Every wedding website has a list of all the important questions you should ask your wedding photographer before booking him. Here is a short list of 10 questions which are very important, but not mentioned often. 🙄
How to pick the best photographer according to my perspective?
First, take a look at some wedding albums and decide which style you prefer – is it a documentary, classic, artistic or you like something else. After that check some wedding blogs, galleries or simply Google a number of wedding photographers’ websites.
Once you have chosen a bundle of favourite photographers, pick out the few you like the most, and set up a meeting. Make sure the person you’ll meet is the photographer, but not the studio owner. You have to establish a connection with the person who will shoot your wedding. You should like not only his work, you should also like them! They’ll be next to you for many hours during your big day.
How many photos do I get?
The average number of photos a wedding photographer typically deliver is between 50 and 100 for every hour of coverage they provide. The number depends on the type of the wedding, the number of the guest etc. Four hundred photos may seem like a lot, but your wedding photographer is preserving all those little details and the moments you missed while you were mingling.
I love those photos with the blurry backgrounds. Will I receive some?
This is called shallow depth of field. Photographers get that look by using special lenses that are able to focus tightly on the subject. Ask your wedding photographer to show you some similar photos from their portfolio if you desire to have some like these.
When I look through wedding photographers’ websites I notice that the pictures look different. Some photos look soft and pastel, others are clean and there are pictures which look like they are shot on a film. Where that difference comes from?
The way the pictures look depends not only on the way they are shot but mainly on the way they’re edited. Usually, every photographer has a different way of editing their images, but most of the photographers could cover more than one editing style. After choosing a photographer, check his portfolio for the type of editing you like and insist to get the same style o your pictures. All styles are nice. It’s up to your taste to choose what you prefer.
Why the wedding photographers charge so much?
You could hear this question very often. Wedding photography seems like easy money — several hours of work and a pocket full of money. 🙂 Keep in mind that most full-time wedding photographers carry over £10 000 worth of wedding gear and during the rush time of the year they often work more than 60 hours per week. It’s so time-consuming to rate, select and edit all the photos from the wedding. On the top of that, you have to pay for advertising, for an insurance, to pay taxes, to buy software, to pay for albums and shipping, to spend a lot of time dealing with customers etc. If the photographer is in the begging of their career they could hardly earn the minimum wage.
Can you assure me I’ll look good in the photos?
The photographer could help, but he is not a magician. My advice is to relax. If you’re relaxed, it’ll come through in your photos. Get to bed early on the night before the wedding. Drink a lot of water. Leave some breathing room in your schedule so you don’t feel rushed. I usually advise for at least an hour-long photo-session only with the couple so they could take a breath and relax while shooting.
I’ve heard about “shoot and burn” photography. Does it worth giving it a chance?
“Shoot and burn” is an idiom for wedding photography where the photos are given straight after the wedding without any editing. It’s much cheaper – for a reason. You’ll receive a lot of trash – photos without focus or proper lighting. I won’t talk about the all the other editing which makes the wow effect.
Do I really need a second photographer?
Usually, there’s no need for a second photographer, but having them you’ll get more images and, the most important, a different perspective. Two photographers could cover two locations simultaneously e.g. the bride and the groom getting ready. Many of the top photographers work only with assistants who help with the lighting and carry the gear. If you think you need a second photographer ask yours how he prefers to work but be sure you’ll have nice photos either way.
How far in advance should I book a wedding photographer?
The most popular wedding photographers are fully booked for a year or two ahead. If you want to be sure you’ll have your first choice on your wedding – hurry up!
You can “photoshop” that, right?
I prefer to make the picture as perfect as possible while I’m pressing the shutter. I usually do a number of similar pictures and I choose the best one for the album. It’s time-consuming to fix all of the photos afterwards. But don’t worry – I edit all the pictures during the post-processing. If I notice something I don’t like – I’ll fix it. 😎