Wedding photographs are shares decades after the event, with friends and family members for generations to come. You want you photographs to match your beautiful memories. To help you ensure that you hire the right photographer for you, we have experts from Visual Appeal Studios, serving New Jersey, Connecticut and New York, here to give us an insider's guide to interviewing potential photographers. They have even provided us with a printable interview worksheet! Keep reading to learn the questions you need to ask:
We recommend meeting your photographer in person. While it’s a whole lot easier to chat via email or telephone meeting your photographer in person lets you get to know this person. After all they’ll be with you for the entire duration of your wedding you’re probably going to want to get along with them. Set up a meeting with your photographer, have a cup of coffee or even a light lunch and get to know them. During this meeting is a good time to learn about them and about their services.
First we’ll start with some basic questions:
▪ Do you have our wedding date available?
▪ How long have you been in business? How many years have you been photographing weddings?
▪ What type of equipment do you use? Digital? Film?
▪ What is included with your services? Engagement sessions, meetings, albums, rights to print?
▪ How long is it until we can see the final images? How do we see them?
▪ Do you offer any products such as prints and albums? What is the pricing for those products?
▪ Have you worked with our wedding planner/venue/videographer/etc. before?
All of the above are important questions to seek answers for. Here are a few more that, in our experience, couples don’t know they should be asking.
Question: How would you describe your style? Do you use natural light, flash or a mix of both?
Why you want to know: You can look at a photographers work and begin to see their style. Some photographers use vintage processing, bright realistic colors or many black & white images. Photos can be candid, staged, formal, or informal. Finding out what image style your photographer likes to shoot gives you the knowledge how your photos will turn out. Image style goes hand in hand with the photographers working style. Some photographers shoot strictly photojournalistic while others stage many shots throughout the day. It is important to know what the photographer shoots and make sure it blends with your ideas for your wedding. If you like candid and unpredicted images a photographer who works in a photojournalistic style will stay to the side and not impact the flow of your day. If you are interested in traditional images you might like a photographer who takes control of the situation. Or maybe you prefer a little of both, look for someone who shoots to the side and still includes the formal attributes you’re looking for.
You will want to know if your photographer shoots natural light or flash in the instance that your wedding is planned for mid –day or if you are planning to have a dimly lit reception. From about 12p to 3p is the harshest light of the day meaning that heavy shadows will be seen and a photographer working with flash will know how to balance out the dark and the light. A flash shooter will also be able to capture the action in a dimly lit reception. Natural light photographers have their advantages too. Being able to capture soft toned images and minimal disruption are nice. There’s something to be said about the image style of natural light photographs. Maybe someone well rounded with both is perfect for you.
Click here to continue reading about the seven remaining interview questions. Or you can print out this Photographer Interview Worksheet. Also, make sure you read our numerous posts on hiring wedding photographers, along with inspirational pictures by some of our favorite photographers.
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