Things To Consider When Choosing a Wedding Photographer
Level - Has this person photographed other weddings?
Does he/she do this for a living or for fun?
Style - Are the images that you are shown, what you
would like to see? There are "buzz" words flying about
everywhere about photojournalism, formal, classic candid,
and so on. Do you want a mixture of black and white or
only colour photos?
in Advertising - Is this the photographer that will
be photographing your wedding or will they send in whomever
is available. Don't be shocked, this happens more often
than you can imagine. Be certain that you know which photographer
is going to be there and that you see HIS/HER work and
meet with that individually face to face.
- Is the photographer that you meet someone that you can
get along with? Is the "chemistry" there?
- Ask the photographer how he/she intends to dress. Is
this person well groomed?
Range - Although, the last thing you want to do is
shop by price, is this person within your budget? If not,
is he or she worth the price difference? Make sure you
understand what everything costs, including reprints and
- How long does it take to get your proofs back, thank
you cards, your finished album, your bridal portrait,
- Whether it's a la carte or a package, do you understand
what you are getting? Is there any room for changes and
will it cost to do so? Sometimes the packages are fixed,
sometimes they can be customized, in any case, ask. How
much time will he/she spend? What if you need more time?
Make sure that you know what's coming.
- Do you understand the contract. Is it fair? Is everything
spelled out? When it comes down going to court, only what
is WRITTEN really counts, not what was promised. Make
sure that you have no doubts before signing. Read it ALL.
about deposits and payments? What does it say about
cancellations and the photographer not being there? If
the photographer protests, ask him why? This is one area
NOT to take lightly. You could be disappointed for a long
- A personal reference is always the best and people love
to talk. Get a list of references from the photographer
and check them out personally. A photographer who doesn't
have references or is afraid to give them to you may not
be the person that you need to hire.
Questions: (some questions may be repeated
from the list above)
you shot a wedding at my location before?
you have an assistant?
you have backup equipment and is it the same quality
as the primary equipment?
time will you begin and how long will you stay until?
will the proofs be ready?
we get to keep the proofs?
you mark your proofs?
and how are your proofs marked?
much extra for unmarked proofs?
we get to keep our negatives?
long do you keep the negatives and will you sell them
you use high speed film to expose natural light?
you have tele-photo and wide-angle lenses?
you work well with the other vendors? i.e.: coordinators,
you work from a photo checklist that we create?
will you be dressed?
you process and develop your own film and prints?
goes on the all important contract?
name of your photographer
time that he/she arrives and leaves
number of proofs you will view in order to pick your
enlargements and/or keep
description of the package you ordered
list of guaranteed prices for enlargements. If they
have a brochure with prices then get the photographer
to write down that the prices on the brochure they gave
you are the prices that you will be charged.
cutoff date for these brochure prices.
additional charges, services, taxes, travel, etc...
Get the exact cost on the contract.
explanation of what happens if your photographer doesn't
date and deposit amount and how much is still owing.
name, address and phone number. The names and addresses
of the ceremony and reception locations.