Most wedding magazines will provide for you a rundown of things to ask your wedding photographer. Stuff like: "Would you be able to depict your style? What supplies do you shoot with?"
How about the honest answer? Those inquiries are pretty tiring. Furthermore you likely don't really think about the answers in any case.
So I studied a few brides and photography-companions, and together we set up a rundown of each one of those inquiries you truly need to ask, and every one of those things we truly need you to know.
1. How would I pick a decent photographer when there are hundreds?
Initially, search for a forum or blog that speaks to your style.
When you've got a couple of short listed photographers, restricted it down to a handful of top picks, and set up a period to reach and meet them in person. Verify you're meeting up the same person who will be photographing at your wedding, not a deal advisor or sales executive. You need to be comfortable, trust and hit it off with your photographer — that way you can trust the the documentary of your big day in the photographer's hands. In addition to the fact that you should like their pictures, you ought to likewise like them! You'll be going through numerous hours with them amid your wedding day! The interaction that you get with during your first meet up will be the same kind of interaction you are likely to get from your photographer on your wedding day. If you are looking to get an engaging one, you can probably note it from the first meet up! :)
2. What number of photographs do I get?
The wedding photographers I reviewed, regularly convey 50-100 photographs each hour. On average 300-600 images per wedding. These are precious moments that your wedding photographer documents for you while you are busy with your big day preparation, freaking out and mingling. Ultimately while it's good to have more than 300 images, the quality of each image is what counts. :)
3. I adore those photographs with the blurred background. How would you achieve that look?
You're actually talking about shallow depth of field. Photographers get that look by utilizing top of the range lenses that can focus firmly on the subject.
4. I discovered one photographer whose pictures look delicate and pastel, pictures look clean, and one whose pictures appear as though they were shot on old film. What's up?
Each photographer has a unique method for altering their pictures utilizing editing software. (the digital rendition of a darkroom). This is called "Post-Processing." Most photographers do some essential lighting and color alterations, but you can likewise utilize editing program to come up with an interesting look.
The three famous styles at this moment are:
Clean: lightly edited to look natural
Matte: a low-contract look with muted pastel colors, like vintage film
High Contrast: a dynamic look with strong colors that pop
It doesn't make a difference which style you run with, what matters is that you like it.
5. Why is wedding photography so expensive?
This is the inquiry I see most from brides on the internet. Wedding photography is easy work right? — labor for one day and rake in the money, isn't that so?
The fact is most full-time wedding photographers I know carry $15,000 worth of photography equipment and frequently work over 60-hours/weeks. (Keep in mind those 800 pictures from inquiry #2? It takes a few full days just to edit those.) Coupled with insurance, personal CPF contribution, editing softwares, advertisement, deliveries, repair, transportation, studio costs,wedding albums. equipment depreciation, numerous photographers actually end up actually making less than minimum wage for the first couple of years.
6. How can I look great in my photographs?
It's easy! Relax, feel fabulous, ignore feelings of awkwardness. Trust your wedding photographer.
Leave some breathing room in your timetable so you don't feel hurried — I will recommend at least 30 minutes for family and wedding party images, an hour for couple shots.
Oh yes, and get a lot of sleep and water the night before.
Take it easy during the dinner. Wedding-day hangovers are terrible.
7. I often hear photographers say "shoot and burn" photography. Sounds terrible. What is it?
It could be slightly hard to hear. "Shoot and burn" is slang for shooting a wedding and copying it straight to DVD without editing. It's normally super cheap — which should be. Bad lighting isn't adjusted, distractions aren't uprooted (Ah-bob photobomber!), and blemishes remain clear!
Digital files may be vital to you, but look for a full-service photographer who will edit the pictures and print reference proofs before giving over the files.
Also, don't let the digitals rot in your hard drive. As a photographer, I'd be overjoyed to have you show your wedding photographs. It's pretty tragic when I think that none of the photographs ever gets printed. Don't just keep your wedding photographs! I advise my customers to hang up a canvas print or two — when you're having a crappy day, its awesome to turn toward your living room and see a photograph of a beautiful day.
8. Should we do a "first look"? Also, um, what the heck is a "first look"?
The first look is a chance for wedding couples to see one another secretly before the function (this is usually more for weddings in the west). Two-thirds of my customers choose to do a first look. It's an extraordinary opportunity to get the wedding nerves out and use a couple of minutes alone together. I find that first look photographs have a tendency to be some of my top choices. It's a genuine moment with genuine feelings.
It's a good suggestion to stay stress free on your wedding day and a large portion of my couples get to enjoy their cocktail reception since they have already taken the important couple photos and got it "settled" prior to the wedding reception.
9. Do I truly require a second photographer?
Nobody needs a second photographer, however they can give you more pictures and an alternate point of view. A significant number of the top photographers just work with assistants who carry their equipment and help with lighting. The best thing is to ask your wedding photographer how they want to work. You can get awesome results nevertheless.
10. How far ahead of time would it be a good idea for me to book a wedding photographer?
A lot of people book their favourite wedding photographers more than a year in advance. I have bookings for as far as one and a half year later. Closer to your wedding date it will be harder to book your preferred photographer.
If your preferred wedding photographer is booked on your big day, don't worry. Ask them for recommendations, they should know people with similar styles who may still be available.
11. You can photoshop that right?
Well, technically any competent photographers are able to do photoshop. But as a photographer, I would love to get everything right in my camera as much as possible. Posing, location recce and proper camera adjustments are able to solve most problems before I click the shuttle. If you have been photobombed by "Uncle Bobs" or Ipad photographers for group images, we can retake the images because it's much easier to get it right than to photoshop it. Most photographers charge high cost for editing because it takes extensive time.
12. Should I tip my photographer or give them an Ang bao?
For photographers, "Ang baos are not expected but always appreciated" :)
Hopefully this post helps us with some heart wrenching burning questions about wedding photography and make it a smoother process to get that perfect wedding photographer you are looking for!