Some important things to consider when choosing your photographer:
1. Do you like their personality and do you think you will be able to work with them on one of the most important days of your lives?
-You will be spending alot of time on your wedding day with your photographer, make sure they feel like they are just a good friend your’e happy to have around and that they are firm enough in a polite way to be able to keep everything running smoothly.
2. Is it the photographer you are meeting when you book and is it their work you are seeing?
-Occasionally studio managers meet with couples to sell them a package and you dont actually meet your photographer until the day of the wedding. For me, as a photographer, it is super important i meet my couples, so we can have the opportunity to build a little relationship before the big day, it helps you to feel more relaxed.
3. How many weddings have they shot? Perhaps ask them to share some stories with you about disasters or tricky guests and how they handled it.
– Here, you get what you pay for, Photographers that are just starting out usually dont charge very much, but they also dont really know what they are doing. They havent got the experience to always be one step ahead of the priest, of the bridal party, of the MC, etc. They also usually don’t have the technical skills to be able to keep up with the rapidly changing situations. Weddings move very fast, and keeping up with that is very difficult. Knowing which way the lights moving, which exposure to choose for that, takes years of training. We have shot over 1800 weddings, and almost as many family portraits.
4. Be clear about what you are paying for, whats included and whats not.
-Usually it will be in writing and its all quite clear, but be careful to ask about extra album sides. Most studios offer a basic album starter package and upsell after you see the album. This is not a con, its just usually impossible to tell the story of your wedding day in the starting amount of pages. Just be clear about how much its going to cost if you decide that path. Also check about watermarked images. We do not use any watermarking on our images except for the ones that go on Facebook, however you receive the unwatermarked version.
5. What is the time frame for delivery of images and albums after the wedding?
– We will have your images and slideshow back to you within 2 weeks of your wedding. Albums usually take 6 more weeks after that.
6. Do they do retouching themselves or is it sent away?
-Sometimes studios send their retouching off shore to cheap companies. They do it for fraction of the cost. Sometimes its fine, sometimes its way too much. However, if your for keeping australian photographers and retouchers in a job, then avoid this option. Retouching is again, one of those jobs that takes years to perfect, and they deserve to be paid for it.
7. Most importantly, do you feel comfortable enough with this person to invite them to your wedding!
-You are, essentially, inviting this person to your wedding, so please, make sure you feel really comfortable with them and go have fun!