Ten Things to Ask your Wedding Photographer (and My Answers)

It’s natural that a bride wants to find out more about me as a photographer, which is why I’ve put together these 10 most common questions you may have and my answers. You’ll be surprised at some of them! For those of you who know me, I’m sure even you will learn something new about me! I cannot wait to start serving more brides and grooms, and grow, so I can anticipate any other questions you have before you even tell me!

ONE | Will you be the one shooting my wedding?

ABSOLUTELY! I can’t wait to meet you both at a non-pressure consultation where you can tell me all about how you met, your proposal (did he get on one knee?), and what you have planned for your big day! You can take a few days to make the decision to hire me, as it’s an important one. I will be spending more time with the bride on her wedding day than she will with the groom! That means it is very important that you have confidence in me. That you think we are a good match. When you decide that you are ready for your engagement session, we will spend another few hours together. At this time I will teach you about how I work.  We will have so much fun, you won’t even believe it when the session is over. This is all done so that you have confidence in me when it comes to my abilities to deliver amazing images that will showcase the love between you two, even when we are pressed for time. That way, when the wedding comes, your hubby-to-be will not dread portrait time. Through the whole process we will stay in touch. So, when you have any questions, I’m only an email away!

 

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TWO | How long have you been shooting weddings?

I captured my first wedding in the summer of 2016, and then decided to pursue some more education, so that I could really give my brides an amazing experience while delivering stunning images. I’m now actively photographing and scheduling couples as far in advance as the end of 2019! I’ve assisted many different photographers at this point, by capturing images from a different perspective as their own (btw, a second shooter is always included in your coverage with me as well, read more about that below). I have also been taking courses from the amazing Amy and Jordan as well as Katelyn James, who has a wonderful part of her course where she takes her KJ All Access members with her on a wedding, once a month, via video content; it feels just like second-shooting!

 

THREE | How would you describe your style?

I love lighter, yet vibrant colours; from when I was young already I was not a fan of “all black” and I really find that I try to capture that with my photography as well. There is so much beauty and light in this world, why not use it to the fullest and capture your big day you want to remember it; full of life and love! I especially love soft light, and I try to capture that in my photography by guiding you into the right location and pose to create the light but still vibrant images that I am known for.

 

FOUR | How would you describe your working style?

I’m very social, and I treat all of my clients like friends. I really want to form a lasting relationships with my couples. I especially focus on being efficient when necessary. This includes first looks (my fave!!!), the first 15 minutes of a family session (when the kids are still within shouting distance), and when the weather is just sooooo cold, that you need to stop every ten minutes just to make sure your toes are still attached! I love creating poses that look and feel natural, and am a huge fan of close-ups, especially when I turn them into soft black & whites.

 

FIVE | Do you shoot digitally or film?

Great question! I shoot digital (I’m a Nikon girl!), it’s all I’ve ever shot! It’s my dream to buy an old film camera and really find out how it works and create some absolute magic (someday)!

 

SIX | What is all included in your wedding packages?

Let me tell you a story: On my own wedding day, when my photographer had finished the coverage that we agreed on months before, all of a sudden we realized that we could have had another hour of coverage to capture so many more amazing memories. “That’s it for me!” he said. And I was just flabbergasted. I had totally forgotten about our agreement, to be honest. But the biggest issue was, that at the time of booking him for our wedding, we had no idea about our timeline. And that is what really spoke to me one day when I encountered a similar problem with my own business.

So now, my wedding package includes ALL DAY COVERAGE! I usually arrive about 30 minutes after the first bridesmaid arrives, and I don’t leave until all the important events are done. A second shooter will meet your groom and his friends, and will be there to assist all day, capturing your first look, and helping me speed through family portrait time. (I also have a huge gift that I’d love to tell you about at your initial consultation.) You will receive all the high resolution images on a secure link to an online gallery, I average about 150 to 175 images for each hour that we are with you. Things are always changing, but what I most want to deliver is an amazing experience for your wedding photography, that is not focused on time limits. This will be THE ONE THING you will not stress about!

SEVEN | Can we request a list of special poses we like?

I actually have more CREATIVE and UNIQUE work when I’m not working off of a shot list! The shots that you will likely be looking for are like second nature to me, and often I find that there are certain poses that really work well for both of you. Therefore I’ll have no problem capturing them for you!! However, I have a wonderful Bride and Groom Questionnaire that I send a month before your wedding day via your client portal. Here I ask for very specific and unique shots that deviate from the normal shots on a wedding day! For example, if you’re holding your grandma’s handkerchief with your bouquet or you have a surprise dance happening during the reception, those are shots that I would absolutely love to have listed in advance so that I’m well prepared!!

EIGHT | Will you blog our wedding?

Yes. Within one week, actually! I want to deliver you the most gorgeous images of your big day as soon as possible. You will be able to enjoy them on your honeymoon already. And share them with family and friends, of course! That first week after the wedding, you will be on a high, and before you get back into a normal routine, I want you to really be able to enjoy the best of the BEST of your wedding images. Your honeymoon won’t be the same without it!

NINE | How long after the wedding will we receive the full gallery?

Within a month, usually 2-3 weeks! I make it my goal to deliver your images within timely fashion. This way you can use your images for your thank you cards. Even your wedding album and parent albums. Things like that usually matter so much more shortly after your big day; it will allow you to remember the little details and not forget how amazing your big day was!

Entire Gallery Sneak Peek

TEN | Will the images be accessible online? How long?

My favorite question! 🙂 Your images will be accessible via a secure link to an online PASS PLUS gallery. This gallery is super mobile friendly, it’s even got an app! You will be emailed detailed instructions on how to get the most out of your gallery. It’s actually very self-explanatory, but you can always ask me for help! The gallery will be live for 10 years. If you decide you want me to reactivate it, just let me know. It’s no issue, a mere click of a button for me. This way when it’s one of your girlfriends’ birthdays, you can click to download and post her a congratulatory post on Instagram without ever leaving your bed (if that’s what you want).

PASS PLUS Gallery Screen Shot

PASS PLUS Gallery Screen Shot

 

I know these are not all the questions that come to mind when you are looking for YOUR wedding photographer, but it’s a start! And I’m so willing to answer any other questions you may have, just send me a message here, and we will go from there!

Dianne

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