How To Interview A Brisbane Wedding Photographer
24/4/2010- Tips and Articles – by Lucas Kraus
Your Brisbane wedding photographer is going to be your employee in many ways, so you will need to be absolutely sure that this is a person that you can trust with your wedding pictures. Treat him or her like a job applicant and see how you interact with each other.
Making a list
You can find a list of wedding photographers in your local phone book, but it’s much easier to get onto a wedding website and see who local people recommend. This list is much shorter and can lead you to higher quality people without having to call everyone from A to Z.
Once you have a list of photographers, start to call them to set up appointments. Try not to schedule them too close to each other so that you can spend as much time as you need with each one. If you’re rushed, you may forget to ask particular questions and you may also forget which photographer said what.
Make a list of questions that you want to ask. You can ask about pricing, hourly fees, added costs, location costs, various developing techniques, and more. Try to think of every question that you and your soon-to-be spouse can, even if you think they sound silly. No question is too silly, and if the photographer has been around long enough, then they will have heard them all.
Your interview style
One of the things that works best in talking with wedding photographers is to try to make sure that you are leading the conversation. You want to make sure that you are getting your opinion into the talks, rather than being told what other couples are doing and saying about them and how much their fees are.
If you feel like you’re being sold a product, rather than an opportunity to have some great pictures, then you can cut the appointment off and leave. You have no obligation to choose anyone until you’re completely satisfied with your choice.
Look at the samples carefully and make sure that you’re looking at ones that are recent. Sometimes photographers in Brisbane will try to show you older photos, but if that’s not your style, then it’s really not applicable. Study the quality of the pictures and look for poses that you like.
Your wedding pictures will serve as a reminder of the happiness and joy of your wedding day. You need to find someone who will create masterpieces of your photos. Take your time in finding someone, but do it early—if you live in a smaller town, these photography professionals can book up early.
10 + 1 of the best questions you can ask
- Are you available on our wedding date? Ensure the photographer is available on your specific wedding date before diving into other details.
- Can you share your portfolio or recent wedding work? Reviewing their past work will help you assess their style, creativity, and overall photography quality.
- Do you have experience shooting weddings in Brisbane? Local knowledge can be beneficial for finding the best photo locations and dealing with weather or venue-related challenges.
- What is your photography style? Discuss their approach, whether it’s traditional, candid, documentary, or a mix, to see if it aligns with your vision.
- What packages do you offer, and what is included in each package? Understand the pricing structure and what services, such as engagement sessions, albums, or additional hours, are included.
- Can we customize a package to suit our needs and budget? Flexibility in package customization can be important for tailoring the services to your specific requirements.
- How many hours of coverage are included in the package, and what is the overtime rate? Clarify the coverage duration and potential extra charges if your wedding runs longer than expected.
- Do you work with a second photographer or assistant? A second photographer can capture different angles and moments, providing more comprehensive coverage.
- What is your backup plan in case of equipment failure or an emergency? Ensure the photographer has contingency plans to handle unexpected situations on your wedding day.
- When can we expect to receive our wedding photos, and how are they delivered? Discuss the post-production timeline, the number of edited photos you’ll receive, and the method of delivery (USB, online gallery, etc.).
11. Can you provide references from past clients in Brisbane? Talking to previous clients can give you valuable insights into the photographer’s professionalism and quality of work.
Asking these questions will help you make an informed decision and ensure that your Brisbane wedding photographer is the right fit for your big day.