Photography is more than fancy gear and flashes. Long after the cake has been eaten, the tuxes have been returned and the flowers have wilted, your images will remain; hence the need to ensure you choose a photographer you TRUST. Choosing a wedding photographer can be quite daunting, but this list of questions is here to help you ask the right questions so you can find the right photographer for your wedding day. So without further ado….
1. Are you a legal business with insurance? It is shocking how many people pick up a camera and think they can run a business without properly setting up their business legally and having a contract in place. Choosing a wedding photographer without these things is simply asking for trouble.
2. Do you have professional equipment & back up gear? Things break. This is a fact of life. Cameras are no exception to this rule. Not only does your photographer need to have professional primary gear, it is important that your photographer owns professional quality back up gear to ensure your wedding day images do not suffer.
3. Do you color correct my wedding images? During the course of your wedding day, you are often changing between many different lighting scenarios (tungsten light in the bridal room, bright day light outside, fluorescent church light, etc). This may result in images where your skin tone may look a tad orange or blue. At the very least, a good photographer will color correct every single image she delivers to ensure that you are receiving a high quality product.
4. How many weddings have you photographed? This question will give you an idea of the experience level behind the wedding photographer you are considering. Note the difference between years of experience vs. actual weddings photographed. A photographer may say they have 5 years experience as a wedding photographer, but may have only shot 2-5 weddings per year whereas a photographer who has photographed 25+ weddings for the past two years is more experienced despite fewer years working in the wedding photography industry.
5. Do you schedule multiple weddings and events over the same weekend? Often times studios book back-to-back weddings. Can you imagine the exhaustion the photographer may feel after working back-to-back 10+ hour days? The attention to detail and customer service level may drastically decline. In this scenario, more may not be better.
6. Are you comfortable using flash? Be weary of the self-proclaimed “natural light” photographer. This may mean that they have not put in the time or the effort to learn off camera flash, which is needed to capture photos in a dark reception hall. Natural light is beautiful, but a photographer needs to know how to create flattering light using flashes and strobes if your wedding day happens to be dark and rainy or when the lights are turned down low in during the reception.
7. Do you do wedding photography full time? A large number of photographers are also working full time jobs during the week. This may mean that they are unable to respond to emails and calls as quickly or deliver images in a timely manner due to the fact that a large portion of their time is dedicated elsewhere.
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