What questions should you ask your wedding photographers? We are frequently questioned about our photographic style and how we work as wedding photographers for wealthy business families because we specialize in weddings in India. We comprehend that organizing a large destination wedding may be so demanding that maintaining control over everything becomes challenging.
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However, we recommend that brides ask questions, for that’s very helpful. We have compiled a useful list of queries, so here go some salient ones, but speak to us directly, should you have any wedding photography-related concerns.
If you have any questions about how to pose, how to look at the camera if you’re camera shy, how to style yourself for a portrait, etc., we’ll be pleased to answer them for you.
The following are the inquiries you should make of your wedding photographers:
Are you able to shoot today?
Of course, you must confirm with the selected photographer that they are available to shoot at the location and on the designated date.
What are your cancellation and booking terms?
Your next query should be about the booking and cancellation process if the photographer is available to shoot and you are virtually certain to proceed with the photographer. Simply because you have been speaking with the photographer does not indicate that they have reserved those dates for you without first receiving payment for the reservation.
Will there be a contract for my wedding photography?
Always demand a written agreement with all terms and conditions stated clearly. You won’t have any last-minute surprises thanks to this. The general rule is always to seek an explanation when in doubt.
Can you accommodate my budget for wedding photography?
Do not hesitate to ask for a price within your budget for wedding photography. The cost of the wedding constantly exceeds the budget owing to numerous unforeseen last-minute ideas or simple errors. Even in wedding photography, this can occur. To receive a price for your customized wedding photography, try to provide your photographer with as many specifics as possible. Because no two weddings are the same, you should always insist on a customized package. You might need an additional photographer for a special guest at your wedding, an additional photographer you might have a last-minute, smaller event that needs to be captured, or you might be planning a very small, intimate wedding that calls for a small team of wedding photographers to capture images of all of your closest friends and family. Ask for a customized wedding photography package and include as much information about your wedding as possible.
Will you or a member of your team be the photographer at my wedding?
Many independent photographers have large crews, so you might not find out until the last minute who will be coming to capture your wedding. Particularly if you are renting a studio, this is true. Since a photographer’s personal style greatly influences the quality of their work, it is important to get to know the photographer who will be in charge of the team so that you are aware of the kind of images you can expect to obtain.
Can we view your complete photo gallery?
Many wedding photographers utilize terms like “Top 10 wedding photographers” and “Best rated wedding photographers” these days for SEO purposes, but determining whether or not they are the best will require you to conduct research. After all, this is your wedding, so you can’t take any chances. Demand to see the entire gallery or all of the albums, and request client testimonials. You can purchase awards and ratings but you can’t purchase client references.
Consider the photographer’s experience as well; the more years of experience they have, the safer the risk you are taking with your money will be. An experienced wedding photographer will know their craft, be ready for any situation, and be able to find solutions, which will make your life easier on the day of your wedding. Reputable magazines, TV shows, and websites that have written about discussed, or showcased the wedding photographer’s work are another place to search for the reliability and reputation of your wedding photographer.
I want to have my own unique wedding. What kind of wedding photos do you take? Does that match my sense of humor?
Tell your photographer about your ideal wedding photos. the sort of images you’re looking for. It is preferable to avoid hiring a photographer if they do not offer that style than to regret it later because he did not snap that unique family portrait because his aesthetic did not suit your preferences. Many candid wedding photographers shy away from taking staged or group images. They simply don’t do that kind of photography. However, if you are organizing a large wedding in a destination, you must work with a photographic studio that provides you with a decent mix of posed, staged, and candid pictures. Family and friends from all around the world converge on a stunning site for a destination wedding.
The couple is significant, but so are the location and the people. As wedding favours, you might wish to distribute tastefully framed pictures. Even if you have all the rituals photographed, you might want to keep in mind the mehendi decorations near the pool or just put a family portrait on the wall. In order to ensure that you and the wedding photographer are on the same page, it is crucial to be clear about what you want to preserve as a wedding memory.
At my wedding, I’ll have a lot of VIP guests. How do you plan to manage that?
Couples from wealthy backgrounds or successful business owners frequently ask this question. If you think your VIP and celebrity wedding guests require a special photo and video coverage, always request a specialized photographer. If there is a dress code, for instance for a black tie event, please specify it. Inform your photographer if they need to bring identification or a pass to events where it is necessary.
How can you film unexpected incidents without giving anything away?
Keeping surprises from your photographer could backfire, so avoid doing so. Keep your photographer informed if you’re planning a surprise proposal or flash mob at your wedding; otherwise, they might be more astonished than you and miss the moment.
Is collaboration with wedding decorators crucial for photographers?
Make sure that your wedding photographer and your wedding decorator are introduced before the lighting, colour schemes, and various installations are finalized if you have a wedding planner or designer. Since light is a key component of photography, poor lighting will prevent you from taking beautiful pictures. Always choose yellow lights that are warm and natural-looking. The stage’s height and lighting are both similar. Having designated areas for your photographers to stand in a while photographing the mandap is also a smart idea, especially if the mandap is built over a swimming pool or if you want to perform live streaming and want a clear view.
Do you capture behind-the-scenes and bridal makeup?
Many couples want pictures of themselves getting ready, as well as pictures and videos during the sangeet rehearsals. You recall these with joy and good times. However, it is advisable to make sure that the hotel or the salon allows photography because many hotels may have specific spaces for shooting and many salons may have a strict no-photography policy. There are numerous photographers who capture the fun of bridesmaids’ makeup and photo sessions. You need to tell your family and friends about BTS(behind the scene) photographs so they will not be in surprise while in pajamas.
How do you take pictures of a camera-averse person? How are brides posed for?
Many of us are acutely aware of being constantly photographed. Many of us likewise struggle with our bodies. You’ll be astonished to learn that we have a lot of couples that worry about things like their height difference, body weight, posture, etc. Instead, we should just enjoy our wedding day without worrying about a camera following us and be really comfortable in our skin. Never forget that you are not alone, and your wedding photographer’s role is to help you feel at ease. The photographer’s role is to direct you to strike a position that enhances your physical features. A skilled wedding photographer will always highlight your characteristics and make you appear your best in your bridal pictures.
How many people will be on the photography team? How many passengers will there be?
Always inquire about the team size as well as your obligation to cover lodging, transportation, and meals. Hiring a single wedding photography firm to take photos and wedding films is the best course of action. Ascertain the number of photographers, videographers, production personnel, sound artists, and assistants who will be traveling as well as whether you are in charge of making travel and lodging arrangements for them. If you want them to, don’t be afraid to ask your photographer to organize your vacation.
You have the option of paying the travel and lodging costs out of the booking fee or compensating the photographer. If it would be more convenient, you may also request an all-inclusive quote. For the photographers who are in charge of the team, it is typically a good idea to have a few rooms at the same location as the wedding. Between shots, this space can be utilized to rest, store and charge equipment and batteries, and backup data. This design can help cut down on travel time from other hotels to the wedding location, preventing any potential traffic delays. Giving your photography team a designated automobile is also a smart idea to prevent lost time from waiting for a shuttle service.
Does your wedding photographer need to be fed?
Always be specific about the cuisine. Since food packets are still frowned upon in India, you might have to pay for meals as well. A wedding photographer won’t likely be happy to eat from a cold, soggy food packet sitting in a dim hotel room. However, feel free to inquire whether your wedding photographer can arrange for a special buffet for the team with the hotel chef, which can be more affordable for you. You can inquire at your hotel about setting up a simpler buffet for the team with other guests.
What further services are there?
Always inquire about any additional services the photographer may be providing. Numerous wedding photographers offer high-end photo books, slide shows, pre-wedding or save-the-date shoots, same-day edits, 360-degree streaming wedding videos, and VR wedding videos.
What is your backup plan?
Inquire about any backup plans, such as those for camera failure, data loss, last-minute requests for more rituals to be photographed, additional shoot days, or the use of more photographers than initially planned. Don’t forget to inquire about the accompanying pricing for any additional services or photographers.
When will my pictures arrive?
Don’t forget to inquire about delivery schedules for albums, color-corrected photographs, and edited films. Please be aware that editing videos and photos require a lot of time. A typical three-day Indian wedding can result in up to 15000 photographs, from which the photographer must select the best and color-correct the best of the best. Videos are no different. Before they can be made into a poignant wedding film, video footage must be chosen. Additionally time-consuming are each iteration of album design and video editing changes. Your recommendations for adjustments will be delivered more quickly the more proactively you are.
Do I receive a specific relationship manager for the delivery of my wedding photos and videos?
Inquire about your alternatives for a committed relationship manager to oversee the delivery of your wedding pictures. For their high-end clients, many photographic studios have dedicated relationship managers. Ask what alternatives you have for a collaborative album designer. You might have luck finding a designer who will collaborate closely with you on your albums. Depending on your photographer, this service could be free or chargeable.
How can I send a wedding magazine my wedding photos?
Many designers now request brides post them on Instagram. Many wedding publications and websites are looking for material and would love to cover your wedding. You can request some fast photo submissions from your photographer so that you can use them wherever you like. However, always remember to give the photographer credit out of respect. Often, the photographer will submit the photos on your behalf directly. Let your photographer know prior to writing if you do not want your images to publish anywhere.
Finally, have fun on your wedding day because it won’t happen again. Hire an experienced wedding photographer who will make you feel at ease right away. I hope your wedding is fun.