Questions to ask a wedding photographer
There are quite literally tons of bridal magazine articles out there with pages dedicated to questions to ask a wedding photographer. Stuff like: “Can you describe your photographic style? What equipment do you use?”
To be perfectly honest, I’m never been sure that those questions give you the answers that you are really after.
Below I have put together a list of some of those questions that I think all brides should ask me and some of the things that I really want you to know.
How do I choose a great photographer when there are so many listed in my local area ?
Ask around, talk to your recently married friends, female relatives and ask for any recommendations. Do your your research online, visit blogs and forums that appeal to your style.
Once you’ve got a decent shortlist, make the shortcut and narrow down to your favourite few and then get in touch with and ask for a meeting. Always make sure that your meeting / speaking to the person that will photographing your wedding and not a sales representative or studio manager. You have to strike a bond with your photographer, get a strong sense of their work, trust and the ability to get on with your photographer is absolutely key. After all, you will be spending a good part of your wedding day in their company.
How many images will I get ?
If you ask around, many photographers will average out at approximately 300 – 500 photos per wedding. This of course, is entirely dependent on the package selected / hours of coverage etc. To give a fair representation, I would suggest that I can deliver about 30 to 50 photos per hour.
I’ve seen a soft and pastel vintage look online and wonder If I can get that style ?
Almost every photographer has their own individual style and editing technique once they’re back in their studio. We call this ‘post production’ and we use all kinds of methods to adjust lighting, colours and tones to create a unique and look. There are so many popular styles at the moment, it doesn’t matter which you choose, you just need to love it. My advise will always be to ensure that any enhancements are made as sympathetically as possible to stand the test of time.
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Why is wedding photography so expensive ?
I think this is probably the most posted question I see on the internet. I guess there is a general perception that a photographer rocks up late morning and finishes after a few hours and thats it, job done. Easy money ?
This couldn’t actually be in further from the truth. In fact, most of the professional photographers I know work incredibly long hours, often 60 hours a week or more during the wedding season. Photography equipment costs a ‘not so small’ fortune and requires a huge investment to stand up a professional outfit. It is not unusual for a professional wedding photographer to be carrying £10k worth of kit.
Business running costs including insurance, tax, high end computing and professional editing software, marketing, online advertising, USB sticks, albums, lighting, new lenses, props etc makes it incredibly difficult to breakeven, let alone make a profit. In fact, a high proportion of photographers don’t make profit for their first years in business and it is only the love of the job that keeps them going.
How can I make sure that I look my best in my wedding photos ?
Trust your wedding photographer, if you trust, you will relax and if you relax, it will shine through your photographs.
Don’t stress about the little things and make sure you leave plenty of slack in the wedding day schedule to accommodate last minute photo opportunities and to avoid a rush job. I always recommend setting at least 30 mins aside of the group shots and an hour for the newly weds portraits.
Make sure you are well rested the day before and try to avoid too much to drink the night before. A hangover is never a great move on your wedding day. For tips on bridal make up, click here
Avoid the cheapsters !
Weekend warriors posing as wedding photographers offering ‘shoot and burn’ wedding day photography for £200. Sounds painful and it usually is. Shoot and burn is a recent offering where a photographer shoots a weeding then burns the images straight to USB / disk without any post production. What you normally end up with is a stack of disappointment. Distractions aren’t removed, spots and blemishes are on full display and bad lighting is on full show. Not exactly what you will want to share with your family and future generations to come.
What’s a first look ?
The ‘first look’ is a recent but hugely popular and growing trend. Essentially,
it’s an opportunity for the couple to see each other privately before the ceremony and in all their wedding finery. It’s a brilliant way to shake off those nerves and hijack a few tender moments before the ministrations begins. These images invariably are some of my favourites. It’s a beautiful moment filled with pure emotions.
Do I need a 2nd Photographer ?
A second shooter is not essential to delivering beautiful wedding photography. However, it does provide many more images to be taken and usually from a different perspective. Most of the top wedding photographers I know use a second shooter who helps with lighting and transporting the kit around the wedding venue, as well as taking the additional photographs.
How far in advance do I need to book ?
Many of the top photographers in the industry are booked out a year in advance, My best advice is to source and secure your wedding photographer as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.