If you want something done, perhaps you would ask a professional to do it. Someone who costs a lot but is worth more than they charge. Someone who shows up even when she doesn’t feel like it. Someone who stands behind her work, gets better over time and is quite serious indeed about the transaction.
Or perhaps you could hire a passionate amateur. That’s a forum leader doing it for love, not money. An obsessive in love with the craft. A talented person willing to trade income for the chance to do what he loves, with freedom.
Please, though, don’t hire someone who just thinks it’s a job. This category represents the majority of your options, and this category is what gives work a bad name.
– Seth Godin
As a photographer shooting a wedding professionally is a challenging task and involves precision and consistency. Being photographer doesn’t end in technical skills and knowing his gear by heart. A photographer should have broad knowledge with ever changing situation in the actual wedding day whenever things doesn’t go according to plan.
It’s important to make an appointment with your photographer so you can view their portfolio and know their photography style. Discussing details of your event in person is vital to ensure that your photographers personality complements you on your wedding day. Remember you will be interacting with this person all day under what most likely be a stressful situation. You may ask some of these questions, in order to make an informed decision.
Questions to ask your Wedding Photographer
- How many weddings do the photographer had captured already?
- Does the photographer ever shot a wedding on your chosen venue?
- Does the photographer know the rules of your church/religious ceremony?
- Why did he chose wedding as his photography genre? This will reveal the photographers passion and interest.
- Ask whether the service offers package or a’la carte. You should have a good understanding of what specifically you will get for your investment. Example: hours of coverage, digital copies, photo album and pricing.
- Who will be photographing the event and how many photographer will be covering your event. Style will vary depending on photographer style.
- Do you have back up equipment and supplemental lighting. Electronic equipment crashes when you least expected. Using excessive lighting can ruin the ambiance of your wedding.
- Number of images included, variation of photos, Example: black and white, color, vintage?
- Time allocations for formal portraits, close family members, VIP guest?
- Are engagement sessions included in the pricing level described?
- When will the proofs be ready for viewing?
- What is the required deposit and when is the balance due?
When you made a decision and have chosen your wedding photographer for your memorable wedding event, make sure to fully singed the contract. This is to protect your interest and to avoid problems after your wedding and remember to smile and enjoy your special day.