January is always a busy month for wedding bookings, I am taking enquiries everyday and booking at least 3 a week, so if you have your date and would like to have a chat to me about your big day please get in touch sooner rather than later as popular dates for this year have gone and they're going fast fast for next year too.
There are lots of things you should be asking your wedding photographer when you meet with them, that people generally aren't asking me, I mention them and let them know anyway, but they are things that should be asked, so here is a list of top ten things to as your wedding photographer when you meet up:
Top Ten things to ask your Wedding Photographer
1. Have you ever worked at my wedding venue before and if the answer is no - then ask them if they will go and have a look round to familiarize themselves with your venue beforehand.
2. Do you carry spare cameras and lenses ? Some amateur wedding photographers think it's ok to turn up with just one camera and one lens - not thinking about the fact that if one starts to play up - or breaks completely - what happens then ? Your wedding day doesn't stop because a camera or lens has broken..... so they must be prepared.
3. If your day runs slightly late - half an hour or so - as they can do - does the photographer stay until the point they were asked to - they wont just leave without telling you - will they????? make sure they will stay until the first dance happens or the end of the speeches or whatever point you want them until - if it's running very late there may be a charge - they should tell you about this when you book them.
4. Can you request images to be taken on your day - so if you see a photo that you really like or have an idea for a photo will the photographer try and achieve it on your wedding day for you ?
5. What happens about group shots - who chooses what gets done ? I always ask my couples to write me a group shot list - a list of around 10 to 15 photos of their family and friend group shots - these are the more formal group shots - i only do a few, but having a list means that we don't forget anybody and we get through them as quickly and efficiently as possible to save people waiting around getting bored, if you think of any extras on the day that's fine. Some photographers don't do any and don't want to do any - so if you want some ask your photographer if they are happy to do some for you - don't just assume they will do them.
6. Ask your photographer if they have public liability insurance - venues don't generally ask to see it, but if they do and your photographer doesn't have it they can ask your photographer to leave the premises without insurance.
7. What are you getting for the price - how many hours and roughly how many photos - do you get everything or a limited number ? Make sure that you have in writing what you are going to receive from the photographer and also how long after the wedding you can expect to get them.
8. What happens if the photographer is sick - do they send somebody else or are you left in the lurch ?
9. Can you order prints and an album afterwards ? Is there an online gallery to share with your guests ?
10. Does the photographer bring an assistant and if so do they take photos too ? Some people want two photographers covering their wedding to get the different angles whilst others find it intrusive - the choice is yours - it's your day make sure you have hat you want.
If you would like to have a chat with me about your special day you can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 07885472010.
To everybody getting married this year, may you have a wonderful, fun filled day.
I travel all over the country photographing weddings, venues that are very close to me - within 3 miles, include: Brockencote Hall, Manor Hill House, Dodford Church, Chaddelsley Corbett Church, Belbroughton Church, Grafton Manor and of course the many churches around Bromsgrove, Hogarths Stone Manor and also The Granary are just up the road, all are great wedding venues.