If you’ve never been married before, you probably haven’t hired a photographer for an extremely important event. So, how are you supposed to know the right questions to ask other than “pricing and availability”? When hiring your wedding photographer, make sure to account for more than just the pretty photos you see. Here are the most important questions to ask BEFORE hiring your wedding photographer!
- Do you have backup equipment? What measures do you take to keep our photos safe?
Technology sucks sometimes, but taking precautions can make all the difference. We shoot every wedding with at least 3 cameras so we have a backup in case something happens. Each camera has two memory card slots, so every time we take an image it’s written onto two cards. This is important because memory cards can corrupt without warning leaving the card blank! When we get home from your wedding, our work isn’t done until the photos are uploaded onto our computer and two external hard drives. Additionally, we don’t erase the photos from the memory cards until the final photos are delivered to you. This means your photos are in at least 8 places!! We know these are moments you will never get back and we take that very seriously.
- Who will be photographing my wedding?
This seems like an obvious question, but make sure that you know exactly who is shooting your wedding- in some cases it will be an associate photographer (This is a common practice for large studios). If your collection comes with a second shooter, you may also want to ask if the lead photographer has worked with that shooter before. In many cases they will be hiring someone that they’ve found online. The benefit of Greg and I shooting every wedding together is that we have a working chemistry which results in the perfect flow of the day and a consistent product.
- What’s your backup plan in case something happens?
Make sure your photographer has a backup plan in the event of an unforeseen circumstance. All of our collections come with two photographers, the second photographer acts as a backup in case something happens to one of us. In addition to this, we have a network of photographers we are close with that we would contact in case of a last minute emergency.
- Do you have liability insurance?
A full time professional wedding photographer will have equipment and liability insurance. In fact, most venues actually require this for the photographer to even be there! This keeps everyone covered in case of an accident.
- What do you do in difficult lighting situations? (Harsh lighting and low-light)
Please, make sure your photographer knows how to handle difficult lighting! Anyone can take pretty photos during golden hour, but what about the rest of the day? It’s important your photographer knows what to do when the sun goes down, and if you’re in a dark church or reception setting. If they don’t use flashes and stick to blasting their ISO, it will make the photos very grainy. This is generally okay for instagram since it’s a small thumbnail, but when printing in a larger format you will notice the grain and lack of clarity in the photos.
One wedding we did, the hair and makeup ran THREE HOURS behind schedule. Obviously there’s nothing we can do in this situation, asking the bride to walk down the aisle with her hair half done is obviously out of the question. Not only was the ceremony after sunset, but we had to shoot the formals in the pitch black!! Thankfully, we always have two on camera flashes and three off camera flashes. This allows us to set up a lighting system during low-light situations and make it work! During the day, we like to stick to natural light- however at the reception we love using off camera flashes for dynamic images.
Do you have any questions or comments? We’d love to hear from you!