Choosing a wedding photographer in Sydney may seem like an easy decision to make. A quick online search will show up many photographers to choose from. All with beautiful portfolios, inspiration and information to make your decision a simple and enjoyable one.
Once you make your decision you may have thought that was your job done. However, it’s important to remember that the discussions you have with your photographer before your wedding are just as important. Like when hiring any professional to do a service for you, the detail is all in the preparation and the pre-event discussions.
Here are 3 crucial discussions to be having with your photographer before you walk down the aisle.
A professional wedding photographer in Sydney should be discussing key timings with you. One of the more obvious questions is will they be available for your big day. Although this may seem like discussion that you will have from the get go, it’s important to find out whether “they” will be the actual photographer.
Although you may have discussions about the type of styling you are after, where you venue is and all the other details, ask yourself, am I discussing these details with the photographer that will actually be there or another employer of the business?
Ask your photographer if your exact dates and times are suitable for them and not another member of their team. Discuss not only the ceremony itself, but also bridal and groomsmen party photos and those that will also be taken at the reception.
Timing isn’t only an issue for the actual day itself but also after the big event. Ask your photographer when you will receive your photos and how long it may take if you require any additional touch ups or services. For example, your photographer may say you will receive the images within one week, but if you decide that you also want to change the filter of some key photos, ask if this will prolong the wait time.
All those lovely photographs you saw online to make your decision are images that were taken for other clients, which may or may not have had permission to be used. Before signing any contracts or service agreements, make sure you ask whether they will be sharing your photos for their own business purposes.
Some of these photo sharing purposes may include on their website, physical portfolio, in their office showroom, blogs or their social media. Even if you are comfortable with your photographer using your photos for their own use, it’s good to at least to have the discussion to ensure you are both on the same page and no future issues will arise.
Discuss post event procedures
Most of the discussions that people have with event professionals are mostly about the big day, what will happen in the lead up to the event and what will actually take place on the day.
Remember to also discuss what will happen after the wedding. A critical post event discussion to have is what will you actually receive. Of course, you know that you will be receiving photographs of your captured moments, but do you know how you will receive them? Will them be on a USB? Physically printed? Sent to you in a zip file? How will they be organized?
Having this type of information will prevent any confusion when you actually receive your photographs. For example, you may have envisioned they would be given to you in groups of styling or times of the day. To avoid disappoint have a chat about what end product you are actually expecting to receive.
Also, discuss with your photographer about whether they will be backing up copies of your photos. A lot of the time, a professional will not only make a back-up copy on an SD card and their hard drive, but they will also give you a back-up copy if required.
Nowadays, with all sorts of online drives and cloud platforms, you would be right to think that there should be a back up of your photos somewhere. However, you only have one go at your wedding, so make sure you have the discussion and safeguard yourself against losing your captured memories forever.
Before the big day, remember to have these 3 crucial discussions with your photographer. Timings, privacy and post event plans are just as important to the taking of your actual photos.