5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

Your wedding photos will capture the most precious moments of your wedding day. One of the challenging task during your wedding planning is to hire a suitablewedding photographer. Apart from the photographer’s rates and availability, here are 5 important questions to ask before you proceed to sign a deal!

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Are you willing to do any shots?

A professional wedding photographer will know how to capture the special moments in your wedding day, but do ask your potential photographer if he/she would be willing to do any shots that you must have in the wedding album or if you would like to have a line-up of photos with each of your family members separately on your wedding day that would require him/her to position himself for that slot.

Can I see your previous work?

Whether your photos will be taken in low light setting, on the beach or any other settings, request for a set of photos with the styles that you want your photographer to take instead of just the best images available in his portfolio. This will help you to visualise the “feel” from his art work based on what you expect to have from him.

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What formats will the photos be in?

Ask your photographer what formats will the photos be? JPEG, AI or other digital formats that can or cannot be edited? Also check if you will receive a copy of DVD with full rights to the images? Will you have access to the images online or an album from which to select prints?

How much is your package including overtime charges?

Request for a quotation that includes all possible unexpected situations that will arise, that includes whether the charges differ according to the weather (if you are having an outdoor wedding) as well as overtime charges. This will avoid any surprises of potential extra charges. It’s also good to know how soon the two of you can expect to see photos after the wedding day and if any extra charges will be incurred if you would like them to speed up the editing work.

Can you set up an Engagement Session?

An engagement session is a great way to be comfortable with the photographer’s presence and be prepared for your wedding. This will also provide your photographer the opportunity to analyse and capture your best angles for the perfect shot.

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Generally, a little research at the beginning to get to know your photographer’s styles will help save you from having to be your own art director on your wedding!

Nonetheless, to be on the safe side, have a list of wedding photographersthat you’d want to hire for your wedding. Try to resist the urge to hire the first shutterbug and don’t fret that all of the “good” photographers will be snatched if you did not make a choice on the spot! Take your time to finalise a few good ones who suit your taste and if you’re not 100% happy with the outcome of your discussion, move on to the next photographer until you get the best!

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Do you have any tips for future brides and bridegroom on hiring a good wedding photographer? We would like to hear from you! Leave a comment below.

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