There are quite a few posts going round about this right now. Some of the popular wedding sites and blogs have been banding around questions – but they’re probably not the right ones to be asking.
Some of them sensible, some bonkers – “Ask them what they will wear…” Hopefully, clothes. Unless you’ve asked me to rock up in an inflatable dinosaur costume (I would!), you can be certain we’ll be dressed smart but comfortable. Not to draw attention to ourselves, but also so that we can get the job done without faffing with our attire.
Some questions might seem OK, but asking to speak to previous clients – that’s going to be difficult, GDPR laws mean we cannot give out their information. But you can check your photographers socials for testimonials and replies from previous clients.
Asking how many weddings they’ve shot.. a legitimate image question, but sometimes quality over quantity can throw this. Someone who is heavily invested in their craft but has only just started or works part-time to build up their business can be as equally skilled and motivated as someone who has shot 100 weddings – this may be reflected in their price, it may not be. Ask to see a few recently galleries to see where they’re at before judging.
With the above in mind I figured it would be good to shed on some light on asking for information that will help you find the right ‘tog for your day.
Between all the vendors at your wedding, other than maybe a planner, photographers essentially become an extra member of your wedding party. We’re there from prep to party in most cases. Pulling a good 10-14 hour day. Seeing the wedding through, witnessing and capturing all the joy and emotions of the day. So it stands to reason they should be someone you feel comfortable around – this is why chatting before booking is paramount – over zoom or a coffee.
Question 1: We’re really awkward and don’t really want posed photos…
Part question, part statement. Almost everyone I speak to feels like this – heck, I feel like this! Usually the grooms are dreading photos. The majority of my coverage is candid… as the action unfolds, capturing it in a natural manner. However, posed photos will play a part of your day. I am here to make it as painless as possible. We’ll walk and talk during your session, capturing a mix of you guys with each other and some where I’ll ask you to stop and hold a pose, or do something again if it feels and looks right.
Depending on your timeline I’ll also suggest the sunset shoot. A mixture of decompression and time out from the hustle and bustle of your day but also a second chance at portraits – you’ll be more relaxed later in on the day – post ceremony and a few drinks later. This second session can make for wonderful portrait images that you will be happy you took the time for in decades to come – plus your parents and grandparents will love them!
Top tip: This is where an engagement shoot helps, to get comfortable in front of the camera and with me giving you direction.
Question 2: what happens if it rains?
We’ll embrace it! I’m there to document your day as it happens, all the memories as they were. Your venue should have a weather contingency. I also come armed with coloured and see-through umbrellas for the portraits. There’s always something, or somewhere we can use. Also, when I recommend the second couples session at sunset, we could be greeted with beautiful clouds and light – whatever the weather I’ll be there to figure it out.
Question 3: What happens if you have and emergency on the day, or your gear breaks?
Technically two questions, but I’ll let you off… Luckily I’m part of a group of local and national photographers that I can call on for last minute cover. We’re all on board to help each other out in times of sickness, traffic and vehicular emergencies. As for gear – back ups… I shoot with two full-frame professional cameras, both with dual card slots that are constantly backing up images. If one goes down I always have another right by my side to switch to. I also carry extra lenses, a boat load of batteries and accessories to step in as needed. I am also insured up to £2m and am tripled vaccinated against COVID-19.
Before you get in touch with your favourite photographer, check out their website, do you like their editing style…the vibe of their photos, bright and colourful (like mine!), light and airy or moody and editorial – their style is their signature , if you don’t click with it, find a photographer’s who’s style you love.
Are their images more candid than posed? Do they have a lot of group photos on their site or just a few? Are they within your budget? These are all basics to consider. More often than not a lot of these questions are covered in the FAQ or various bits of your chosen photographers website. Things such as pricing, travel, style, how to book and their customer processes.
What else would you like to know?
Are there questions that would be helpful to you that haven’t been covered? What are your concerns when booking a photographer? I’d love to know so I can help you and my other potential clients get the best experience before, after and during your Wedding day.
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