36 Answers from a Wedding Photographer, Part 3
Last set of questions answered from Bride’s 36 Important Questions To Ask Your Wedding Photographer.
Do you shoot digitally? With film? Or both?
Most photographers I know shoot digital, and would probably advertise if they shot in film. I personally shoot all digital.
Do you offer a photo booth?
While photobooths are a lot of fun, they do require attention during the evening and could potentially distract your photographer from capturing the rest of the wedding if something goes wrong, or if your guests need help using it. Unless your photographer brings along an assistant to run it, I’d recommend looking for a separate vendor for the photobooth fun.
Do you offer retouching, color adjustment, or other corrective services? Are those included or an additional charge?
For me, I always make sure every image matches my aesthetic requirements, which very rarely means an images goes through what’s called “post-processing” untouched. At a minimum this means all my images are color corrected and has exposure tweaked as needed. I also will remove distracting elements from backgrounds like power lines, but my goal is to compose my shot right the first time so that I’m spending as little time making adjustments like this as possible. As far as retouching goes, my style is all about capturing real people in real environments, so I will not do any facial retouching for that reason. If you are looking for someone with magazine or editorial retouching skill who will make those changes, make sure this is one of the first questions you ask them.
Can we order prints or albums directly from you?
It’s pretty common that photographers have connections with labs or their own printing gear to make high-quality prints that will stand the test of time. While it’s nice to have access to digitals to do your own printing, photographers know how to prepare their images so that they print exactly how they expect them to. Iwork with a digital lab that allows me to make prints and albums that will last for generations,so they make an awesome family heirloom.
What type of album do you offer? Do you provide assistance selecting images and designing the album?
If you do decide to go the album printing route, definitely make sure you’re collaborating with your photographer during the process. There are a lot of great apps out there that allow you to see previews of albums before they go to the printers. And this is doubly true since printing an album is not a cheap endeavor - I haven’t seen an album come from a photographer that goes for less that $900.
Are albums or prints included in your packages? How many pages or prints are included, and what is the turnaround time?
Normally it will be very clear what prints or albums are included in packages, for me I approach them as an add-on service. Not everyone needs or is in a place financially to print their images, and that’s ok. One thing I always tell my clients is that if they decided they would like to make prints with me down the road, they can always reach out to me later.
How long after the wedding will we receive the images? How will they be delivered?
This should be something that you’re very very clear on with your photographer, especially if your wedding is right in the middle of peak wedding season. For me, I tell my clients 4-6 weeks before final images will be ready. I try to get images done and shared way before that, but if every weekend is booked with wedding’s that is pretty accurate on how much time it will take me to do.
Will we have the rights to the images?
“Rights to images” assumes that you’ll have full access to high res images to do as you like with them, from printing to even just sharing online. This will definitely vary depending on your photographer, but for myself I give rights to “social media” sharing sized images to use as you please. These images are best suited for sharing online, but you can get away with printing small images with files this size. For the best results you’ll want to get access to high-res images for printing, which you can purchase anytime from your online gallery.
Will we receive the negatives and/or high resolution digital images? Is there a fee for that?
Kind of in line with my answer above (and this answer will always vary between photographers), hi resolution images are always available to download or print for a fee. The reason for that is these images are so valuable in how many ways they can be used an printed, I find that charging for them actually motivates people to print their photos instead of having them sit in a digital form for all eternity.
Will the images be accessible online? For how long?
One thing I can say for sure is that hosting galleries online is EXPENSIVE. I am still on the hunt for an affordable way to keep galleries online indefinitely that still has a great user experience, but until that day comes I have galleries available anywhere from 3-6 months before they’re archived. I can always reupload galleries on request for an extra fee, and that option will be available for life. I call it my “in case of fire or catastrophic storage failure” policy (I need a catchier name for that).
Will you have any assistants with you on our wedding day?
Most photographers I know in Vermont have an assistant just to help with the logistics of carrying all that gear around. There are a few of us who don’t, either because we don’t have a ton of gear we need access to at all times, or it just doesn’t mesh with our style Assistants are great but aren’t an indicator of how well the photog will capture your day. I for one may not have an assistant if it’s a small wedding, but may hire one for a bigger one. It all depends on the conversation we’ll have together.
How will you and your assistants be dressed?
Comfy! And also neutral. I’m there to blend in and be ready for anything.
Can we request a list of specific shots we would like?
I’m all about getting to know you and your hopes and dreams for the day, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re going to go and recreate photos you’ve seen on Pintrest shot for shot. Now don’t get me wrong, I love going on Pintrest to get inspired, but capturing you as a couple and truly representing who you are is so much more powerful than recreating a photo that’s been done before. Let’s be unique and have fun doing it!
Will you be posting about our wedding on your website and social media? Will you be submitting our photos to magazines or blogs?
Heck yeah I will! I get so excited about the shots I capture I want to share it with everyone I can. I try to do a blog post for each of my weddings, as well as sharing my favorite shots on my social media pages. I try to make sure I get my couple’s social media handles so they can get tagged in the fun!