When the pomp and festivities of walking down the aisle are gone, the only thing that will help you relive the experience is the photos. Thus, hiring a professional wedding photographer is an important part of your wedding preparations. Asking the right questions puts you in a better position to make the right choice. Artville Photography suggests some questions to ask your wedding photographer before hiring them:
Can I See Your Portfolio?
Don’t trust everything the photographer tells you by word of mouth. In fact, a good photographer doesn’t say much; they let their work speak for them. The best way to judge a wedding photographer is by going through their previous work. That way, you will know if they have the skill and capacity to take the kind of photos you prefer. While at it, check if the portfolio has the most important photos, namely; exchanging vows, exchanging rings, first kiss, walking down the aisle, and cutting the cake. If possible, the photos should be raw, not the retouched ones.
Can I Contact Your References?
Speaking to one or two brides who have experience with the photographer is an expedient part of the hiring process. The photographer shouldn’t have an issue with you contacting their previous clients if they have confidence in what they do. Ask the brides if they would recommend the photographer to another bride and why. You also have to know about the photographer’s punctuality, relationship with guests, and overall personality.
What Happens If You Have an Emergency?
Photographers are human beings and are prone to emergencies. A good wedding photographer should therefore have a backup plan to ensure they do not disappoint you at the last minute. They should have contacts of other photographers who can stand in for them in case they are unable to come to the event.
What Type of Equipment Do you Use?
It’s common knowledge that good quality equipment produces good quality photos. Excellent photography skills and high-quality shooting equipment go hand in hand. What’s more, a good photographer should have standby equipment in case of an emergency. Make certain that your photographer has enough apparatus to ensure a smooth and successful coverage.
Do You Have an Insurance Cover?
Many couples find themselves in serious financial trouble when their photographer’s equipment is damaged because they have to pay for the damages. But if the photographer has insured their equipment, you have nothing to worry about since the insurance company will take care of the damages.