10 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Wedding Photography is no easy subject and interviewing potential wedding photographers can be a daunting task. Regardless of if you are hiring the Macona team or another studio, we have created a list of 10 questions to help you find the perfect photographer for your wedding day.
1. What is your photography style?
This should be your first and foremost question as this is the style of photography that interests you. Macona Images Wedding Photography are primarily photojournalists with a focus on authentic natural emotion and expressive imagery . For more about our wedding photography style, check out our Our Photography Style page.
2. How many weddings have you shot?
This is a great question and will give you an idea of how much experience your photographer has. Years are not a good gauge of experience since some wedding photographers may only work part time, and only shoot five weddings a year. A photoggrapher may state they have five years experience, but they may have only shot 25 weddings. Macona Images have shot more than 300 weddings with a combined experience spanning ten years.
3. How many other weddings will you photograph that weekend?
Larger studios with multiple photographers (such as Macona Images Wedding Photography) will often double book dates since they have the resources and photographers to do so. However, smaller studios may plan multiple weddings on a weekend without having the resources. If a studio with only a single wedding photographer shoots two or more weddings on a weekend then the attention to detail and focus on the client could suffer. Macona Images have a team of six photographers and videographers, so even if we are double booked we still have the capacity and resources to offer more.
4. Will a contract of the services be provided? If so, can I get a copy?
There are a lot of studios that don’t create contracts for their wedding photography clients. You should require a contract from your photographer that details what services they will be providing, pricing, cancellation terms, etc. A contract is created for your protection, and for the wedding photographer’s protection. Be very wary of photographers that “don’t typically create contracts for clients.” Macona Images will send you a digital contract as soon as you wish to secure your wedding date. You will be able to sign your contract directly on your mobile or tablet and will always have a copy on hand to refer to.
5. What happens if the photographer is sick and can't attend on the day?
While it is unlikely that the photographer will get ill on your wedding day, there is still a chance. It is crucial that the photography studio does something to take care of the situation in case of illness. Macona Images have three equally skilled lead photographers and three assistants who are all able to cover if your selected photographer is unable to attend on your wedding day.
6. Does the package I am interested in include a second photographer?
If your wedding has fifty or more guests, you should seriously consider stepping up to a package that has a second photographer. A wedding consists of so events that take place at the same time and no matter the experience, no photogapher can be in two places at once. All of Macona's wedding photography packages include at least two wedding photographers, with a third photographer avavailable for larger weddings.
7. Will your studio post-produce my images? How long after the wedding will they be ready?
Another factor in how your pictures will look is the style of post-production that the studio employs. Be extremely careful, as many studios don’t post-produce your images, rather they give them to you unfinished and straight from the camera. This means that you may receive a lot of photos where your skin tones can look orange and you will not receive a finished and professional product. Macona have developed our own unqiue style of post-production with every single image colour corrected and processed for a pleasing asthetic inline with modern wedding photography style.
Each wedding photography studio varies in the time it takes to produce and deliver your pictures. Studios that do not do any post production or color correction may try to entice you by saying your photos will be ready within the week, or even the next day. However, most studios that develop and produce their images will take anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months. Macona Images will deliver all edited photos and videos within 6 weeks of your wedding day.
8. What kind of camera equipment do you use? Do you have backups?
Our studio uses top quality camera bodies (5D Mark 4) along with the finest quality preofessional L-Series lenses from Canon. Check out what’s in Our Camera Bag. While wedding photographers don’t necessarily need the best of the best, it is important to have a strong set of equipment. Make sure your photographer has camera gear which can handle the most difficult of wedding environments and have backups. Nothing would be worse than a photographer missing half of your wedding because their camera could'nt handle the dark church or reception, or if their lens broke, and they didn’t have a spare.
9. Should my event last longer than scheduled, will you stay? Is there an extra charge?
Knowing up front the photographer’s policy on overtime is critical. You don’t want to be surprised when your wedding photographer asks for an additional $1,000 before they release your pictures to you. Even worse, you don’t want your wedding photographer to just pack up and leave when their time is up.
10. What attire will the photographer and their assistants wear?
Even though the wedding photographers are a big part of the wedding day, it’s important that they are not distractions. As such, it’s important for the photographer to blend in as much as possible. Typical Macona Images' wedding photography attire is black pants with a black polo or shirt. We dress completely in black because we want to go unnoticed by the clients and guests so that we can capture the wedding photojournalistically.