Here are some general questions couples often ask about a wedding photographer or the process.
1. When should I hire a wedding photographer?
We recommend meeting with photographers very early in your planning process, particularly if you have a very popular photographer in mind. The most famous photographers can book up 12-18 months in advance!
2. Should I use a second photographer?
This is a great discussion to have with your photographer. If you’re hosting a large wedding, then a second shooter can be extremely valuable. They can capture a valuable second perspective or angle of the event.
It’s the second set of eyes. However, if you’re having a small wedding, using just one shooter might be sufficient. Many photographers like to bring an assistant. Not only can they help them set things up, but it can also save them a lot of time. The assistant’s time might be included in their fees, or it might be a separate charge.
3. Do I have to pay travel costs?
Most photographers have a geographical circle or region they work within without charging a travel fee. Anything outside of that area, and you can expect to pay mileage and/or travel costs. If you opt for a destination wedding and want to bring in a photographer, you’ll not only be paying for their travel costs (including any assistants and baggage and equipment costs), you’ll need to pay for their accommodations.
4. What photography style should I use?
The answer to this popular question is highly individual. You might like a very formal approach to your wedding images. At the same time, another bridge prefers a very casual and candid approach. However, the more important question is: what photography style is your photographer known for? You’ll want to select a photographer that can give you what you want.
A wedding photographer known for formal and traditional photos is probably not the person to hire if you want the opposite. Be sure to browse their website and online gallery. Speak to other bridges they’ve worked with and get word-of-mouth referrals from friends who’ve loved their photographer. Wedding photography styles include fine art, traditional, candid/photojournalism, and vintage.