Bridal Boudoir - I LOVE boudoir sessions. Not only is it the perfect gift for your new hubby, but it's shocking how beautiful, confident, and sexy it will make you feel as a bride!
5. QUESTIONS TO ASK
Now that there is a budget, preferred style, and possibly have a few photographer leads to start with, let's talk about great questions to ask potential photographers. No question is a stupid question! Honestly the more questions a Bride asks me the better I feel.
1. What would you say your style is?
2. Do you always work with the same second shooter? Can we only use a second shooter for the ceremony or do we have to hire them full day?
3. When should we expect photos back after the wedding day? When do you provide a preview or blog post?
4. How many weddings have you done as LEAD shooter?
5. Do you organize a timeline for our day to best suit your photography needs to get all the shots we are looking for?
6. Do you set up consultations so we can meet and chat?
7. How are the pictures delivered? Digital? USB? Both?
8. Do you make packages special to weddings or do you only offer set packages?
9. Do you have a back up shooter if you are ill and can't shoot the wedding? Do they do the editing too?
10. Do you have a contract?
11. Do you have insurance?
12. Can I contact a previous bride and ask her experience working with you?
I know there is quite a few questions but all of these details are important. You will figure that out when it gets closer to your day and even after the big day. You will be glad you asked these questions! Any great photographer will be able to answer all of these questions for you to help make you feel comfortable with how your day will go, what you are paying for, and what to expect after the day is over.
6. THINGS TO JUST KNOW
Sometimes it's just easier when someone points out the obvious. So here are some obvious details to remember:
*Having more than one PROFESSIONAL photographer at your wedding is not necessary. Each has their own style and flow to structure a wedding day, so trust me, just using one company is better! Of course family can shoot as long as they do not interfere with the work flow of the professional.
*No photographer is going to allow Brides to personal edit or filter their images. Yes, this includes Facebook and Instagram filters. We take a lot of pride in our work and when a filter is added it produces an image that is no longer ours.
*Professional photographers do not give out RAW images. Most clients would not even be able to open and view a RAW image, you have to have special editing software. Also, as a client you probably don't want the RAW image. Personally my back of camera is really dark so that I don't loose details and highlights.....as a client, you wouldn't want to hang that image on your wall.
*Professional photographers do not offer Copyrights to the images. They will however offer print release. These two things are very different. Print release gives the client privileges to print the images as they see fit. Copyright signs over all right from the photographer to the client over the image. We don't really want to give up the rights to our artwork.
*Photoshopping "Aunt June" into pictures because she wasn't there, isn't an easy task. So unless you want to pay big money to have her added, you might just have to let that go.
I really hope that this helped some Brides decide the best photographer for their big day! Choosing your photographer in the giant ocean of photographers can be so overwhelming, but going into the process with confidence and knowledge is the best place to start.