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So hopefully by now, you have at least some idea of who you’d like to hire as your photographer. Maybe you plan to meet him or her in person or, if you’re out of town, talk on the phone. What should you ask this prospective photographer?
I thought I’d take on this post a little differently. I’ve asked several brides and grooms what questions they thought were good to ask a photographer, so we’ll run through those. And since this is my blog, I’ll give you my answer for those questions, k? Here we goooo!
What kind of camera and lenses do you use?
I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II, which is considered the industry standard for wedding photography. My lenses are lenses that are recommended for wedding photography. I own a Canon 50mm 1.4, a 28-75 2.8 and a 135 2.0 and I rent additional lenses/equipment on the day of.
I also have a Pentax K1000 film camera which I’ll use if you request it.
Do you have backup equipment?
Yes! I would never shoot a wedding without backup equipment!
Do you back up your images? When, where and how?
I back up my images multiple times to multiple locations as soon as I get home from your wedding.
How do you edit your photos?
I use Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop to edit. I cull my photos in Lightroom and do an intial edit for color, contrast and tone. Then those photos are run through Photoshop, where they get my special color recipe applied to make them look super awesome! I also make sure my favorites are perfect perfect — edit out things like stray hairs or Exit signs. You’ll see all these edited photos in your online gallery.
About your Photography Package:
Will I receive high resolution digital copies of my images?
It depends on whether or not it is included in the package you booked. If it is not included with your package, you have the option to purchase a DVD of your edited images ala carte!
How many photos can I expect in the final delivery?
This depends on how many hours you have booked and whether or not you’ve chosen to book a second shooter, but most of my couples will see 400-600 edited images in their gallery.
Can I request a 2nd shooter? How experienced is he/she?
Yes! I am happy to book a second shooter for you if you would like. My second shooters are all professional photographers with their own businesses and are very experienced. Occasionally, my husband will assist me on the wedding day, and he is also an experienced photographer. I will let you know in advance who your second shooter will be.
If we want to extend our coverage time at what rate will the time be billed?
When our scheduled time is up, I will ask you whether or not you are ready for me to leave. Additional coverage is billed at my regular hourly rate as quoted to you ahead of time, minus 10 percent if you booked my standard package.
After our event what is a normal timeline for delivery of the end product?
The first thing you will see after your wedding is a teaser photo posted on Facebook, usually within 1 week of your wedding. Within 4-6 weeks, I will e-mail you a link to a slideshow of my favorite 50 images. Within 48 hours of that, I will e-mail you a link to your password protected gallery with all your edited images, as well as a link to your pre-designed album. If you order an album, your album and DVD will be delivered to you in person 3-4 weeks later. If you don’t order an album, I’ll deliver your disc ASAP!
Do you shoot video snippets as well?
No, I’m sorry! My #1 goal is to get awesome still shots of your day, so I don’t divide my attention.
On the Wedding Day:
What makes you unique?
If time allows, I will visit your venue during the rehearsal to get an idea of how to move during the ceremony and get a look at the lighting. Most of the time I take a photojournalistic approach. I won’t ask you to do things over again or pause in the middle of zipping up your dress. With a few exceptions, I’ll stay out of your way. I’ve also been known to chip in and help with last-minute DIY projects and set up, if needed.
What do you do in case of rain?
It’s up to you! I am happy to shoot in the rain and carry a poncho for me and a dry bag for my camera. But if you’d rather not brave the weather, we can find a nice place inside for photos.
How comfortable are you giving us direction in portrait and group photo situations?
Very comfortable! It would be good for you to have someone in charge of rounding up friends and family members that you want in formal photos, however. I don’t know what everyone looks like.
How much input do you expect from us on possible shots?
If there is something you REALLY REALLY want, please tell me! I don’t usually work off a list, but if you are the type of person who is going to be disappointed if you didn’t get a shot of something specific, you should probably give me one. If you give me a list, I will use it. I generally play the wedding day by ear, so if you don’t set aside time for formals we won’t do them.
How flexible are you in terms of locations, props, posed vs candid, etc.?
I am very flexible! If you set aside time to travel to another location on the wedding day, I’d love to! The more time we have, the easier it is to take candid shots vs. posed. Like I said, I’m a go with the flow kinda girl. Just know that if you don’t take time for photos on your wedding day, you won’t end up with the best results you could have otherwise.
What do you do in low-light situations? Do you have examples of a shoot you did in a low-light situation?
My equipment is professional grade and is capable of handling low light situations. I shoot both with flash and without in low light. You can see an example of a low-light shoot here, but the camera I have now is even better!
What is your contingency plan in case of illness or emergency?
Unless I or someone in my immediate family is physically incapacitated, I will be at your wedding! I’m not going to skip out because I don’t feel well. If for some reason I cannot be there, I have a strong network of local photographers I could count on to fill in for me.
Well, that’s it for now. Any other questions you’d like me to answer? Any other questions a bride and groom should ask their potential photographer?