Questions to ask yourself and your photographer candidates
When planning a wedding, couples have so much to consider. At times, it can all feel overwhelming. As a newlywed (and DIY bride), I can vouch for that!
One of the most essential choices you’ll make during this time is deciding how you want your day documented. I believe wedding photography is not just another expense or checklist item; wedding photography is an investment. Your photographs and video are sometimes the only tangible items left after the wedding celebrations end.
Recently, I wrote about the importance of hiring a professional to capture your big day. This week I want to share a few questions to ask yourself and your (potential) photographer.
What's the overall feel you want your photos to convey?
Ask Your Photographer:
What is your shooting style?
Do you like candid photos? Classic (posed) images? Dramatic editorial images? Do you want to hire a hands-on photographer who will guide you through poses or someone who concentrates on candid/unposed styles?
PRO TIP: Answering those questions can help you narrow down the list of potential photographers.
I classify my shooting style as a mix of classic and photojournalistic. That means I love to take candid shots throughout the day but prefer classic and romantic posed images for formal portraits.
What editing style are you most drawn to?
Ask Your Photographer:
What is your editing style?
When it comes to editing, many photographers have a niche that they like to serve. Others like to edit in a variety of styles. Some (like me) prefer to stay in a specific editing genre. Some trendy terms you may hear are “light and airy” or “dark and moody.” I am neither. More on that later.
When choosing a photographer, be sure you know the look and aesthetic you’re going for and ensure the photographer you hire can deliver your preferred style.
I classify my editing style as “true to color with a pop.” I draw inspiration from true color and film emulation editing techniques. I want your images to portray scenes as they were, true to what you saw on your big day (with slight, natural-looking enhancements.)
PRO TIP: Make sure your photographer’s portfolio matches what you discuss. This will ensure they can deliver the images you’re looking for!
Elizabeth's Most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
If you choose me as your wedding photographer, you may have more questions than the ones I already covered. Here are some of the questions I get asked the most:
- Do you travel?
Yes, I'm happy to travel with you! I consider anything beyond North Texas and the Oklahoma City Metro a "destination event."
- Will there be a second shooter at my wedding?
Yes! I bring my trusted second shooter to every wedding I photograph to assist with the ceremony and formal portraits. We can arrange that if you would like them to stick around for the entire event!
- When will I get my photos? Do we get the originals (RAWs)?
Wedding collections are delivered 8 weeks after your event. Other sessions are delivered within 4 weeks.
Unfortunately, I do not offer RAW (unedited) files for purchase as they do not reflect my brand or expertise and will remain for my eyes only.
- How many images will I get?
You will receive 50-75 edited, high-resolution images per hour of coverage for wedding collections.
It all depends on factors such as weather conditions, location, time constraints and cooperation of all involved.
- Will you stay late if things are running behind? Can we add more time to our collection on the day of?
I have various collections and the option to add more hours (at an additional cost) to ensure your entire event is covered.
The hours within every collection are continuous. However, if you think your day will run long, we can discuss adding more time if needed. Terms and conditions apply.
Choosing your photographer is a huge decision. Not hiring a pro or hiring someone who is not your perfect match could leave you wishing you had done it differently. I hope these questions and answers help you choose your perfect match. If you have any other questions let me know, I'd love to hear from you!
Happy wedding planning!
I'm Elizabeth Couch, a wedding photographer, wife, dog mom and creative professional based in Dallas / Fort Worth. Allow me to capture your love story through beautiful and timeless photography. Serving all including non-heteronormative LGBTQ+ peoples Dallas / Fort Worth / Oklahoma City and Worldwide destinations. Fort Worth Wedding Photographer, Fort Worth Photographer, 76120, Dallas Wedding Photographer, North Texas Wedding Photographer, Arlington Wedding Photographer, DFW Wedding Photographer