Wednesday, January 29, 2014

How to Hire a Wedding Photographer

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How to Hire a Wedding Photographer by Jayson Mullen Design and Photography

Before you hire a wedding photographer, this is a must-read post by Jayson Mullen Designs and Photography, filled with lots of awesome information and tips for how to make the right decision. He even created a list of important to questions to ask photographers that you are interested in hiring. Enjoy this helpful information while browsing the beautiful work of Jayson himself. We highly recommend Jayson Mullen Designs and Photography, so check out his website for more photos and information about his services!

Getting Started

So you’ve recently been engaged. Congratulations! You know where you are going to get married, but now comes the exciting task of picking your wedding photographer. Some of you will already have a couple of photographers in mind, and some of you might not have any idea where to start. Well we are here to help! Choosing a photographer can be challenging, but it can also be a fun experience where you make a friend or two in the process.

Setting a Budget

First thing is first, you need to decide how valuable photography is to you on your wedding day. As a photographer myself, I will say that it should be VERY valuable. When you remember your wedding day 10 years, 20 years, 30 years from now, you will look at the pictures and the photographs are what will help you recall those most precious memories. Your budget will help you decide on what you can spend on your wedding day photography. Once you figure out how much you can spend you can start shopping around.

How to Research Wedding Photographers

We suggest contacting three or four photographers. Having great work that you adore is one thing, but let’s face it… you will be spending loads of time with one of these photographers. There will be meetings, phone calls, text messages, engagement photos, rehearsal dinners, and not to mention one of the biggest days of your life, the wedding day. If you don’t like their personality, there is a possibility that it will show in the photos.

When you contact your selected photographers, get their pricing information and set up a face to face meeting with them. This meeting will give you all a chance to talk and for you to find out if this photographer is going to be a good fit for you and your family on the big day. At the meeting you will get a chance to discuss package options and pricing all in great detail. Some photographers may allow for customization of any package or let you create an a la carté package that fits you perfectly.

Questions to Ask a Photographer

While meeting with the photographer it is good to prepare yourself ahead of time and list out all the questions you have for that photographer. I’ve seen many people at meetings have a fleeting thought that they just can not nail down, and it would have been better had they just written down all their questions. Here are some great sample questions that will help you know you are choosing the right photographer:

• What is your average turnaround time for photographs after the wedding? This question is common, but never asked until a week after the wedding when folks are excited to see the pictures.

• Do you have a backup camera? This will help settle your mind if things go wrong for the photographer on the big day. Generally a backup camera is preferred, but a second shooter is a good alternative.

• How many weddings have you done? This is a great marker for how much experience a photographer has

• Have you ever shot a wedding at my venue?

• Ask about other vendors that the photographer enjoys working with. Photographers work with a lot of vendors and they know who can help you out for your other wedding day needs.

• How much time do you need after the ceremony to take family photos and bride & groom portraits? With a first look and without a first look?

• Do you have examples from real weddings that I can see? (Styled shoots are amazing, but you want to make sure your photographer has shot real weddings and experience real wedding stress. This will ensure a smooth experience for you.)

• (If applicable) What rights do I have to my photos? Are they limited to printing to a certain size or are there no size limits?

• Do you have insurance?

There are many other questions that can be asked but this is an example of the typical questions asked by a bride and groom. Most importantly, find someone who has a personality you love. The working relationship you will create with your photographer can turn into a lifelong relationship where they capture your family events for years to come. Pick one that is best suited to you.

I hope all this helps you pick out the perfect photographer for your wedding day! The Bride Link has a great list of Knoxville wedding photographers listed on their vendor page making it a great resource to find not only your perfect photographer, but to meet all your other wedding day needs. Check them out!

“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” ― Ansel Adams

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