Iain and Jo | We tell love stories

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Expert Advice

As a wedding professional, Iain and Jo | We tell love stories offers expert advice to help couples plan their perfect day. Ask a question or read their expert advice.

Any tips on what to ask a photographer before booking?

Ultimately, the most important thing is that you choose somebody who you feel comfortable enough with to drop your guard on the day and be totally yourselves. This is what will result in the best, most natural and meaningful pictures, but here’s some questions to help you choose that person:


1. How would the day run from start to finish?

Planning out a great schedule together will give you a smooth, stress-free day, and ultimately a much better set of pictures.


2. Who is the actual person who will photograph my wedding?

If you’re going to entrust the responsibility of capturing your wedding day to somebody, it’s very reasonable to ask to meet them, see their portfolio and discuss your day with them to see if you connect. 


3. When will we get our pictures and products?

We’ve all heard the stories about couples not getting their pictures for two years. It should never happen, and you can make sure that’s not you by discussing the whole process from booking right through to collecting your pictures.


4. What’s in the package and what might we purchase after the wedding? Are those prices locked in when we book?

A lot of couples choose to book their photographer with a base photography package and then purchase wall prints and album upgrades afterwards. This is smart as it allows you to see your pictures before committing to putting them all over your walls.


5. Who produces your albums?

There’s a big different between cheap albums and locally hand-made masterpieces that will last forever.



6. How do you reduce the risk of images being lost, damaged etc?

Even the best cameras can fail, memory cards can corrupt and lenses can be dropped, so serious professionals who’s livelihoods depend upon their photography will have plans in place to cover these situations.


7. Can you show me some examples of pictures taken in poor lighting conditions?

Gorgeous, natural light is always best if possible, but even the best photographers can’t convince the sun to stay up in the sky past sunset! Natural light just isn’t always available, and a professional wedding photographer should have the skills, experience and equipment to quickly create natural-looking light when necessary.


8. How will you handle my overbearing mother / drunk uncle / paparazzi auntie or my slightly-jealous-of-all-the-attention-I’m-getting bridesmaid?

The best wedding photographers have the kind of personality that can get the best out of people even in stressful situations. 

Good luck!

should we have a first look?

Hey! I'm just wondering if as a photographer you recommend having a first look or not?

We love it when our couples choose to have a first look! If your schedule allows, it's a really lovely opportunity to have a private moment just the two of you. It means you can go into the ceremony as a team, without pressure or nerves. It also allows you to spend more time with your guests, as your photos are already done and you can go straight into the reception. For more tips, check out our blog post on why we love first looks: http://www.iainandjo.com.au/first-look-photos/

What are some wedding photo locations you recommend (melb)?

As the photographers have mentioned, it really depends on your wedding day schedule and the location of your ceremony and reception. Have a chat to your photographer about places that are meaningful to you, as well as choosing places with a beautiful backdrop. For a list of our personal faves, check out our blog: http://www.iainandjo.com.au/best-wedding-photography-locations-melbourne/

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