When it comes to the most important day of your life, you’re going to want to make sure that every little detail is planned to perfection and well documented by a professional, so that you can reminisce about the day for years to come. Experts recommend booking your photographer 9-12 months before your big day, as there’s likely to be plenty you’ll want to chat with them about to ensure a positive experience. Let’s take a look at some of the things you may want to discuss with your wedding photographer when meeting for the first time.
One another’s expectations
Ultimately, there are things that you and your photographer both need from one another, in order for the working relationship to go smoothly. So, it’s best to go into your wedding day knowing exactly what your photographer’s expectations are, and what it is that they expect from you in return.
You may want your photographer to be available between certain time periods, or perhaps you have a list of must-get shots. Your photographer will need to know this ahead of time, so they can make any plans they may need to – as well as let you know if there’s any expectations they won’t be able to meet. They’ll likely have some things they need from you, such as a certain amount of time to take a break, or a designated area for setting up and packing up their equipment.
Their process and style
You’re hiring a professional photographer to get stunning pictures of one of the most special days of your life, so it’s important to make sure that their vision for your big day aligns with your own.
There are many photography styles to consider for your wedding day, and often, your photographer will have a favourite style that they prefer to work with. You want your photographer to feel comfortable to be able to do what they do best, so it’s best to discuss the way that they work and any specific techniques they will be using in your initial meeting with them
What happens if something goes wrong
Unfortunately, sometimes things don’t work out the way we planned, and that’s just the way life goes. In the unlikely event that your photographer has to cancel your booking, or if you decide to go in a different direction, you’re going to need to know how the issue can be resolved and what to expect next.
When meeting your photographer, you’ll want to know if they have somebody else that they can send out should they have to cancel in an emergency – or, if it’ll be your job to find a replacement. You’ll also want to make yourself aware of any fees that you may incur should you need to cancel the booking, so that you’re not blindsided and put in a stressful situation if things don’t pan out the way you expected.
Reach out if you need to
It can be daunting to go into a meeting feeling as though you need to get every topic discussed and decided there and then. Don’t forget that prior to signing a contract, and as long as you leave plenty of time to prep, you can take the opportunity to reach out to your photographer for a second time in order to ask any questions that you may have. The key to a great photographer-client relationship is communication, and the more of it you have, the more likely you are to get those all-important, perfect shots of your big day.
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