5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

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5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

Are you looking for the perfect photographer? The search for the wedding photographer that’s the right fit for you can sometimes be difficult. As with other wedding venues, you want to make sure you choose someone who is able to deliver quality service. On the other hand, photographers are a lot different from other vendors with the exception of wedding planners and day of coordinators. Here’s why, we’re with you the entire day, from start to finish. It’s important that the photography company you choose provides with exceptional customer service, photographs, AND “gets” you.

Having a hard time choosing through the many thousands of photographers? One of the best ways to help you narrow down your search and find the photographer of your dreams is to ask your potential wedding photographer questions.

5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

In fact, I feel this is the perfect resource to help you confirm you’re making the best decision on your wedding day. 

1. “How would you describe your style?”

After a quick internet search, you’ll soon realize that there’s tons of photography lingo and ‘styles’ so to speak. It’s important to find a photographer whose work resonates with you. You’re likely to encounter a plethora of different photographers and styles alike. For instance: light and airy, classic (with colors and tones as you see them), dark and moody, and photojournalistic (storytelling) are just a few. Some photographers may provide a variety of styles while others may only provide clients with one option.

I’d describe our wedding style as vibrant and timeless with hints of contrast and mood. Your wedding photos will be a mix of natural and traditional posing, and photojournalistic/candid images. However, as a visual artist, I’d say we primarily focus on storytelling.

2. “Will you edit my images, and if so what does it include?”

Some photographers will photograph your wedding day and then provide you with the SD card to worry about culling and editing the images yourselves. However, other photographers like me, will edit, cull, and do basic processing of your images before providing them to you.  If you’re wanting to remove large objects or a visible tattoo in more than 100 photographs, you will most likely incur an additional fee to cover the photographer’s time,  expertise, and possible outsourcing.

Your images will receive basic processing and enhancements which includes: Culling (Sorting and organizing your images to provide you with the very best photos. This includes removing the blinks, outtakes and images you’re guaranteed to not want to see.), color-corrections, cropping, black and white conversions, and white balance.

3. “What collections are available and what is included?”

You’ll definitely want to know what your wedding collection includes, that way there are no issues on or after your wedding day. What happens when your photographer arrives to capture your event, and they leave after 4 hours but you thought all day coverage was included.

It may seem like a no-brainer, but a lot of couples are afraid ask questions in fear of offending the business owner. When in doubt, ask. Trust me, no professional  should be offended by questions in the wedding industry (and photography) because we’ve seen it all. Remember this is your day and you have every right to get as many details as possible.

The number of hours in coverage varies and all of our products such as albums, wall art and portrait sessions are a la carte. With that being said, each of our wedding collections include:

  • continuous coverage
  • digital files,  and a print release to print your photos wherever you’d like.

*Finally, as a word of caution, if the deal seems too good to be true, it may be. It never hurts to conduct some research of your own. Too many red flags is always a bad sign.

4. “Do you have a list of certain images you take? Can we create our own list?”

First off, many pofessional wedding photographers will never walk into your wedding day unprepared. You’ll most likely need to complete a Pre-Wedding Questionnaire that includes a shot or image list for you to complete usually a few weeks or even months before your wedding.

It’s common for some couples to leave all of the trust with their photographer. I try my best to capture every image we’ll need to tell your love story from beginning to end. Equally important though, is your input on shots that you would like to place the most priority on. You should also make sure to include the names and relationship details of close guests. For example, divorced and remarried parents who don’t speak, or your 90 year old grandmother who flew in from out-of-state.

Our recommended shot or image list would include these items:

  • Pre-ceremony (getting ready, details),
  • ceremony (walking down the aisle),
  • formals (family, group, partners),
  • reception (first dance, cake-cutting, guests).

Although not all weddings might have a reception or mother-son dance, this is our general shot list. Furthermore, you are always more than welcome to create and provide us with your own list.

5. “How long after the wedding will my images be ready to view, and how will they be delivered?

Soon after your wedding day, you’ll be extremely anxious to view all your images from the big day. I mean seriously, who wouldn’t? Even in such a digital age of social media where many guests will share their cell phone shots on Facebook or Instagram, there’s nothing like gorgeous photos from an experienced professional. 

With that being said, turnaround time expectations on wedding images has to be one the most common issue I’ve seen brides have. Some photographers may deliver your photos via an online gallery, CD, or USB within 6-8  weeks. On the other hand, you could possibly expect your wedding photographer to deliver your images within 12-18 weeks. Because turnaround times vary per photographer, it’s important for you to review your contract prior to booking or ask your desired wedding photographer beforehand. 

Currently, our turnaround time for having your images ready is between 6-8 weeks. To help curb the anxiety and go weeks without viewing any of your images, we’ll post a few sneak peeks for you. Although it may be rare, if additional time is needed to edit and deliver your wedding images, we will let you know. 

What’s more, all of your images will be edited (cropped, color corrected, with some black and white conversions) and delivered via an online gallery. From your gallery, you will also be able to download your images and print release to print them at any lab of your choosing. In addition, should you, your family or friends decide to purchase an heirloom quality album or wall art, you may do so directly through the gallery.

5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer in Closing

Okay Lovebirds, that completes our post on the “5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer”. In brief, you should ask your photographer

  1. to describe their style,
  2. if your images will be edited,
  3. collection or package information and what’s included
  4. about their shot list to check their preparation and/or experience
  5. for their turnaround time on image delivery.

Furthermore, CONGRATS on your engagement! Naturally, as a traveling Houston-based and destination wedding photographer, I pride myself on providing you with valuable information. I’d love to help you out and capture your wedding or elopement. You can get in touch with me by completing the contact form here. 

Did you like this advice on 5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer? If so, leave us a comment below. Would you add any additional questions? I hope these questions help you in your search for finding and confirming the perfect wedding photographer for you. We’d love to hear your feedback. 

Finally, if you have any questions, send us an email or leave a comment here. Most importantly, please remember that I’m here to help!

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6. Remember the location. If your session location is in a grassy area or field, I recommend wearing the color green sparingly. Wearing green as a primary color when you’re surrounded by a field of grass, is one way to for you to blend in like camouflage (which is the exact opposite of what we want you to do)! We want you and your family to be the center of attention in your photographs. However, if you’re truly set on wearing the color green, it does make a great accent color.

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By the way, Father’s Day is June 18, 2017 this year! Make sure to call and schedule your pre-session consultation today to have Dad’s gift in time. Whatever you do decide to do, just know I’ll be there every step of the way. Read more about the Melo and Me Experience here.  

Are you excited and ready to book a portrait or lifestyle session of your family or children this Father’s Day? Give me a call at (832) 856-0923 or complete the form below to get in touch and schedule your pre-session consultation. 

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Niesha Fuentes is a senior, wedding and family photographer in The Woodlands, Houston, and Conroe, TX. 

Melo and Me Photography services Conroe, The Woodlands, Montgomery County, New Caney, Humble, Atascocita and Greater North Houston areas. On-location senior sessions are also booked in the southeast Texas and Golden Triangle areas, including but not limited to: Jasper, Newton, Woodville, Brookeland, Pineland, Silsbee and Beaumont, Texas. 

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