Questions to ask my wedding photographer?
As a company we rely on the trust of our clients, they trust us to get it right on the day and to come prepared no matter what the scenario - after all this is your big day! That said, we've answered a few "Questions to ask my wedding photographer" that people might be afraid to ask when they meet their potential photographer but in reality should always be asked.
What happens if you get run over by a bus the day before my wedding?
Hmm... Not happened as yet (touch wood!) but in any case the answer is easy. If we can walk or even hop on one leg then we'll be there - no doubt. We've never let anybody down - not even come close to doing so but obviously I can see the concern. Heaven forbid anything did happen to us then we have a backup plan(s) in place. We work closely with another local photographer whom would be our first call. If he was busy then we have a plan C. We have access to details for professional photographers to use in an emergency. A simple date search will provide us with the contact details of the photographers that are free on said date. If this was to fail then, sadly we would have no choice but to refund in full. In the mean time I'll watch my step crossing the road!
Are you a legitimate company?
Yes. Our company is "Pickin Images Photography" and is fully tax registered. We even employ an accountant to take care of the annual HMRC bookkeeping and tax returns. No cowboys here!
You're prices are very reasonable, Do you use cheap camera gear?
Defiantly not! The two main camera manufactures are Canon & Nikon, it's like TomTom and Garmin, you pick a side and go with it, for us it's Canon. These two companies produce different professional level cameras aimed at different types of professional photography i.e. Sport, Wildlife & Wedding Photography. The cameras we use are obviously aimed at the Wedding Photographers and this camera is the Canon 5D mk3. It is combined with various L series lenses and we also have back up gear in case one fails... I'll stop there because we are entering geek territory & you'll just get bored but rest assured the gear we use is specially designed for wedding photography and is Canon's very finest to date. Our prices are designed to fit in at the 'mid range' end of the industry and to give everyone a chance to afford professional photography on their big day, simple as that.
Do I have to feed you on the day?
This is by no means mandatory & we normally make our own arrangements for food whilst you are seated having your own meal with your guests but if it is offered, we usually gratefully accept but insist on a full meal (it's a long day for us too) and eating in the bar area so that we don't intrude upon your guests and ruin your seating plan!
What if it rains on my wedding day!?
Don't say it, don't even think it, the 'R' word is banned! Of course it's not going to rain on your wedding day, it's pretty rare in the UK right? Well in the extreme circumstance that we get a "shower" on the day, as with everything there is a plan B. We carry big plush umbrellas if you wanted to brave it outside or another idea is to simply do the photos indoors, we always carry studio lighting kits just in case but we've not needed them as yet.
Can I see a complete wedding album?
Any photographer will pick out the best images to advertise their work but to get a feel for their overall quality we are happy to show you a complete album as presented to a couple. Any photographer confident in his or her ability should be more than happy to provide access to a web album so you can see the quality of their work overall If they seem reluctant then it may be time to look elsewhere.
Can I see a copy of your contract?
This is no problem, we wouldn't take a penny from anyone without first agreeing to a contract. If a photographer didn't put forward a formal written agreement when you booked I would be very wary indeed. A contract safeguards both you and the photographer by clearly defining exactly what you can expect from each other in terms of coverage on the wedding day and access to the images thereafter and if this isn't formally set down you are leaving yourself wide open to big problems.
Do I receive a copy of the images on a USB?
Yes and they are full high resolution. Many photographers include 'web ready' images only. These are low quality and unsuitable for printing anything bigger than 4" x 6" This is not the case here although we do provide a full duplicate of the images in 'web ready' format as well as the the full resolution images, this is included in the price we quote.
How many other weddings will you be covering the same day?
One, Yours! It is not uncommon for photographers to cover two weddings on busy days, we believe this has the potential to create problems. The photographer is rushed and under added pressure to complete on time and if any delays throughout the day arise then they run out of time. Not a situation we'd like to be in.
How many photos would I receive?
This depends entirely on many factors such as the wedding size, the package brought, weather conditions and sometimes locations. For a medium sized wedding (We class this as 50 guests) then we would hope to return about 300 images, bigger weddings we would deliver more.
What about copyrights? Questions to ask my photographer?
We do not have copyright restrictions to our clients, some photographers have Facebook bans and all sorts, we do not. You pay us to take photos FOR YOU so they are for you to print to your heart's content. The only clause we have is in our contract for all to see and that is that you do not sell the images on to a third party for profit. For example if a venue, florist or magazine should contact you regarding the images then you would need to refer them to us to deal with.
Equipment we use?
The cameras and other equipment we use are top of the range, we shoot with a Canon 5D mark iii and L series lenses (for those of you who know their cameras). We have back up camera bodies, lenses, lights and memory cards so if any equipment should fail on the day then we have it covered. We also take as many steps as possible to avoid any loss of data on the day and throughout editing. For example, our cameras have 2 memory cards in each of them so as soon as the camera button is pushed a duplicate image is instantly created and stored on the second memory card in case a card should fail. This gives peace of mind for both the client and us. As soon as we arrive home from your day we create 4 separate copies of your photos, 1st on the computer, 2nd on a secure high branded hard drive, 3rd via an on-line offsite storage facility and the 4th is on our website via a pass worded online gallery. So you can be rest assured your images are kept safe at all times.
Questions to ask my wedding photographer?
I bet you've still got questions right? Get in touch.