Choosing a wedding photographer can be a stressful task. There are so many photographers to choose from and it can be hard for a new bride-to-be to decide who is the best fit. In this blog post, we will go over the 5 most frequently asked questions by new brides about wedding photography.
Top 5 Questions New Brides Ask When Choosing a Wedding Photographer
1. What makes a good wedding photographer?
A good wedding photographer is someone who has a keen eye for capturing the moments that are important to you. They should be able to capture your personality and style through their work, as well as have an understanding of what makes great photography in general. Also, don’t forget about personality. Your photographer should be someone you feel comfortable with, and someone who can make the day fun for everyone. An engagement session is a perfect opportunity to get a feel for how the photographer interacts with you and your partner. It’s also an opportunity that can help make sure everyone is on board before committing, which will save time in case there are any issues down the line! The engagement session should be fun so it doesn’t seem like work – this way when they show up on wedding day ready to shoot photos of all those special moments-you’ll know them well enough by then to not only trust their skills but enjoy working together as friends too :)
2. Why are wedding photographers are so expensive?
Wedding photographers are “expensive” because they have to invest in equipment, insurance and taxes, and most important of all, education.
A wedding photographer will need a camera that is reliable and designed for capturing all those special moments on your big day – which can cost anywhere from $2000-$5000 (and this doesn’t include lenses). They’ll also want professional quality lighting gear so they don’t miss any important details during your wedding, which could run another couple thousand dollars if not much higher! And then there are post-production costs. Once the wedding is over, your photographer will be the only vendor still working! There will be hundreds of photos to edit, and they will need to be retouched so that you can enjoy them for years.
A wedding photographer is not an expense – it’s a wise investment! They are worth their weight in gold because the memories captured on your big day will be the only thing you have left once the wedding day is over.
3. How many photos should a wedding photographer deliver?
During a typical wedding, a photographer will take anywhere from 500 to 1000 photos. The number of pictures taken is largely dependent on the wedding’s timeline and how many guests are in attendance, but it also depends upon what type or style you’re looking for (elegant versus candid).
A good approximation would be that your professional would deliver at least 100 images per hour spent shooting during an event. So if they spend eight hours photographing, then there be approximately 800 photographs delivered! This may sound like overkill…but when those memories fade away with time, these shots can become priceless family heirlooms that future generations can cherish as much as today’s couples do with their own wedding day album.
4. Do you need two photographers at a wedding?
There are a couple of reasons you will want 2 photographers at your wedding. First, it is always a good idea to have more than one person shooting at the event which allows you to capture different perspectives. Second – if you are looking for specific shots (ie: the groom’s reaction as the bride walks in) then having two photographers will allow them to capture the bride and groom without any of their attention being diverted elsewhere.
If budget permits it is recommended to have two photographers. That way they can help capture those candid moments that happen throughout different parts of the day in order to not only get all requested photos but also some extra special once-in-a-lifetime moments as well! (Enter dad’s single tear as he holds his baby girl’s hand for the last time). This way there won’t be anyone left out when viewing images from this special occasion which may last just minutes yet means so much…you’ll cherish these memories forever.
5. Is there anything else that I need to know about photography before we hire someone?
The best thing to know about the photographer you choose is, what happens if something goes wrong? We all want everything to go smoothly all the time, but let’s face it, that’s not how life works. What happens to your photos if they drop their camera or other equipment? Will they be able to continue taking photos? Are there backups? Most professionals photographers will have a backup camera and equipment.
If you’re not sure about the photographer, ask them these questions before hiring! It’s better to be safe than sorry when it comes down to this important decision for your wedding day memories that will last forever…or at least until technology changes again in another 20 years or so ;)
As a new bride, you may have a lot of anxiety and questions about the photographer that will be capturing your wedding day memories. If these are some of the questions you are asking yourself while searching for a wedding photographer, we welcome the opportunity to put you at ease and answer these questions and more for you!