5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

hey ya'll!

I'm Niesha! The socially awkward, yet vibrant storyteller from the Dirty South.

Welcome to my blog! I'm so glad you've decided to stop by and take a look around. As a traveling Houston-based wedding and portrait photographer, I hope that you find the posts and stories here valuable. Let me know if you have any questions, and if you have time feel free to leave me a comment. As always, I'm here to help you!

Peace, love, and crawfish boils 🦞🧡

Niesha

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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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hey ya'll!

I'm Niesha! The socially awkward, yet vibrant storyteller from the Dirty South.

Welcome to my blog! I'm so glad you've decided to stop by and take a look around. As a traveling Houston-based wedding and portrait photographer, I hope that you find the posts and stories here valuable. Let me know if you have any questions, and if you have time feel free to leave me a comment. As always, I'm here to help you!

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Niesha

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Today’s Feature Friday is: Albums, Albums, Albums!

Heirloom Albums to be specific.

Our heirloom quality album is definitely a product you and your family will rave about and proudly display. In fact, it’s such a big hit with me and my family, that it’s always at the top of my recommendations!

You and your loved ones are so special and unique, and the heirloom album is seriously one of the best ways to show that.

An album is definitely one of those products you have to see, touch, and feel. We call them heirloom albums because they have the potential to literally last a lifetime. Don’t believe me? Read on.

Heirloom Quality

The heirloom album has a standard archival value of 100 years on home display. However, if you store your album in a cool, dry place in dark room storage, it has an archival value of at least 200 years. 

Personalized options

You have the option to cover your album in beautiful, genuine Italian full grain leather or linen made of classic textile blend. The leather covers on the heirloom album are moisture resistant leathers that age beautifully with a rich patina, and come in various, classic colors. Some of your color options are: black, navy blue, walnut brown, and ash gray. Either way, we’ll make sure the cover and images both have a cohesive look.

In addition, you can choose between three paper textures. Boast a vibrant and glossy texture with fujifilm or our signature paper. On the other hand, you can opt for a soft, classic felt texture with rich color. All of your pages will feature pure white and sharp quality. Your album will be the perfect way to not only tell and share your story but also display it.

Storybook Pages

Your pages will be acid free, elemental chlorine free, and made of 30% recycled content depending on the texture you choose. We hate those flimsy, thin pages. Finally, your album will feature thick pages to give you extra assurance and stability.

 

How to care for your album? 

You should store all albums in a temperature-controlled and humidity-controlled environment to keep them looking their best.

To remove fingerprints, use a soft cloth making sure to avoid solvents or water which could cause damage.

Carefully apply a simple leather conditioner to your genuine leather album cover, to remove any scratches or scuffs that occur.In closing, the weight, leather, beautiful prints, custom design, and debasing of this album make it the perfect luxury item to display your family’s most precious memories. 

Alrighty guys, this concludes our Feature Friday: Heirloom Albums post! 

What do you think of this timeless album? Feel free to leave me a comment below. 

Are you ready to take the first step in booking a portrait session or wedding? Get in touch now! 

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,
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  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.

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I truly believe that photographs should capture the essence of you and your family’s personality at the very least. I want to help you and your family receive authentic, timeless, and classic wall art and family heirlooms and styling is one way we can work together to achieve that!

I’ve listed 8 great styling tips to get great family photos in the “What to Wear: Family Style Guide“ below:

1. Coordination is key. Coordination and not matching is key. I know, I know. You haven’t had professional family portraits taken in over a decade (or maybe you have). Either way, matching is out and coordinating is in! You no longer have to dress your children in identical outfits or colors and hang that cheesy family portrait in your living room.

2. Choose a color palette. So if we’re coordinating, where do we start? I recommend you choose a color palette. Colors in your home are great places to start, though I’m not certain I’d recommend Pepto Bismol Pink (LOL). Fluorescent colors such as whites, tend to color cast and can sometimes reflect rather harshly. I recommend incorporating one of the primary colors like: yellow (mustard), red (maroon, brick), and blue (navy, royal) and two secondary colors into your palette. If you’re stuck and don’t know where to begin, reach out to your photographer for assistance.

3. Dress comfortably and for the weather. Sounds like a no-brainer right? Right. But we sometimes make the mistake in dressing ourselves or our children in uncomfortable clothes for certain events. Just think about that beautiful evening or wedding gown you wore to your Prom or wedding. Dressing members of your family in shorts during winter or a sweater in the heat of the summer isn’t ideal. It is our goal to help you feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. If you are upset or uncomfortable during your session, it will show in your photographs.

4. Start with the female. Often times, the woman of the family will already have her outfit selected. In some circumstances, it may be easier to begin with her wardrobe, and build other members of the family’s outfits around hers.

5. Think solid or plaid colored shirts, but you can get funky if you’re family’s into that too. Clothing with graphics or fairly large logos can take away from the person in the photo. For this reason, I recommend wearing solid or plaid colored shirts.

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.

7. Layers, layers, layers…layers everywhere! I feel like I’m singing the intro to a popular 2000s tune or something. Seriously though, layers add texture and dimension. They’re a great way to help give your photographs that extra oomph!  If you’re not able to add layers, I recommend clothing with texture such as: buttons, ruffles, embroider, flannel, or items with ‘grit’ per se.

8. Accessorize!Accessories can make all the difference in your photographs, especially if you’re feeling like your wardrobe is a bit too bland or basic. If that’s the look you’re going for have at it. Most of the time that’s the look I’m going for. However, if you’re wanting to add a little something different from your normal look, consider accessorizing. Necklaces, boots, bracelets, tights, and scarves oh my! I recommend wearing at least one accessory for females, they can really add interest and spark to your photos. If you’re unsure as to which ones you should, bring them all!

BONUS: The most important tip of them all is to have fun! Need more assistance? Contact us to take the first step in the Melo and Me Photography Experience.

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We’re super excited to announce our Santa and The Magic of Christmas Portrait Event!

Bring back nostalgia and memories at Grandma’s house this holiday season. Read a book or watch a snow globe with Santa while find out if you’ve made the “Naughty or Nice” list.

We will have two dates for these sessions, one with and without Santa. Each session will last up to 10 minutes and includes: an in-person reveal and ordering session (to be scheduled) where you will view and order images, three digital images, and a print release. All sessions will take place in our quaint, in-home studio located in Porter, Texas.

The Magic of Christmas sessions are sessions without Santa Claus and are great for children and a tightly squeezed immediate family of up to 5. These sessions will take place on November 30 in Porter, TX and December 8 in Jasper, TX.

Santa & The Magic of Christmas sessions will take place on December 1, 2019 and are for children in one immediate family only.

Sessions without Santa are $200. Sessions with Santa are $250. Reserve your session today with only a $100 retainer fee. Remaining balance is due at least 48 hours prior to session date.

There will also be two optional print collections available.

Collection One – “Deck the Halls” Print Package/Collection

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Collection Two – “Holiday Joy” Print Package/Collection

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5 ways to capture better memories this summer! | The Woodlands, TX Family and Child Photographer

School’s out and if you’re anything like my family your gearing up for your family’s summer vacation. Depending on how familiar you are with photography and taking photos, I thought I’d share a few tips on how you can capture better memories with your phone or point-and-shoot this summer.

1. Start with golden hour. An hour after sunrise or before sunset is the perfect time to get those shots with the sun as your backdrop, especially at Galveston Island. Chances are the temperature will be a lot cooler than what it’d be mid-day, even if it’s only a 5 degree difference.

2. Do yourself a favor and keep out —the sun that is. You most likely won’t want to be out in direct sun in  Texas heat anyway (lol) but it’s worth noting that photos or selfies taken with the sun directly on you is a sure way to create dark and unflattering shadows on your face and body. However, if you do happen to be out during the middle of the day, find an area with open shade to get nice even light.

3. Enjoy the moment! Every photo doesn’t have to be a posed image of you or your family looking directly at the camera. I’m a believer of living in the moment and taking advantage of the unplanned moments. Candid images are some of the most memorable photos I have of my clients. Enjoy this time of your life and capture both the perfect and imperfect memories — be able to find joy and happiness in every moment.

4. Tell a joke or two. Instead of saying the cliché, “cheese!” tell a joke or two. Photos are so much better when the smiles are authentic.

5. Print your photos! No one likes sorting through tens of thousands of photos on an old laptop. What’s even worse is if the hard drive happens to crash, and you don’t have a backup of Kate’s first trip to Disney. Besides, there’ll be a beautiful and special kind of nostalgia you get when sorting through an old box of prints or album twenty years from now. With the rate smartphones are released, I doubt you’ll have this summer’s memories stored in your new phone. Read more about Why Prints Matter here. 

About the Author and Photographer

Niesha Fuentes is a photographer in The Woodlands, Conroe, Jasper and surrounding areas, specializing in senior, family, and wedding photography.

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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