Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Planning the Perfect Wedding: Questions to Ask Your Photographer

Here is a list of suggested questions to ask your photographer when you have your initial consultation:

* What is your preferred style? Formal/Traditional? Candid/Photo-journalistic? Artistic? Color/Black & White?
* How long have they been photographing events?
* Can they provide referrals? Do they have examples you can view?
* Does the photographer use an assistant or second photographer? If not standard is one available?
* Does the photographer allow friends and family to take photographs at the same time?
* Does the photographer adapt their style to fit the needs/wants of the Bride and Groom?
* Are the formal portraits done before or after the ceremony? Is there flexibility to do both?
* What type of camera does the photographer use? Digital? Film?
* Does the photographer bring additional lighting? If so, what kind? Flash? Studio lighting?
* Does the photographer bring back up equipment?
* If using a digital camera, how are images backed-up and stored?
* Is there an overtime fee if the photographer stays longer than the package allows?
* Is there a mileage charge for the photographer's travel?
* Is there a charge for additional photography locations?
* Do the Bride and Groom receive proofs? If so, when? What size? How many? Is this an additional charge? Are they theirs to keep?
* Is there a package deposit? When is the balance due? Can payments be made?
* Are photographs available to be viewed online? If so, how long are they available online?
* Do the Bride and Groom receive an album? Is this album customizable? How long do albums take to create?
* How much are reprints and enlargements? Are image rights available?
* Is there a time limit for keeping the proofs or for placing orders?
* How long does it take to receive finished orders once they are placed?
* Are there pricing deadlines for orders? i.e. Is an order placed within the first 30 days is less expensive than an order places after 30 days?
* How long are the images/negatives retained on file following the wedding?
* Is there a contract?
* Does the photographer accept checks? Credit cards?

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