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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-13-2010, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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Wedding Photographer ?'s

Hey guys/gals,

I have a meeting with a photographer for my wedding in Oct. and was wondering what type of questions are good to ask?

I personally prefer a more photo journalistic style of approach for photos but other than that I have no idea what else to ask. Price/number of photos - what are some average rates and items included?

Any ideas/potential questions would be great. Thanks.



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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-13-2010, 04:23 PM
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Re: Wedding Photographer ?'s

What you're looking for is someone who tries to capture the "candid" shots more than posed.... I also prefer this.

Prices can vary A LOT. It all depends what you're looking for. Are you looking to have a professionally made "Wedding Album"? Are you looking for a ton of large pictures? Do you want to keep your proofs? How long is the photographer going to be at your wedding. Are they going to have an assistant?



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those are very good questions which I did not think of. I'll keep these in mind for our meeting.

Ideally, I would want to keep as much of the shots if possible. I don't mind paying for a bunch of photo edited shots but def want to keep the raw images so that I can PS them up later.

an assistant would also be key as they can also capture other angles and guests.

Any thoughts/comments on having video over on top of photos?



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Its unlikely that the photographer will give you the raw pictures. You are paying for a finished service, not picture taking to hand to you. At least I don't know of any photographers who would just hand over the raw images, even with finalized ones included.

I would ask to see samples from some of their other weddings. Personally I'd steer clear of anyone who is providing more then 100 pictures per hour (we are talking nearly 2 pictures a minute, not a lot of thought going in to taking those pictures!)

The rate should be by the hour, not by the picture.

Figure out how long you need the photographer for and what you want them to shoot. Many do getting ready, posed/candid shots in advance of the ceremony, ceremony and then reception. If you can, do some of the posed/candid couple and bridal party/immediate family shots before the wedding. My wife and I did about 3hrs of pictures in advance of the ceremony and let us get a whole slew of really great pictures. Otherwise our guests would have been stuck waiting for us at the reception for a long time after the ceremony (and it would have been more rushed and without day light as it was a 4:30 ceremony in early November).

For length of photographer need, find out if their rate is for the whole ceremony or a specific length, if a specific length find out if they will work for longer and what the hourly rate is beyond the basic.

Lastly find out what they need/want for food during the day. They gotta eat.
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Its unlikely that the photographer will give you the raw pictures. You are paying for a finished service, not picture taking to hand to you. At least I don't know of any photographers who would just hand over the raw images, even with finalized ones included.
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When I got married a couple years ago, I basically told the photographer "If I wasn't the one getting married, I'd be taking the pictures." He seemed to know where I was coming from as he went above and beyond on what he included with his normal package...in addition to a DVD with JPEG's of retouched prints (and a letter saying we can get prints made for personal use), he also threw in a couple DVDs of all the RAW files.

So I wouldn't say it's common for a photog to do that, but it does happen.

The other thing to ask the photographer is if they're OK with other photogs being there (either amateur or semi-pro). I did a little shooting at a friend's wedding not too long ago, and the whole time I was shooting I got the evil eye from the pro they had hired...I was shooting just for fun. (It's a good thing I was shooting, too, because it took 9 months for them to finally get the photos from the pro, and the pro had also missed some prime shot oppurtunities that I managed to get.)


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Make sure to ask-

WHO will actually be shooting the wedding. Just because you're hiring a photographer, doesn't mean they will be the one shooting your wedding. They could easily have an assistant photographer show up whose style is completely different from what you thought you were paying for.

WHAT are you getting for your money? How long will they cover the wedding and reception? Will they leave at exactly 9 PM, even if speeches/dances/whatever haven't happened yet? Will you get full-res digital images with a print release, and will it be all images or a certain quantity?(if not, you're at their mercy for prints which can be up to $100 for an 8x10) Will your prints be processed at a professional photo lab on archival quality paper(good) or will the photographer print them on his own inkjet printer (bad)? When will you receive proofs and when will you receive your digitial images/prints after the wedding? Will they include an e-session (engagement photos) in the package? How much do their prints cost? (actual print pricing can be very difficult to deciper from some photographers, and can vary a LOT. Many photographers make over 50% of their revenue off of their print sales on a wedding).

Other things-
Make sure you have a meal(s) for the photographer(s) at the reception and before the ceremony.

Make sure to at least get one extended family group shot, whether it's a more traditional/formal or contemporary shot. I've lost count at how many brides/grooms have contacted us a few months after their wedding to tell us how happy they were to get a group photo (even though many didn't think they needed it) because some grandma, grandpa, uncle, or whoever just died and they weren't able to see them after the wedding.

As far as pricing goes, it can vary greatly. In my area it can range anywhere from $1000 for an all day photographer with all full-res digital files handed over to $10,000+ with no digital files and two photogaphers that will likely be more drunk than any of your guests at the reception.


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thanks guys for your input. I have made notes and now have a pretty comprehensive list of questions to ask the photographer. This is the first meeting we have and have scheduled 2-3 more with other photog's so this info will be a tremendous help for the both of us.

I will relay the details once all has been explained to us. Thanks again.



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I have the same questions, since I have to deal with my wedding a year from now. But the fiance has pretty much taken that question over... she's even more of a photographer than I am, and the one thing she's crazy about is who will be the wedding photographer.
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^^ How much does she want to spend for a photographer...there are a lot of really good ones on the east coast

OR you can fly me and I'll do a half ass job and charge you just as much...I used to be a decent wedding photographer..so out of touch now..haha..

Questions constantly asked of me:

Do we get the negatives/RAW images
Do we have to pay up front
What is your cancellation policy
Do You have references ( a good photographer will)
What is your policy on if the images turn out poorly ( full refund and whatnot)
Do you offer Bare packages ( No prints just RAW/Negative and time)


Those are all tha tI can remember off the top of my head..I know I'm late to this party but I figured I toss my $.02 in..
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