I was emailed yesterday asking “When should you book your wedding photographer? As soon as you find one that you like, after you have booked your venue. Good photographers book up a year or two in advance.
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How experienced are you?
This is one of the best questions to ask a wedding photographer. Realistically you don’t want someone practising their skills on your wedding day.
I am professionally trained and qualified with a Dimploma of Photography in 2012.
How many weddings have you shot?
Another great question, but only as long as they can also show you this to be true! To be good at something, it takes practice…photographers are constantly learning, but if they answer less than 30 then they are still learning the basics!
Although I havent counted recently, I have been doing weddings since 2012 and do on average 50 weddings per year.
This may sound a bit silly, but it’s worth asking. A lot of photographers go on wedding courses/workshops etc and the images on their sites have been set up at a workshop, they’ve just clicked the button! There is also a growing trend for photographers to show images on their websites from “Styled shoots”….there is nothing wrong with styled shoots but the photographers should not try and pass off these images as “Real Life Weddings”. Why? because they have possibly spent hours setting up theses shots, and realistically they would not be able to reproduce them on your wedding day.
All the images on my website have been taken by myself, not by assistants, second shooters etc. Every photo is from “Real Weddings”, not a stylised shoot in sight.
Another great question!
I have never failed to attend a wedding yet. With that said, I have a network of professional photographers who we all have an SOS agreement, in the event of an illness or circumstance that prevented me from attending, I would endeavour to get the wedding covered.
Any good professional photographer will have backups of everything. Ask them what they have. The backup camera should still be as good as the main camera, not a cheap one, because it’s only a backup!
I take at least one spare camera body and spare lenses with me. I carry spare lights, batteries…spares of everything, even cufflinks…you’d be surprised how Groom’s/best men/father of the Bride…forget to pack their cufflinks!
What? I know starting to get a little technical…but modern professional cameras can have two memory card slots. What would happen if your photographer only had one? Well, if the memory card corrupted the images from the day could be gone. Two cards in the camera mean we have an instant backup, when I take a photo it is automatically written to both cards.
Yes, I currently shoot with Nikon D780 camera, they have two slots. When I take a photo it is written to both SD cards at the same time, having a instant back up.
All professional photographers should have insurance.
Yes, I have Full Public Liability Insurance (£5 million), Professional Indemnity Insurance (£200,000) and my equipment is also covered by a separate policy.
This is a question for yourself, if you have a big budget wedding then yes, I personally would look into. Accidents do happen, problems with venues do happen…I know it’s very rare but if the venue was flooded, had a fire etc what would happen ? Whilst the venue would rearrange your day all the other suppliers might not be able to, and you would possibly lose deposits etc. Debenhams do wedding insurance policies for about £50.
Yes, if I were getting married I would get my own insurance. This covers you for any eventuality.
When should I book a wedding photographer?
Again this is more of a reminder for you !
Even though I am biased…I would say as soon as you can, I have weddings booked in 2 years in advance. Good wedding photographers tend to get booked up very early on. I would say most couples tend to book from about 18 months or so before their wedding date. Though I do get last minute couples a week before sometimes!
Well you can click here to contact us, if you are in the Beds, Bucks & Herts area then I am more than happy to come and meet you both. I bring sample albums and proof books showing various weddings i have covered. Once the contract is signed and the deposit is paid your date is booked in. The deposit is 25% of your package price, the balance is due one month before the wedding. If you live in another part of the country we can either chat on the phone or arrange a Facetime/Skype call for our initial meeting.
Friendly! I know that most people do not like having their photo taken…I’m not so keen myself. For the most part of the day I will be taking candids.... watching you and your guests and capturing what’s happening. I have lots of galleries online, and will discuss your requirements when we meet up. I tend to be as unintrusive on your wedding day as possible.
Of course, It’s your wedding, I’m there to capture the day how you want. During our meetings we plan the timeline of the day, so that we can get what ever photographs are important to you. Some of my couples just want 3 or 4 group shots whilst others want 20-30. A detailed list of what group shots you require is needed before your Wedding day. This way nobody is missed/left out and family members are not upset or offended by standing next to the wrong person etc.
Ask your photographer, are they okay with studio lights, what would their plan be?
We have a plan! During our meetings we will talk and plan about what will happen. I have my own studio and I am more than happy at bringing in studio lights etc to light up any venue should we need to be inside. A lot of winter weddings are all shot inside and so bad weather at a wedding is not a problem. Even if it is raining/snowing etc there are ways a good photographer can use the weather creatively.
I aim at getting your gallery online within 4 weeks from your wedding date, you would be sent a password to view them and download. I usually give out sneak peaks within 2-3 days of the wedding.
Whilst this may seem obvious, some photographers have ‘associates’, other photographers that work for them. So it’s definitely worth checking. If they do work with associates ask them to meet the person who would be attending…you’re going to be spending a lot of your wedding day with this person…you want someone you like !
Yes, I am the person that would be attending on your wedding day. If you book me, it’s me that turns up!
Sounds silly but I have seen Videographers turn up at weddings in Jeans!
I work with a lot of different cultures and will dress accordingly. For most weddings I will be in suit trousers & a shirt. I don’t wear a tie as they get in the way, I’ve tried !
A lot of Photographers offer two photographers to “capture all the angles from the day”, to be honest most of these tend to be Husband and Wife, Boyfriend and Girlfriend teams. I’m sure some of them are very good, but you are really paying for one main photographer and their second half…who are generally are not ‘really’ photographers.
It’s up to you, personally I don’t think it’s necessary for most weddings. I photograph weddings with up to 600 guests on my own, quite easily. I do sometimes shoot with a second shooter if the Bride and Groom want, the only reason is normally if you wanted Bride and Groom prep photographing and it was in two separate locations. The second shooters I use are professional photographers ( not my wife, she does take a mean iPhone pic though !) A second shooter costs £250 added onto any package price, this is for 8 hours.
I know, another technical one. Whilst equipment is not what makes a good photographer good…it certainly helps. Your main reason for asking is to see if they have backup gear…what happens if something breaks. A very good photographer can take amazing photo’s with a relatively cheap camera. However they must have backups. It also works the other way, having £10,000 worth of camera is completely pointless if you don’t know how to use it . I would expect any professional wedding photographer to have at least two camera bodies with them on the day, and various lenses to suit the venue where you will be. They should also have lights, big and small, backups of everything !
I currently shoot with a Nikon D780 camera with a Nikon D610 camera as a backup. I always have at least two camera bodies with me. I have a variety of lenses, for the photography geeks out there I currently shoot with a Nikon 85mm f/1.8, Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8. I also have 2 speedlights which i try not to use as i prefer to shoot most of the wedding using natural light.
No you don’t have to feed me but its always welcomed.