I’d like to introduce to you Brittany from Beaux and Belles– she is A Well Crafted Sponsor and has taken the opportunity to guest post here on the blog. If you haven’t been over to Beaux and Belles, but you love parties, then you should hop on over. Brittany features events, party trends, and tons of inspiration. Today she is sharing her tips on choosing the perfect wedding photographer.
Determining which photographer to choose for your wedding or event can seem like a very daunting task. With these questions, you will be prepared and well-equipped to make the right decision!
What do you do to make your images unique?
Why are you an events photographer?
What is your photographic approach/style?
Are you full-time or do you hold another job as well?
Do you have a portfolio I can review and may I have a list of references?
Have you ever photographed my venue before? If not, will you do a site inspection before?
Have you ever worked with my other vendors?
Can I provide you with a “must-have pics” list or inspiration board?
Do I feel a connection with this photographer? Am I comfortable?
Does the photographer listen well and address my wishes?
Do you have my date(s) available?
How far in advance do I need to book with you?
Can I see a sample contract?
What travel fees do you charge if my venue is out of your area?
Are you photographing any other events on the same day?
If my event lasts longer than expected, will you stay longer? Do you charge extra?
What packages do you offer and can I customize it?
How much is the deposit? Do you offer a payment plan?
Do you have liability insurance?
What is your refund/cancellation policy?
What time will you arrive and for how long will you shoot?
What do you suggest as a timeline for the day?
How many photographers will be at my wedding and who are they?
How many pictures will you take?
Do you bring an assistant to the event?
How will you be dressed? (Should be professional.)
What information do you need from me before the event day?
How extensively do you edit images for the final album?
What does the final product look like? (album, digital CD, etc.)
How long after the event will I receive the photos?
How long are online copies available for viewing/ordering?
I hope you found this post helpful in your search for the perfect photographer. The most important thing is to find a photographer that is professional and that you are comfortable working with. And don’t worry about bombarding the photographer with these questions – most photographers have a lot of information in brochures and on their website that can help you find the answers to each of these questions before you even set up an appointment!
About the Author: Brittany Ryan is the founder and editor of the event planning blog, Beaux and Belles: An Event Planning Blog. It is an inspiration and reference site for all things related to event management and entertaining. At Beaux & Belles, you can find everything from tabletop settings for the home to stunning layouts and visual displays for the weddings and corporate events. On a more personal note, Brittany uses this space as her creative outlet to document her journey towards becoming a certified Event Planner. Brittany currently caters to the DFW community. With every event, Brittany’s aim is to plan something that is meaningful, memorable, classy, and fun! In her spare time, Brittany enjoys fine dining, traveling, a glass of red wine, and creating fond memories with loved ones.