To help brides and grooms know how to choose your photographer, here are some questions that should be asked:
1. How long have you been photographing weddings specifically? They should have no less than 3-year experience. I have over 40 years.
2. Who will be my photographer? Many studios are large or have freelance photographers. Nothing wrong with that. Just try to meet with whomever is going to be your photographer before your wedding day. It’s your big day. Make sure they’re the right fit for you. 8 hours is a long time to spend with someone you don’t like.
3. Do they have backup equipment? All photographers should have at least 1 backup camera, flash, and several lenses. I always shoot with 2 cameras on my person at all events. All my equipment is backed up.
4. Can I call former clients for reference? I have several client reviews on my site and most of my former clients would be happy to share their experience with me as their photographer.
5. Do you shoot in RAW format? The answer should be yes! Without getting to technical, it’s the best format for post production. I don’t know any wedding photographers who don’t shoot RAW. Not saying if they shoot jpeg, they don’t know what they're doing. Just not what I do.
6. Do you have room lighting? Photographers should have more than the flash on their camera to help light up a room. I do have this. Please note, not all venues allow extra lighting in their rooms. So, it varies from event and time allotted to setup.
7. Will I be able to print my own images? Answer is yes! You’ll receive a flash drive that’s not copyrighted and full resolution. Which you can print from your home computer or upload images to a photo printing service. (Shutterfly or Snapfish etc.)
8. Do I have pay for your meal? Actually no. Of course, it would be appreciated. If you do not, please understand I will need to leave the venue for at least 30 minutes to eat while everyone else is eating.
9. Am I expected to tip? Of course not! We'll do all we can to make you happy with the service rendered that day that hopefully you'll want to tip but, again you don’t have to. Should you decide to tip and you’re wondering what’s a good tip, well most photographers are very happy with $100 and really appreciate $50. Just saying!
10. No Haggling
Please not that our pricing is non-negotiable. While I'm aware haggling is common with some wedding industry professionals, my business has a strict no haggling policy.