10 Questions to ask your Wedding Photographer.
Let's face it, hiring your Wedding Photographer can seem like a daunting task. It is also a very important one. After all, the photos taken of your special day should be something you love and want to pass down from generation to generation.
Having said that, I've put together a list of the 10 things you should ask your Wedding Photographer.
1. What is your photography style?
Obviously it's important to know your potential photographers shooting style. If you are the type of person that likes a more traditional and posed wedding photography, a journalistic style photographer might not be a good fit for you and visa versa.
At W. Parmentier Photography, we shoot journalistically. This means we work hard to let the day unfold and stay out of site as much as possible. We take pride in telling the story of your special day. That is why we take the time to get to know you before the special day. This way we will know your likes as dislikes and be more able to tell the story of your wedding in a way that you'll want to show people again and again.
2. How many photographers are included with my package?
If you are hoping to have all the special moments of your day captured, this is important. A single photographer cannot be multiple places at once, so if you wish to have photos of the bride getting ready as well as the Groom getting ready, (Especially if they are at different venues), you'll want to ensure there are at least 2 photographers scheduled for the day.
Packages 1 & 2 only include 1 photographer and Packages 3 & 4 include a second shooter.
3. Do you offer a contract?
It's always a good idea to have a written contract prior to the event. This helps to set expectations ahead of time. Both parties are better protected when one is used. If your potential photographer doesn't offer a contract, you should view this as a red flag.
4. Will I have the digital and printing rights to my photos?
This is important. You need to know who will retain the right and if you will be able to go a print photos on your own should you wish.
We at W.Parmentier Photography offer a custom gallery with low-res images with the rights to post on any social media you should see fit. Our packages can have High-Res Images with printing rights added to any package through our A la Carte offerings.
5. How long after the Wedding can I expect my photos?
Asking this question up front will help to set expectations. There is nothing worse than assuming you will have your photos more quickly than the photographer can edit and get them back to you.
Our average wait time for finished photos run between 4-6 weeks. Typically we will get them to you sooner, but could go as long as 6 weeks during busier times of the year.
6. When is the retainer due and when are final payments to be made?
Again, this is another important area to set expectations up front. How and when payments are due will help to move the whole process along smoothly.
When it comes to retainer fees, we ask that 50 percent of the total package is due at the time of booking. The remainder is due 7 days before the actual date of the event.
7. Do you shoot more than one wedding per day?
There are photographers that will book multiple weddings in one day. In the case of multiple weddings in one day, a timeline must be firmly established just in case a previous wedding that day should go over expected timeframe. This is a protection for you as well as your photographer.
W.Parmentier Photography will never book more than one wedding in a day. This frees us up to be able to ensure your day is covered in a timely manner and we would be available should things go beyond the original scope of the original contract.
8. Have you ever shot at my venue before?
While this is not necessarily a make or break thing, this would be helpful as your photographer may have some helpful ideas for the big day if they have shot there before.
While we have photographed weddings at many different venues, we will make every effort to visit the venue ahead of time to make sure we are as prepared as possible to capture every moment of your big day as beautifully as possible.
9. How many hours does your package provide?
This will help when it comes time to schedule out the time frame for your big day. There is nothing worse than coming up short on your timeline of events and having to either miss out on important parts of your photography or having to pay for additional hours for your photographer.
We offer packages that start at 2 hours with one shooter all the way up to 8 hours with two shooters. Extra hours can be added to any package at an additional cost of $200 per hour. We can also work with you to put together a custom package.
10. Do you prefer couples do a first look?
First looks have been becoming more popular as of late. For those of you who do not know what a First Look is, it is a photo op where we photograph the couple getting to see each other for the first time before the ceremony.
While we are fine with this or the tradition couples photos as part of the formals, please bare in mind that the couples photos take roughly 35-40 minutes. If this is done prior to the ceremony, this will allow the couple more time to mingle with their guests during the reception. This will also allow us more time to capture the spontaneous moments that happen during the reception.
Ultimately, your photographer should be able to work with you to help you best coordinate your big day so you can maximize the quality and quantity of photos while giving you more time to enjoy your big day.
If you are interested in setting up a free consultation so we can determine if we would be a good fit for your special day, please feel free to contact us by clicking on the link below.