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do i specifically have to tell my photographer what shots i want, or should i trust them
ive read heaps of forums with brides saying their photographer missed the 'dress hanging up shot' etc. to avoid this happening to me, should i be making a list of shots i want for my photographer?
Great question! I think the headline answer is that the final 'shot list' shold be a collaboration between both of you.
A good photographer will have some great ideas about things that the bride might not have thoght of (as a photographer, i love to capture little detials such as brides shoes or table decorations which are often overlooked). But the bride may well have specifics that she wants or are especially important (for example I'm shooting a wedding soon where the bride will be wearing the veil from her grandmothers wedding dress which could be missed unless she had mentioned it to me).
All in all, don't be afraid to say what you'd like but also challenge the photographer to come up with suggestions too!
how close should my wedding photos location be to my ceremony and reception?
like is it too much to ask for photos to be somewhere half an hour drive away??
Great question! Definitely keep the two a close together as possible (5 mins drive or so - ideally walking distane).
Every minute on your wedding day really counts so you don't want to waste valuable time sitting in a car. Also, imagine if there's a traffic jam and you have all of yoiur guests waitng for you.. what then?
Summary - keep them v close to each other - ideally walking distance!
It's a great question! It's definitely worth investigating if the photographer in question is prepared to help make it happen - for example by adding in a few extras as part of the deal. Such a job would be prestigeous for the photographer so i'd expect them to work with you to make it happen. Good luck with it!
Great question !
It all depends what time of year. Spring/Summer are peak periods and the week end slots disappear fast - so its' worth booking in a fav phtogographer 6+ months in advance.
In winter and if your wedding is a week day, photgoraphers tend to be more easliy avialble so less lead time is needed.
Even if your photographer is availabe on the date you want, he/she will need time to recce the venue and talk to you about a plan. Personaly, even for last minute bookings I'd like 2 weeks minimum to get everything lined up correctly.
Hi - that's a great question! Most photographers base thier fees on the ammount of time the shoot will take but the hourly rate they use to calculate it does vary a lot! Sometimes, a high price means a photographer is packing in a lot of extras (e.g. two photographers, high quality equipment etc etc) and sometimes a high price refelcts the fact that the photographer has a good reputation. But a low price doesn't necessarily mean low quality. In my case, I'm aiming to bulild up my business so am deliberatley offering what I feel is a very attractive rate even though I feel I offer a great service.
Ultimately, the only judge of wheter a price is 'good' is you - the customer so I'd suggest selecitng a photographer that you feel fits your needs and is within your budget rather than using pure price as the guide. Hope this helps!
Great question and the answer is, of course, YES! Its your wedding so it's important you get things your way.
Having said that, the ammount the photographer charges might not reduce that much vs having him/her there for some extra shots too. That's because there's a lot of set up time involved in shooting a wedding (checking venue, agreeing shot lists, travel etc etc) so the ammount you save won't be in proportion to the ammount of time that's reduced.
I'd also add that my clients usually love the shots to tell the story of the day (bride getting ready, guests arriving, bride arriving, post ceremony groups, reception, cutting cake, first dance etc etc), rather than just the ceremony itslef, so it's worth thinking about what you might be missing if the photographer is only there for the ceremony.
But if the photos that you want are just the ceremony, then go for it!
What questions should I ask a potential wedding photographer?Lucy G
I want to make the right choice when choosing my wedding photographer. What questions should I a potential photographer?
The most important question is to ask the photographer what ideas or suggestions they have for capturing your wedding in a memorable and beautiful way.
if they answer this question well, you can be sure they are eager to work with you and will do a great job.
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