Finding a Great Photographer – Part II

Wedding Photographer

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Searching and finding for your perfect photographer is no easy task. Your wedding is a day you want to remember forever, and you have to find that person who will capture every special moment, candid or not. If you missed Part 1 to finding a wedding photographer, you can find it here: Finding a Great Photographer

  1. Confirm the Shooter

    Many large companies of photographers won’t be able to guarantee a specific person, so do make sure to meet with the one who will be at your wedding. In the case that your photographer is already booked on the date you need him or her, be open to some other recommended photographers that he or she would suggest. This is where things can get a bit tricky. Before signing any legal contracts, be sure that it states clearly what will happen if the photographer you like won’t be able to show up at the wedding. Also look into the possibility of the photographer bringing an assistant, and if you have to pay more fees for that. Often times it is recommended to have more than one photographer are your wedding anyway, just so that one can focus on formal photos while the other captures purely candid moments.

  2. Compare Packages

    Finding out the exact cost of the photographer won’t get settled until you decide on everything you want in the package.  Find out from the photographer what is offered in the standard package. They can range anywhere from $2,500 to over $15,000. Once you find out what you get out of the package, ask about the shooting fee, and consider any extras you want to add on. These extras can include special effects. Ideally your photographer should be present from the start to the end of your wedding day. This includes time you take to get ready. While most packages allow photographers to work from 6 to 12 hours, I would suggest paying extra for more coverage for when the party runs late. You don’t want to miss anything big happening at the very end of the night!

  3. Know Your Rights

    Most contracts will state that the photographer owns all rights to photos he or she takes. Because the photographer holds the rights, he or she will be able to use them as promotions or public sectors of social media. This unfortunately also means that you won’t be able to post the photographer’s pictures without them being watermarked. Discuss your rights before you sign any contracts to make sure you have ownership of your photos. Otherwise you might be left to have to buy all of your pictures!

  4. Get Postproduction Details

    Last of all, find out when you expect your photos! Especially if you hire a good photographer, it will take him about a month to edit and sort out the best of the bunch.

Some questions to ask:

  • How many images should I expect?
  • When should I expect to receive them?
  • Will these images already be retouched?
  • Will they be high resolution or low resolution?
  • Can I request some in black and white?
  • Are there any extra costs I would be aware of?
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