Today’s insightful guest post comes to us from TinyPhoto, a Singapore based event photography agency specialising in photo booth, event photography and videography. Enjoy!
After shortlisting two or three photographers schedule a meeting with them to see if you feel comfortable around them. They might be well experienced and highly skilled but if the comfort level is not there then there is no point in hiring that photographer. You must be at ease and enjoy yourself while being photographed. To get great shots that comfort level is very important. Before choosing the photographer, ask these questions.
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Are you the photographer who will be shooting my wedding?
Sometimes, when you approach a photography company, the person you speak with won’t be the actual photographer. You need to meet the photographer who will be covering your event and not anybody else. So schedule a meeting with the actual photographer without fail.
What is your photography style?
Most wedding photographers will be adept at different styles. But make sure that they are skilled in portraiture, which is of utmost importance, especially for a wedding. You can even ask him to show the pictures of weddings he previously covered so that you will be able to get a better idea about his work.
Will the photos be color balanced or retouched?
To make pages look perfect these are the techniques magazines use. If you want to look picture-perfect in your wedding pics make sure that the photographer will buff up all your photos so that they will look spotless.
How long have you been working as a wedding photographer and how many weddings do you cover in a year?
Experience counts. Only experienced photographers will know how to get those shots under pressure. To get amazing wedding photos, you only have one chance so ask the right questions.
What exactly will you shoot on the day?
What you want to be captured should be conveyed to your wedding photographer. The big kiss during the wedding ceremony and the cake cutting pictures are a must. In addition, you might want the guests’ reactions, your parents’ face as you’re pronounced husband and wife, etc. So let your photographer know what you exactly want.
Does your package include videography and photo booths?
Photo booths are quite popular these days as they can add some fun element to the formal event. Your guests will be able to see their pictures on the spot and even share it on social media. Some of the photography companies give photo booths as an add-on to their photography package or else you can get a photo booth hire. Check if they will charge extra for videography. These details will help you compare costs to get the best value.
How many hours of coverage do we get? What is the charge for overtime?
You’ll be able to plan the hours accordingly if overtime is going to cost you a lot. If your photographer charges a huge hourly rate you may not be able to book him for an entire day. You will have to ask them to leave after the cake cutting ceremony. Or, to pay a little more upfront you may opt for a longer package.
How long after the wedding do we get to see the photos?
The wait can be pretty agonizing. Everyone would love to see photos ASAP. You can manage your expectations if you know in advance that photos will reach you only after a few weeks.
Have you ever shot at my venue before?
If the photographer is familiar with the venue he will know the lighting needs. If he is working at the venue for the first time he may have to check it out before the function.
What type of paper will you use for the prints and album?
Your wedding photographs should last a lifetime. See to it that the photos are printed on acid-free paper.
This article is written by Manu Vipin, who has worked as a features writer for some of the leading newspapers in India like The Times of India and The New Indian Express. “Questions to ask before hiring a wedding photographer” was posted by the author on behalf of Tiny Photo, which is a leading Singapore photo booth. To learn more about TinyPhoto, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile.