Ten questions to ask your wedding photographer
Often we see people hiring wedding photographers recklessly without investigating first. While there are some referral companies which we don’t give second thoughts, but what benefits one might not benefit all.
That’s what it is essential to learn about the event photographer company before signing contracts and booking them for your big day. It’s a big responsibility to put up to your requirements without forging any last-minute excuse.
Hire an event photographer and make sure you have all backups signed and policies read. It is an essential factor while creating a professional relationship between the company and the couple getting married.
General – What You Need to Know
No matter how recommended the wedding photographers are, it would be best to ask them the following questions. This amenity promises you are hiring a credible company for your big day instead of forcing someone into doing shots for your big day.
1.What is your primary style?
A lot of people ask this question from the photographers. The reason is probably that some editors take it dark and some light. The contrast, light and other essential settings make a huge difference. You might like it to be in a lighter mood, and if you don’t land on the same style, the album will not give you that reliving moments every time you open it.
2.How many weddings have you shot, and have you shot ones similar to mine?
This question answers all the general ones. It is talking about the photographers’ experience and asking them if they have done similar shots before. It appears promising if the answers are positive and ensure you will land on the same track.
3.How many times have you worked specifically as a wedding photographer?
Sometimes a videographer takes the responsibility of the photographer and vice versa. You are looking for a team of experienced, professional wedding photographers and videographers who know what they are doing. Both these are handled by different cameras and different ways of controlling them.
4.How many other events will you photograph that weekend?
Some small photographers book multiple events on the same weekend and then arrive late at your event. Larger companies have the resources, and sometimes they can face uncalled issues too. It’s better to book someone available for the whole day instead of that specific time.
5.Will a contract of the services be provided? If so, can I get a copy?
A contract is a protection promise from the company for the couple. It includes the pricing details, time of arrival and departure, coverage hours, termination policies, refund policies, etc. It’s better to get a copy saved for yourself too.
6.What happens if the photographer is ill?
Ask them if there will be any replacements available if the hired photographer is unavailable due to various circumstances. If they have someone equally skilled to take over, you are good to move on with the hiring process.
7.Do you have insurance?
Insurance for your photographs protects it against theft. You can control who and when can your pictures be uploaded and give you a heads-up before. Credible event photography companies offer insurance over pictures and videos.
8.Does the package I am interested in include an assistant?
Big events require more photographers. Only one might not be able to cover the whole event. Make sure they have an assistant photographer who is equally skilled and gives you the expected results.
9.Will you colour correct my images?
Sometimes editing comes with extra charges. If the costs don’t cover it, they are willing to hire someone else for this process. Choose someone who can capture images as well as colour correct them.
10.What kind of equipment do you use? Do you have backups?
Equipment include drones, cameras, accessories like camera stands for still photos, cameras for candid photographs. Video cameras, different lenses for on and off shoot-site must be included in the package and have backups.
A Final Note
Event photography comes with a lot of experience and responsibility to handle someone’s big day. But to avoid hiring someone without the required experience, above mentioned questions must have positive answers as per se.