CHOOSING A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER



Remember that once your wedding is over, the only tangible thing that you will  have is your new spouse, your wedding rings and your wedding photographs!  Allocate more to the  Photographer or package that  you can afford and hold  back in other areas.

 

We have put together a few questions we are often asked during interviews with potential clients for wedding photography and videography:


How many years experience do you have as a wedding photographer?  How many weddings do you shoot per year?  This is my 19th year as a wedding photographer.  We usually shoot 15 to 30 weddings a year.  We pride ourselves on our client-driven results and boutique-like service by affording each project the attention it deserves.


What kind of equipment do you use?  Do you have backup equipment?  We use top quality equipment from Nikon.  We always have backup equipment when shooting weddings.

Can I see a list of references and / or reviews?  You are most welcome to have a list of our Clients to do reference checks.  You can also have a look at our Facebook page for reviews as well as on our website on the "What Our Clients Say" page. 

Will there be a contract of the services to be provided?  If so, can we get a copy?  Do we receive confirmation of our booking?   We provide you with two copies of the contract.  Return one signed copy to us and keep one for your reference.  The terms and conditions are included in the contract.  Once your booking fee is paid, we send you an updated account that reflects the payment made by you.
We have put together a few questions we are often asked during interviews with potential clients for wedding photography and videography:  How many years experience do you have as a wedding photographer?  How many weddings do you shoot per year?  This is my 19th year as a wedding photographer.  We usually shoot 15 to 30 weddings a year.  We pride ourselves on our client-driven results and boutique-like service by affording each project the attention it deserves.  What kind of equipment do you use?  Do you have backup equipment?  We use top quality equipment from Nikon.  We always have backup equipment when shooting weddings.  Can I see a list of references and / or reviews?  You are most welcome to have a list of our Clients to do reference checks.  You can also have a look at our Facebook page for reviews as well as on our website on the
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Have you worked at our location before?  If we haven't shot at your location before we usually visit the venue before the wedding to acquaint ourselves with the layout.  How many other events will you photograph that weekend?  It will be brought to your attention at the meeting.  How do you coordinate with a wedding videographer?  We do both wedding photography and videography.  Working together as a team makes things easier and we compliment each other’s work.  Working with another videographer is always a challenge, but it is important to communicate to each other what is expected.  It is of utmost importance to stay professional at all times.  Our primary goal is to keep our wedding couple happy and stress free.  Do you charge travel fees?  We do.  This will be discussed with you and is also stipulated in the contract.  Can we see a recent finished set of proofs from an entire wedding?  When we meet up with potential clients we show them one or two sets of recently finished weddings.  Usually prints and photo book albums.

Have you worked at our location before?  If we haven't shot at your location before we usually visit the venue before the wedding to acquaint ourselves with the layout.

How many other events will you photograph that weekend?  It will be brought to your attention at the meeting.

How do you coordinate with a wedding videographer?  We do both wedding photography and videography.  Working together as a team makes things easier and we compliment each other’s work.  Working with another videographer is always a challenge, but it is important to communicate to each other what is expected.  It is of utmost importance to stay professional at all times.  Our primary goal is to keep our wedding couple happy and stress free.

Do you charge travel fees?  We do.  This will be discussed with you and is also stipulated in the contract.

Can we see a recent finished set of proofs from an entire wedding?  When we meet up with potential clients we show them one or two sets of recently finished weddings.  Usually prints and photo book albums.

What makes you different from other photographers?  Our passion, drive, professionalism, friendly personalities, our fun way of capturing your memories and superior quality products!  We are always complimented on the wedding day about how relaxed our couples feel with us.  This allows us to capture truly candid moments.  We go the extra mile to keep our clients happy. 


How would you describe your photography style?  We do a combination of traditional portraits, photo-journalistic action shots and fashion photography.

What does your packages include and what will I have to pay extra for?  When you contact us for the first time we send you an email with our different packages.  We have a variety of packages you can choose from.  At the first meeting we will discuss this with you.

How much of a deposit is required to hold the date?  When is the balance due?  What forms of payment do you accept?  We require a 35% booking fee of the total amount to confirm your date.  The balance is due one month before your wedding day.  We only accept electronic transfers.  With every payment we send you an updated account that reflects the payment made by you.


What is your cancellation policy? This will be discussed with you and is also stipulated in the contract.


What are the terms and conditions?  This will be discussed with you and is also stipulated in the contract.

Should my event last longer than scheduled, will you stay?  Is there an extra charge?  Everything is outlined in the contract and will be discussed with you during the meeting.

What attire will the photographer and their assistant wear?  Our dress code will be appropriate for the occasion.

Will the photographer and assistant drink alcohol during our event?  It is strictly against our company policy to use alcohol during your event.  We stay professional at all times.

What does the photographer need from me - e.g. directions, food, accommodation?  We have a general questionnaire we go through with you to make sure we don’t miss important information.  We are on our feet for long hours and we will appreciate it if you provide a meal for the photographer and one assistant (if applicable) during the time when dinner is being served.  We are responsible for our own accommodation.  You need to provide a timeline for the day’s events.

How far ahead should I book my reservation with you?  It is preferred that you book no later than 6 to 9 months before the event.