Choosing your wedding photographer is one of the key items on any couples’ wedding planning list. Your wedding photographs are one of the few tangible things that will remain long after your wedding day so it makes sense to give your photographer a bit of a grilling before making your final decision.
So, to help with your decision-making process, I thought I would suggest some sensible questions, and at the same time give you my response.
So here we go: Top Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer
1. How would you define your style? As you will see, I am a story teller. My images are all about emotion. I shoot a mixture of classic posed images and a photojournalism approach. Ultimately , I work with you to get the final “mix” just right, but I aim for contemporary rather than traditional in my images.
My job is to tell the story of your day in pictures, and ensure everyone has a relaxed and fun time doing so and at the same time deliver images to you that you can proudly display on your walls.
2. I have certain ideas I would like – can you do these? Of course – I love to hear new ideas. I’ll try anything and work with you to get the look you want (Within reason) I do not want to copy… I'll certainly add the NKP spin to it though!
3. Can you show me a complete set of recent wedding pictures? Of course! Check out my website and facebook for recent weddings I have covered! (sadly I don’t have time to feature them all). However, when I meet you both face to face to present my photography, I will show you examples of a number of completed weddings – so you are seeing what a final finished album would look like, rather than just my favourite images.
4. Are you "professional"? Well, I am fully insured for Public Liability and Professional Indemnity and all our equipment is covered for loss damage, flood etc. I am a fully registered and legit business and pay taxes. I have been photographing weddings for five years.. I'll let you be the judge……
5. What happens if you fall ill on the day? I take a panadol and toughen up.... On a more serious note, I will do my absolute best to find a suitable replacement!
6. What happens if your camera develops a fault? I have backups, and I have backups for my backups. Basically I have a huge range of professional camera equipment and I duplicate everything. So if a camera or lens were to fail I have another at hand. That also applies to our computer equipment for processing your photos and how we store your valuable images files. We have numerous file backup systems and keep two copies of our images off-site at all times.
7. What happens if it rains? We all might get a bit wet…. I love a good challenge! AND I love rain shots! Romantic and dramatic.
Rainy day weddings can happen, so I always plan for it and will discuss a “plan B” with you before the big day. I also carry a boot full of very handy large clear umbrellas and my cameras can withstand a lot of rain – basically it won’t stop you having stunning pictures.
8. Can my other guests take pictures? Of course they can - this is YOUR wedding day! Please don't get in my way though! You are paying for me to be at your wedding… I don't want to miss an important shot because someone jumps in front of me. Common courtesy is expected. I do ask for a bit of space and time while doing family / group shots after the ceremony. I will ask your guests to wait until I have taken the shot and stand aside for them to then take their own photo. But remember - we don't want to lose too much time here - it will cut down on your bridal photo time.
9. Can you take a picture of my favourite Aunt / Uncle / Cat etc and how long will all the family group shots take? Yes, yes, and yes – if there are any “must- have” pictures on the day, just let me know. All I do ask is, that if there are a lot of “formal” group images to be taken, then please allow me a little more time within your planning schedule.
When working out the time required between the Ceremony and the Reception I always suggest allowing at least 15 minutes for congrats and hugs, then an additional half and hour (at least) for family / group shots. Think about how much time you want to spend on your couple and bridal party shots – ideally we like to spend at least one hour with a couple on their own.
10. When will I see my pictures and when will I receive my Album, oh and do I get digital copies of my images? My objective is to have your images as a sneak peek on Facebook that very night! Your images (USB) will generally be ready within 6-8weeks. Albums and products will be an additional 2-3 weeks from time you place your order.
We provide a USB of digital images with all of our wedding collections – in this modern age of electronic communications we believe it would be ridiculous not to provide you with these. You can expect a minimum of 500 images. Please note that copyright remains with us as the photographer, however we grant you a license to use the images for personal use.
11. How can I actually be sure that you’ll be any good and that we’ll get along?
Of course being a Wedding Photographer is not just about the photography itself, it’s also about how we run our business and treat you as our valued client – that is very important to me.. We also offer a discounted engagement photo shoot with all wedding bookings, so you’ll have a chance to experience my photography skills first hand before the big day.
12. Who will actually take my photographs? Nadine! (Thats me) I proudly run every aspect of my business..(yep admin, photographing, meetings, post production, marketing...all of it!)
13. How long do we need to leave for photos? This is completely up to you, generally I ask for a minimum of one hour. There are a few things to consider: how many locations would you like, travel times to and from locations, bridal party size and lighting. I am most happy to discuss this with you.