I speak to coutless couples planning their wedding, and have found a few warning signs from the feedback I have heard. Here are a few:
- A friend or photographer may tell you that they’ve done other people’s weddings and assure you that they can handle yours. Be cautious: ask to see pictures from those weddings. Even if the price is great, even free, think twice about it. Pictures may not seem so important now, but not having good wedding pictures may be something you may regret for years to come.
- Some photographers who have a studio with other photographers working from them book your wedding and lead you to believe that they’ll be the one taking the pictures. The day arrives, and so does another photographer, someone you’ve never met. Specify in your contract the name of the person who will be taking the picture. Look at pictures of the weddings that person has shot (not the ones of the other studio photographers).
- Meet with the actual photographer who will be taking your pictures. Discuss the type and number of shots, the length of time the photographer will be taking pictures.
- Don’t be lured into what you think is a great deal by committing to the lowest priced package, and then end up having to pay heavy prices for additional photos. Some photographers make the package deal sound cheap until they’ve completed the job. Ask ahead of time what the addition photo charges will be for 5x7s and 8x10s. If considering a package, really study the options to select the package that will most realistically cover all the shots you want of your wedding and avoid the extra expensive additional photos.
We are open to help couples get the best experience from their wedding photography (even if you have not hired us) feel free to email me with any questions, and if I can, I will be happy to help out. Use the contact form on our Okanagan Wedding Photography Site!