I asked the good people of twitter what they thought were important questions to ask your wedding photographer, and below is what they came up with. If you have any questions that aren’t answered here please do get in touch with me at email@example.com
What are your prices?
My photography services start at £1200. For more information check out my pricing page.
How do you feel about staged photos?
Staged photos, or wedding party and family formals are important. I don’t include them in my portfolio because they tend to be less distinctive and they’re not what I specialize in, but I am happy to take as many as you like.
How long will it take to get my photographs back?
Typical turn around time is six weeks.
What kinds of cameras do you use?
I have two professional grade Canon digital SLRs with three different lenses for a variety of focal lengths. I also sometimes shoot with a very old Mamiya medium format camera, a Holga, and a manual 35mm Nikon F3 that was born the same year as me. Recently I acquired a classic Hasselblad, and it will most certainly be coming with me to all of my weddings because it takes the prettiest pictures ever.
Will my wedding be blogged?
I blog every wedding I shoot unless the couple specifically asks me not to. The advantage is that people have a nice space to share the story of their wedding day with their friends and family if they don’t want to share their whole gallery with everyone. I also really enjoy sharing my most recent work. However I am a firm believer in privacy and if you don’t want me to blog your wedding, or if you would prefer that I leave out certain images, then I am more than happy to be accommodating.
How can I make sure I look my best in photos?
Relax, and have a good time. I’ll take care of the rest. Also have you ever heard the saying that real estate is all about location, location, location? Well, photography is all about lighting, lighting, lighting. Choose a venue with lots of natural light, feel free to consult with me about how best to utilize that light, and oh my goodness your pictures will be amazing.
What is the biggest piece of advice you can give a couple planning their wedding day?
There is a lot about wedding planning that can be stressful. You might find that a lot of people have opinions. You might find yourself in screaming matches with your partner about table settings, or (if you’re like me) about what kind of music to play at your reception. Just know that all of this is normal, and it’s okay. Weddings are important, which is why they tend to bring out people’s crazy. It’s okay to say no, and it’s okay to compromise. Your wedding doesn’t have to have original DIY details falling out of its ears to be beautiful, and it doesn’t have to be perfect to be a great wedding. The things that go wrong always make the best stories. It’s a special day and most likely you’ve put a lot of time, effort, thought and money into it – so when your wedding day rolls around remember to relax, take a deep breath, and enjoy it!
Why did you become a wedding photographer?
I’ve loved photography for as long as I can remember, even before I started thinking about the pictures that I was taking. For a long time I thought I wanted to be a photojournalist, but then I discovered that I didn’t feel right trying to talk people into letting me photograph them during their most vulnerable moments, and I was less keen on wandering off into dangerous situations than I thought. A friend of mine from my photography program started shooting weddings and he told me I should try it out. I mulled it over for a few years until I finally realized that it was my dream job – there are all of the aspects of photojournalism that I love: honesty, spontaneity, as well as the compelling emotional moments that I find so beautiful, AND people actually want me to be there. When I finally shot my first wedding, that was me. I knew I had found what I was supposed to be doing.
How long have you been a photographer?
I enrolled in an arts magnet for high school at the age of 15 and I took my first photography class there. I have since taken photography classes at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke and as a graduate student in photojournalism at the University of Texas at Austin. I shot my first wedding when I was 28, and now I’m 31. I’m not sure at what point in there I became a photographer, but it’s been something that I have loved doing for a very long time.
What are your favorite kinds of books?
I actually got my degree in English and I really like literary fiction. I love authors from all periods and literary movements: From Jane Austen all the way through to Margaret Atwood. I do not like James Joyce or Proust or Falkner. I do like Salman Rushdie, Henry James, Edith Wharton, E. M. Forster, Toni Morrison, and Cormack McCarthy – ‘All The Pretty Horses’ is possibly the most beautiful book that I have ever read. All of that being said, I listen to audio books while I process weddings to help keep me at the computer, and lately my tastes seem to have taken a distinct Scifi/Fantasy bend. I shall hear no words spoken against the Harry Potter books, as I love them more than is rational. I’m currently in the middle of the Songs Of Fire and Ice series, and I have also deeply enjoyed many a book by Octavia Butler and Neil Gaiman.