover from their preparations to ceremony.
There is also no having to sprint down the aisle to get two different shots for the photographer, and as a wedding is generally something people have planned for years , in the event of a photographer say … spraining an ankle on the day, which is unlikely, but not impossible … the wedding will still be covered. It works like an insurance policy.
#8 Would you need a place to keep your equipment
The most expensive equipment will be on me (my cameras) there is usually somewhere safe or within eyesight that it can be kept during the wedding
#9 Who will be shooting my wedding?
We do not give jobs out to other photography companies or farm them out to other photographers. If you hire us your wedding will be shot by us. The only reason the main photographer would not be at your wedding would be the same reason you would have to miss a wedding.
A burst appendix, an accident, a serious illness etc. If this were to happen, just like with any other vendor, we would give you the option of allowing us to find a replacement, or a full refund. This has not happened to date, it is very rare. Just like the bride we know who had to leave her own wedding immediately after the vows due to illness. Its rare, but not impossible.
#10 When will I receive a written contract? What is the cancellation policy
Once you confirm that you would like us to shoot your wedding a contract will be drawn up and sent out, once this is signed and returned along with paying the deposit, your wedding is booked!
The cancellation policy is outlined in the contract, the initial deposit is non refundable.
#11 Have you ever been to our venue?
Do not worry. A lot of brides ask this, but it is not necessary for us to shoot your wedding.
Think about this, does the DJ need to be familiar with that venue before to play well? Does the make up artist need to be familiar with all the faces they make up to make up a good face? The image below was our first wedding at this venue, to a creative photographer it is clear that this area would mae a beautiful photo.
As photographers we have shot all over the world. Venue visits can be arranged if you feel really strongly about this, there is a fee for doing this as it is another day out from shooting.
#12 What camera do you use?
Unless you understand DSLR cameras this is not such a useful question in the twenty questions to ask your wedding photographer.
Most photographers change their cameras at different times, as they do lenses. The cameras have no bearing on how good or not your photos will be. Some photographers have the best equipment but are still learning, and some do not have the latest equipment but are masters of their art.
Examples of the work are a much better way to judge the professionalism of your photographer. That said we do use digital cameras and not film.
#13 Will you work to a list of photos we want
If there is one MUST HAVE photo of the day for you. Such as a photo or your nan, mom and you together, a best friend from your childhood, your new numberplate, let us know.
Other than that, as seasoned wedding photographers we know what we are doing. Look at our previous cover, it is enough o show you that with two photographers, we do not miss anything. As a recent bride, I understand the importance of wanted to see EVERYTHING afterwards, the food, the guests mingling while you were not around , the emotions from family and friends that you were not privy to while you were at the alter … trust us we know what we are doing.
There is no specific timetable as such we work to. It will depend on what package you have booked, along with what time your wedding day/ start and end. When we are close to your wedding date we will go through your timetable with you to ensure enough time has been allowed for your photos and that we start at the right time.
#15 If the Wedding Breakfast goes over time, will we pay extra?
This depends on the package you have. With an unlimited package no, with a 10 hour package yes, this is all outlined in your contract.
#16 Are images retouched?
Most images you see online are retouched in some way. All of our images are edited, which usually includes conversion from RAW to JPEG and may include minor whinges in exposure or white balances, cropping etc. Extensive retouching may be charged as an extra.
For example the bride who wanted the scaffolding taking out of the church because they were having rennovations on the outside. This is specialist work and will be sent to an editor at a cost of £50 per hour. We also will not take out something that you have permanently, so for example if you have a tattoo that you would prefer not to be in the photos, it cannot be taken out of all 500 images for example. We will also not change the shape of your face or body for example. You are beautiful as you are!
#17 What are your payment terms
This is a useful question in the twenty questions to ask your wedding photographer, as everyone knows where they stand. We accept 50% deposit secures your booking, once we have this, we then take that date out of our diaries and we belong to you! (for that day).
The other 50% is due 4 weeks before your date. Similar to most wedding services, the venue, caterer, florists, venue dressers etc all payments are completed before the wedding, this is one less thing for you for worry about.
#18 Do we pay travel costs
This is all outlined in our contract. For weddings within a 50 mile radius no. For weddings outside of this, travel and accommodation may apply. We do not take risks of working for possibly 16 hours then having a 2 hour drive home, or even getting stuck in traffic on our way to you in the morning, this is why in some circumstances accommodation will apply. Again do not worry, although the Ritz is amazing, Premier Inn will do!
#19 Are engagement / pre wedding shoots included in the package?
These are extra. Some couples have them, others do not. Some couples have a whole day shoot abroad, others have a half day shoot, for this reason they are not included as standard.
Our couples can have as much or as little as they would like.
#20 Could you recommend any new trends?
Our style is not to shoot the latest trends, so we do not shoot a dinosaur chasing you, or your husband standing far away as though he is being held in the palm of your hand. You will get a mixture of emotions, natural documentary photography, styled photography, posed group shots and detail shots of your shot.
Now that you have had all of these twenty questions to ask your wedding photographer answered … go ahead and give us a call or email to book us. It will be one the the best decisions you make for your wedding!