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Ask the Right Questions!
Questions to ask when meeting with a prospective photographer for the first time:
1. How many years of experience do you have photographing weddings?
2. What credentials do you have pertaining to photography (education and/or training)?
3. Describe your photography style (traditional, avant-garde, photojournalistic, etc.)?
4. Do you belong to any professional associations or organizations specific to photography?
5. May I see a portfolio of your work from a variety of weddings?
6. Do you have back-up equipment? What happens if you get sick and are unable to photograph my wedding?
7. Could you discuss the different photography packages? How many photos are included? Are retouching and color correction services provided?
8. When will I receive a written contract from you?
9. Do you have liability insurance in case something goes wrong?
10. Could you provide me with a referral list and reviews (such as a bride’s thank-you note)?
with you and your groom, as well as your family and friends throughout your wedding day.
Ready, Set, Shoot
Once you decide upon a photogra- pher, Scott recommends signing a con- tract that spells out exactly what the agreements are, the packages and products, and what happens if some- thing goes wrong. A professional photog- rapher will have backup gear if their camera doesn’t work or a backup photog- rapher if they happen to get sick on your wedding day.
After the contract has been signed, a professional photographer will meet with a bride and groom to go over a detailed shot list, Scott explains. Essen- tially the game plan for the wedding pho- tography, the shot list will ensure you that no important photos or moments will be missed during all the commotion and excitement of the big day. It gives you a clear understanding of who, what, where, when and how all the special moments and photos need to be cap- tured. If you want a shot added to the list, don’t be afraid to speak up and share your ideas.
Remember to think of your wedding photography in terms of an investment. Your photographs serve as a record of your wedding day and will hold even more significance many years from now for you and your family.
“Professional photographers have been trained to think of themselves as preservationists,” Yates says. “For exam- ple, a professional photographer will keep digital files of your photos in case your wedding album gets dam- aged or lost. On your wedding day and years later, a professional photogra- pher is truly dedicated to preserving your memories.” §
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