Hiring a Wedding Photographer – Urgent Questions

Cheap wedding photographers that are good at what they do are hard to come by these days. Asking the right questions is key to choosing a good wedding photographer, although there are no guarantees. The best photographer in the world may have his or her off-days. Nevertheless, there are vital questions that can help improve your chances of choosing the right photographer:

  • Can he provide the style of wedding photography that you desire? – Before you go about shopping for the top guru, you need to ask yourself a few questions. Do you want a more traditional (posed for) style of photos or a more candid style? Some photographers can do both, but some are only geared toward the more “prepared for” type of shots. Ask him what his style of photography is and ask him to provide examples of previous work. Look for patterns. Does he lean to one style or the other?
  • Always ask for references!
  • How many photos does he shoot? You may not like every photo.
  • When will your photos be ready?
  • Ask to see the contract – Do they provide negatives after a certain length of time. How about after a year? It is up to you whether you want someone who provides negatives
  • Does he come to rehearsals? This has got to be the most vital question to ask next to looking at the contract. It is vital, because in order to get the best shots, he can’t assume what the lighting and the set-up is going to be like. He needs to know exactly what the ceremony locale set-up is like so he is prepared with the right equipment.
  • Pay attention to how fast he returns your phone calls. If he takes a week or more to return your call before he is hired, then he doesn’t need your money that bad.
  • Does he carry back up batteries and equipment?

In my opinion you should compare at least three of them, no matter how good the first one sounds. After that compare price vs. quality and you should be on your way.
Vicky

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Filed under: Photography — vicky at 11:41 am on Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Asking Questions

Not every bride can do-it-herself nor has the time. It is very likely that at some point, you will have to hire outside help. The biggest mistakes a bride can make is to forget to ask questions. This is not the time to be nice. This is time to be bridezilla on steroids. Now being bridezilla does not mean that you have to be the other b-word, if you know what I mean. Just be tough, assertive yet nice. This will get them to respect you and make them less likely to want to pull one over on you. And I emphasize less likely because some are bold enough to try despite your assertive demeanor.

You must ask a lot of questions, because hiring a good wedding professional is vital to your money being well spent. Now, we don’t want wedding professionals in the poor house, but at the same time, if they are too high for their level of expertise and service, there is nothing wrong with looking the other way.
Bad signs:

  • If you ask a question and they start with the hmming and hawwing, you may need to look elsewhere. You don’t demand perfection, just answers. Which emphasizes the importance of starting early.
  • If they change the subject to the weather or some off-topic
  • If they have to get back with you on simple questions

Vicky

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