Hiring a wedding photographer is one of the most important steps you will take in your planning process.
Note: This post was accurate at the time of writing in 2015. Please Contact me about specific questions, or read the regularly updated FAQ Page.
While matching up your personal tastes with the artistic styling of photographer is the first step, personality is equally as important. I do mean equal. If you cannot be comfortable with your photographer than its not a good match. Meet with your photographer in person if at all possible – if not get a facetime or Skype convo going to determine if the photographer is someone that you can hang out with for 8 or 10 hours (or more!) in one stretch, because trust me; we don’t leave your side for more than a few minutes! Here are some of my most frequently asked questions from past clients.
Q: Do you get up close during the ceremony? A: I make all efforts to maintain a distance during the ceremony. I use a 70-200mm lens for most of the ceremony – this focal length is usually enough to keep back a fair bit. It is my goal that you and your guests don’t really know I’m there, or at least do not feel I’m intruding.
Q: Do we get the digital files? A: YES! I know this is an important to people today. My pricing for 2015/2016 is built to include the high resolution files on DVD or USB and many package options include an art piece, which is really important to me as an artist.
Q: How many images will we get? A: I will always give your story as it unfolded; and select quality over quantity. While initially many people think they would like 1000 images in high res; the truth is they seldom look at the bulk of the images, and prefer to show off their favourites on social media and in their home. Full day coverage usually produces around 400 final images.
Q: Where and when should we do our engagement session: A:This is entirely up to you! Your complimentary engagement session is a way for us to have some fun and get to know one another and help you get comfortable in front of the camera. I’m always open to ideas for where and when we hold the shoot, but whatever we decide it’s best if it reflects your style and love for each other. I can plan out the whole thing if you are open to ideas. We want good light, and my favourite time to day to shoot is “Golden Hour” just before sunset, but I’ll shoot day or night! This being said if you would like to make an album or book of your images its best to book it several months in advance.
Q: How long do we wait for our wedding pictures: A: This one is important to me too. I really like to deliver in a timely manner. The time depends on the coverage you choose, as well as the season. I do not like to book more than 12 weddings annually but late summer/fall is by far my most popular season so work load is a little higher. In any event I like to ensure that you have your images within 8 weeks, but please understand if it takes closer to 10. I provide a sneak peek on my blog post asap to curb your excitement (a little!) and allow you to share with your friends and family while I take the time to process your images to the quality I expect from myself.
Q: What do you wear to weddings: A: I love fashion, and love dressing up. I keep my look understated, professional, yet comfortable so that I can work and feel like Im being myself. My attire will suit your venue/event, without standing out.
I hope these answers help you with hiring a wedding photographer.
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