When it comes to preparing for your wedding, you are probably up to your elbows in magazines, paperwork, bills, and glitter. But even though there seems to be a never-ending list of things to do in order to be properly prepared for the big day, you have to make sure that you are not skipping certain details.
Here are 10 questions to ask when checking out wedding photographers. This is not just about making sure that you are spending your money wisely but it is also about making sure you are going to end up with photos you will be able to proudly cherish for the rest of your life.
1. Will he or she be the exact person at your wedding taking your photos?
If he or she cannot guarantee that, you will want to look somewhere else. You want to make sure you are interviewing and reviewing the work of the exact person who will be at your wedding taking photos. The last thing you want is to be surprised on the day of your wedding and end up with photos that are not worth a dime.
2. What styles does he or she specialize in?
Photos are not just photos. Every photographer out there has their own special style or way of doing things that you want to be familiar with. Do you like the photographer’s style? Is it your style? In order to be a happy bride, make sure that you are getting a photographer that is capable of taking the shots you want on your wedding day.
3. What kind or type of camera will be used for your photos?
It is important to make sure that some inexpensive 35mm camera available at any WalMart is not being used. There is nothing wrong with an everyday camera for everyday photos, but your wedding is special. You want high quality photos so make sure that your photographer has the right equipment.
4. Is there a backup plan?
What happens if that camera breaks? Make sure the photographer has a back up plan such as having spare cameras on hand and an assistant who is qualified to work in his or her place should an emergency occur.
5. How large is the photo package and what is the price breakdown for each photo?
By understanding all of the pricing and what you get within each package you will be able to make an educated decision on what you should be going with. Ask questions if you don’t understand. It’s better to not be surprised when the bill and the proofs come in.
6. How long before the proofs are ready?
You will want to know how long it will take for the proofs to be finished for your review.
7. Do they automatically give the negatives or is there an extra charge for this?
Some will give you the negatives free of charge while others will not unless you ask for them and then there is an additional charge.
8. Is he or she covered by liability insurance?
In case something goes wrong or there is an accident, the photographer needs to have liability insurance to cover costs.
9. Can you request specific types of photos to be taken?
This will help to ensure that you are getting exactly what you want. If the photographer seems rigid and uptight about your input, you should look elsewhere.
10. Is there an additional cost for staying longer then scheduled?
If there is a delay or the event simply lasts longer than you expected you probably want the photographer to stay. Is he or she available to stay longer, and do they charge extra for doing so?
Your wedding photographer can be like a magician creating beautiful photos of your very special wedding. Don’t hesitate to ask questions when you’re deciding who to hire – it’s that important.
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