The Belfast wedding photographer has been asked time and time again about what should be asked and expected of a competent professional. I believe that with these simple set of questions you can narrow down your search for that photographer by the answers that they provide. Remember the last thing you want is your photographer packing up and going home, when you thought they were going to be there all night. So put these questions to any photographer before you sign on the line for their services.
Questions to Ask:
1: What kind of style do you shoot?
Find a style that suits you and you are comfortable with. Photo Journalism is all the rage at the moment. But this can mean many things to many people. Be sure and clarify.
2: How long have you photographed weddings?
Obviously the longer the better you would think. Remember there a lot of up and coming talented photographers out there with their own unique style. This is evident in the portfolio they will show you at the first meeting. So if there is a particular photographer you like ask for references from previous clients.
3: What packages do you offer?
Be absolutely clear on this. Ask for a breakdown of each package offered. Check if there are extra costs such as an online gallery, or additional prints. This will avoid any nasty invoices appearing after the honeymoon. Remember to make sure you know when the photographer is leaving in case you want an extra shot and he's already gone.
4: Are you insured?
All professional photographers will have Public Liability and Professional Indemnity.
5: What happens if you fall ill on the day of the shoot?
The photographer should have a back up photographer who is available to shoot your wedding at the drop of a bouquet. This is just a precaution and happens very rarely, but it's good to know.
6: What happens if it's raining cats and dogs on the day and we can not take shots outside?
The weather can play havoc with your special shots. Ask the photographer does he have an alternative plan for this eventuality. They should be able to provide lighting equipment to take shots inside at the reception. Umbrellas are a staple piece of kit for wedding photographers, so do not be afraid to get out there and enjoy the rain.
7: Can I give you a list of the photographs I would like?
Of course !. The photographer should ask for this list at your initial meeting. Make sure to point out any potential conflicts when organizing groups. If Auntie Annie does not like Uncle Ted let the photographer know so he does not put them together and end up with two faces like thunder in your special group shots.
8: Are you the Photographer who will shoot my wedding, if not who will be taking my wedding photographs?
Some larger photo studios will have a number of photographers shooting a number of weddings at any one time. Ask to meet your photographer, that way you can build up a rapport with them. This is very important to help you relax on the day.
9: How many photos will we be shown on the proof sheets?
This varies from one photographer to another. You should be expecting to see at least 250 shots to pick from.
10: How long will it be before if see the proofs of the wedding?
Times vary depending on the wedding photographer's workload. But a reasonable time would be one to two weeks after the honeymoon. Remember these are the proofs for you to pick for your album.
There are many more questions you may wish to ask after these ten.
If you would a comprehensive two page list of "Questions to ask wedding photographers" feel free to email the Belfast wedding photographer at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call.