1. What You Need To Know
Wedding Photography is no easy subject and interviewing potential wedding photographers can be a daunting task. Regardless of if you are hiring the Stephanie Mason Photography Team or another studio, we have created a list of 15 questions to help you find the perfect photographer for your wedding day.
2. How Many Weddings Have You Shot?
This is a great question to get an idea of how much experience your photographer has in general. Years are not a good gauge of experience since some wedding photographers may work part time, and only shoot five weddings a year on weekends. Thus, maybe they have five years of experience, but they have only shot 25 weddings. Again, look at our experience gauge in the “How Do I Choose a Wedding Photographer” section for a gauge on what we consider experienced.
3. How Many Times Have You Worked Specifically As A Wedding Photographer?
This question is designed to find out if the photographers are specialized in wedding photography or they are “one-stop-shop-photographers.” More specifically, you would be better off looking for a photographer that specializes, not only in wedding photography but the style of wedding photography.
4. How Many Other Events Will You Photograph That Weekend?
Larger studios with multiple master photographers will often double and even triple book dates since we have the resources. However, smaller studios may plan multiple weddings on a weekend without having the resources. Imagine a studio with a single wedding photographer shooting 2-3 weddings on a weekend, the attention to the detail, and to the client, the service could suffer in these circumstances.
5. Will A Contract Of The Services Be Provided?
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, termination resolution terms, etc. A contract is created for your protection, and for the wedding photographer’s protection. It is best to hire a photographer that will build a contract with you, and be wary of photographers that “don’t typically create contracts for clients.” Our couples will receive access to their own online portal where all of this important information is stored and you can access at any time.
6. What Happens If The Photographer Is Ill?
While it is unlikely that the photographer happens to 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. Stephanie Mason Photography has three equally skilled master photographers that can take over in case someone is sick.
7. Do You Have Insurance?
Professional wedding photographers should have the proper insurance for their business. Insurance protects the photographer against equipment theft, but more importantly, it provides liability protection in case Great Uncle Bob's trips over the photographer’s bag and breaks his leg. If a wedding photographer does not have insurance, chances are they are new to the industry or are not taking their business seriously.
Stephanie Mason Photography carries general business, equipment and liability insurance.
8. Will You Colour Correct My Images?
Since colour correction is the basic post production, it should be used on every single image. Many photographers will not colour correct any, or will only colour correct “select” images from your wedding. This means that you may have a lot of pictures where your skin tones are orange, yellow, red or even blue.
Stephanie Mason Photography colour corrects every single image from your wedding to make sure each and every image is a professional quality product.
9. What Kind Of Equipment Do You Use? Do You Have Backups?
Our studio uses top quality camera bodies (R5 bodies) along with the finest quality L lenses from Canon. While wedding photographers don’t necessarily need the best of the best, it is important to have a good set of equipment. Make sure your photographer has at least the following items along with backups. Nothing would be worse than for the photographer to miss half of your weddings because her camera or lens broke, and she didn’t have a spare.
10. Should My Event Last Longer Than Scheduled, Will You Stay? Is There An Extra Charge?
Knowing up front the photographer’s policy on overages 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.
11. 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. Furthermore, for religious or cultural ceremonies, there may be certain colours that are considered taboo. Make sure your photographers will be dressed appropriately for the occasion. Stephanie Mason Photography & Team typically wear black suit pants with a black polo/dress shirt or a maxi dress.
12. How Long After The Event Will The Photos Be Ready?
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 colour 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.
Stephanie Mason & Co. has developed a consistent production schedule in order to deliver an amazing product in an exceptionally quick manner.
This schedule can be seen below:
4-10 Weeks for Weddings
1-3 Weeks for Engagement or Wedding Events
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