You said yes!
It’s the most important decision of your life and now you need to hire folks to make your day amazing. You’re going to pick a photographer, and it’s likely you have resources from various web blogs and sites to ask the right questions but consider adding these four as well.
How quick will they get your images to you. Those who are weekend warriors might take longer than a full timer so be sure you know ahead of time so you’re not disappointed. Those that have a fast turnaround doesn’t mean they aren’t spending enough time editing your pictures. You’ve seen examples of their work, so you’ll know what to expect however long it takes. Just be sure you know when you’ll be getting them.
Not everyone uses a second shooter but if they do, what exactly does their assistant cover and how? Remember, you’re picking this photographer based upon their style so be sure their assistant has a similar style. Many have a permanent second shooter but some hire their assistants when your date get’s closer. Depending on what they are assigned to shoot will make this an important need-to-know moment for you.
Has your potential photographer ever been to your venue? With Pinterest and venue web sites, photographers now have the advantage of seeing how they might shoot your venue ahead of time. They also get to see how it was used in the past. Find out if they will visit your venue prior to the wedding.
It’s not typical for a photographer to attend the rehearsal especially if the big day is on a Sunday. They will likely be working a wedding on that Saturday. They may even consider the rehearsal unnecessary if they have scouted your location previously or have shot a wedding there before. It’s good to know and to not assume they will be there.
Here is how I have answered these important questions.
I know what it’s like to wait. I’m not a fan.
Because I’m a full time photographer, my workflow begins the evening of the wedding when I get home, Everything get’s backed up onto at least 3 devices. Then I go thru all the images to be sure the out of focus and just bad shots get tossed before I begin processing. It takes me about two full days to edit and retouch images. That’s about 16-20 hours. While I’m editing your images you’ll be receiving sneak peeks via text. The third or fourth day is dedicated to exporting your images to your on line gallery. Once they are uploaded, you will receive a link so you can download your pictures. The goal is that your images will be ready for downloading and viewing within one week.
I don’t use a second shooter per se. When I do, it’s because I need the additional shooter to cover details as the couple’s timeline is just too tight. I typically need about an hour to photograph those important details and decorations. If the distance or time frame for getting ready photos’ doesn’t permit me to cover the different groups getting ready, I will hire an assistant to cover those basic shots as well. When I do hire an assistant, they will always help me shoot the ceremony. When this occurs, they cover the traditional images such as the processional, the exchanges, vows, kiss and recessional. When a second shooter is assisting during the ceremony, I take advantage of the additional time I’m allowed to be even more creative during the ceremony. If your ceremony coverage is a priority, it’s worth asking for a second shooter to be included in your package.
Scouting, & Rehearsals:
For me, familiarity can lead to “typical” and even worse; “boring”.
I approach each wedding as if I’ve never been to the venue before. I want my couples to share the “why” they chose their venue and where they imagined their images were going to be taken. Why do, what everyone else has done? It’s easier for sure but let’s explore what touched your hearts about your location and include those meaningful spots in your pictures.
I appreciate couples who have some very specific ideas or examples on how they want their day covered. That’s why I make location scouting with them a priority. That goes for rehearsals as well. If you choose my unlimited package, then it’s especially important for me to get to know you as much as possible. With the freedom offered by the unlimited package, I can cover your event in a much more personal and intimate way. The scouting time and rehearsal time provide me with the kind of information I need to capture not just a beautiful day, but your personalities.
Let’s continue the conversation and answer any additional questions that this article doesn’t touch upon. I can’t wait to tell your story.