Bye Bye Blackbird

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Expert Advice

As a wedding professional, Bye Bye Blackbird offers expert advice to help couples plan their perfect day. Ask a question or read their expert advice.

should we have a first look?

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

Bye Bye Blackbird

I think that 'first looks' are a brilliant way of creating a truly intimate and personal experience between the two of you, whilst taking away the pressure and nervousness of being in front of a crowd. Photographing your first look also means that you can spend less time away from your guests after the ceremony. 

Thinking of having a post-wedding photo shoot?

Looking for someone to do this and wondering if anyone has done this before? It wouldn't be a "hangover party", it would be similar to a portrait shoot... just not on the wedding day but still in our outfits. In victoria somewhere.

Bye Bye Blackbird

This is similar to a first look photo session in that it minimises time spent away from guests. In my experience, most couples prefer to be with their family and friends, especially when many have travelled great distances to be apart of the day. The beauty of a post-session is that nerves are calmer, plus you can come up with some really adventurous and crazy concepts (e.g. trash the dress) that you mightened be able to achieve on the actual wedding day.

How many weddings do you book per weekend?

Bye Bye Blackbird

Typically the most a photographer can commit to over a normal weekend is two. One for each day. 

A photographer should want to give you their full attention and plenty of time for capturing the event. Normally wedding coverage can start up to two hours before the ceremony, so if your photographer does have  more than one wedding on one day, you would want to ensure they have allowed for plenty of time between each event.

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?

Bye Bye Blackbird

Prior to booking your photographer, you should always insist on a pre-booking consultation. This is where you can get a good feel for their personality and ask those essential questions such as whether they provide a shot list or capture specific photos. 

From the consultation, plus viewing the photographers portfolio in depth, the couple should be able to develop a bond and trust that the photographer will capture their day without the necessity of a shot list. Ofcourse, brides can be inspired by Pinterest or have family traditions they want incorporated, and it's important to discuss these with your photographer early on in the booking process.

whats the difference between cheap photographers and expensive ones?

like is it experience or talent or does it depend on if they are full time? I'm looking to spend between $2000-2500

Bye Bye Blackbird

This really depends on your definition of 'cheap'.

Some photographers are newly building a business, whilst others are more established and built a reputable brand. 

It really comes down to the quality of the final product. If your photographer is newly established, they certainly may have the talent and 'eye' equal to (if not better in some cases) to more expensive counterparts. But you need to visualise the final product. Definitely DO NOT settle solely on images from social media or even their portfolio. Ask to see a complete wedding to give you an idea of how they capture the whole day, not just what they want you to see online. 

Most importantly, ask to see some studio samples such as prints and/or album. Have they had any work published in a local magazine? You will want to ensure that their work is print quality. 

One other point to bear in mind, some larger expensive companies have more than one photographer. Ensure the photographer you are paying for meets the standard of the images that you see online.

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??

Bye Bye Blackbird

There are number of factors to be included here. Firstly, how long do you want to be away from your guests?

Secondly, is there a location of special significance that you want included.

I always recommend keeping the travel to minimum. No one really wants to be waiting an hour and a half for you to return.

if my dream photographer lives in another state, is it worth paying them to come to my wedding?

Bye Bye Blackbird

Firstly you need to consider where the photographer shoots the majority of their work. If the photographer shoots spectacular couples shoots against the vibrant reds of Momument Valley in the US, or perhaps stunning mountains in Iceland or Europe you need to ask yourself firstly, is it the location of the image that you are drawn to? Or is it still the photographer - and how will they translate your wedding in the location you have choosen? e.g. if all their images or shot in the desert and your wedding is going to be in a rainforest....

I believe there are always a number of excellent local photographers who you should at least approach first. Certainly show them the editing style that you are drawn to and ask them how, with their knowledge of the local area they can ensure they capture some similar beauty for you and your partner. 

if i have a bad experience with a photographer should i negatively review them?

Bye Bye Blackbird

Firstly. you need to approach your photographer and openly discuss why you were not satisified with the experience and what they can do or are willing to do to recitify the problem. If you are still unsatisified, particularly if the issue was quite major then yes - and make them aware of it. They should be actively aiming to achieve 100% customer satisfaction. If that's not their goal, then others prospective leads should be aware.

When should I start to think about hiring a photographer?

Bye Bye Blackbird

Easily up to 12-18 months in advance.

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