When you are researching wedding photographers in your area, there are a number of questions to consider asking to ensure that your requirements will be covered on the big day.
It doesn’t matter whether you are looking for a Cheshire wedding photographer or one from somewhere else in the North West, the queries that you want and need to ask will be the same:
Think about what you are looking for
If you want your wedding album to reflect a traditional look, or be more modern with additional special effects, you will need to ascertain what the photographer offers. This ensures that they can deliver what you are seeking.
Have they won any awards?
Find out about their existing experience and recognition in field of wedding photography.
Establish if the photographer offers a pre-wedding shoot. These can help to build initial rapport and help you to feel at ease with the whole ‘having your photo taken’ thing.
Have they been to the venue before?
This is a really important one, as if they have never taken pictures at your venue of choice, it could waste time on the day if they must search around for the perfect place for a picture.
Ask to see their existing portfolio
To get a feel for how they work, request to take a look at testimonials from their previous customers, as well as to peek at a portfolio of their work. This can help you to make sure that you like their style.
What packages do they offer?
Ask about the different arrangements that they provide, such as whether they offer a combination of black and white as well as colour shots. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for a bespoke quotation if you like the photographer, as there may be a discount for a weekday wedding as opposed to a weekend.
It is important to ascertain who owns the copyrights to any pictures taken, as it may mean that any reprints need to be reordered and paid for separately through the photographer.
What insurance do they have?
Make sure that the photographer holds a professional indemnity insurance policy, and clarify what cover it provides. This will protect you in the incredibly unlikely event that the film becomes damaged or the camera brakes.
When is the payment due?
Most photographers request a deposit at the time of booking, with the remainder becoming payable just before the wedding.