Saturday, May 3, 2008

What questions do I ask my wedding photographer?

Do you know what to ask your wedding photographer?

Its crucial to ask the right questions when picking a photographer for your wedding or event. There are many concerns you may have when selecting a wedding photographer. First, you should like the style and displayed pictures that you've seen from that photographer. Next, you need a photographer that can also fit within your budget. If you are in love with a certain photographer's work but they won't budge on the price, you'll have to cut costs somewhere else.

Above and beyond these questions, be sure to find a photographer you have chemistry with. After all, you are going to be spending a lot of time with this person. You should be comfortable and at ease with who ever you choose.

1. Do you have photos of entire weddings that I can see?
2. Do you have references I can call?
3. Do you post the proofs online, or will I receive negatives/CD?
4. Who will be photographing my wedding?
5. When will my proofs, prints, and wedding album be available?
6. How many pictures will you take?
7. What happens if you show up late or can’t make it to the wedding?
8. Can I see a sample contract?
9. Are you part of any professional associations,
or do you have extra training in your field?
10. Do you have liability insurance?
11. What type of cameras do you use, and will you have any backups in case something breaks or doesn’t work?
13. What do you charge for overtime/travel?
14. How long does that gallery stay online?
15. What kind of equipment do you use?
16. Will you book another wedding for my day?
17. How far in advance do we need to make a deposit and hire you?
18. What resolution image CD do you provide?
19. What is your cancellation policy?
20. Do you work alone or have an assistant or second shooter? How much is a second

Any professional photographer should be happy to answer these or any questions you ask. Before you finalize any contract, be sure to carefully read everything that is written in it. Clarify everything you discussed and want is in the contract, or you won't be guaranteed to receive it. Pay attention to the time constraints, travel, and other items in the package so you know what to expect. Overestimate the time period needed because of travel requirements or if you're running late. Often couples should expect to add another 2 hours on for photographer than what they have planned for the day. This will take away some of the worry so you can enjoy the big day.

Overall, as long as you like the photographer's style, price, and personality (professionalism), your wedding pictures should turn out beautifully.

Contact Erik R. Soto Photography

We would love to answer any questions you may have about your upcoming wedding.

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