What should you ask your photographer?
When it comes time to choose a photographer, there are some basic questions you should ask. The event will last one day but the pictures will last a life time and you should get what you expect. This is the time to communicate to the photographer exactly what is needed and to determine if it can be provided.
- -Do they have references?
- - How long have they been taking pictures? Have they ever taken pictures at your event location before?
- - How long will they stay?
- - Are they a member of any associations or groups? This will give you an idea that they are communicating with other photographers about new trends and ideas.
- - Do they have a specific style?
- - What type of camera will the photographer use? Digital or Film? This will give you an idea about their level of expertise.
- - Will they have an assistant to help? Having more than one person there will help things go faster and tend to run a little smother.
- - Will they have access to backup equipment in case something is not working? Is there someone to take their place in case of an emergency or they are ill?
- - Are other people allowed to take photos when they are? Some photographers don’t let others take pictures while they are shooting because it can become too distracting.
- - How does their pricing work? Do they have packages? Can you get the negatives?
- - Will it be easy for relatives and friends to order photos?
- - Do they do black and white, antiques or any other special effects that you might enjoy?
- - Are they open to taking a list of requests of different poses or variations of people you would like taken?
- - What will they be wearing? You want to make sure they won’t be underdressed if your event is formal.
- - When will your proofs be ready?
- - Do you give any guarantees on your services and photographs?
- - Do they have liability insurance?