Southwest Florida Photographers, Englewood, Fl
 

Questions to Ask Your Photographer

 

Hiring a photographer for an important event can be a daunting task.  Whether you hire Xquisite Photography or another studio, we have come up with a list of questions that will help you choose your next photographer. Here are some specific Questions to Ask Your Photographer.


1.  WHAT IS YOUR PRIMARY STYLE?

This should be one of your first questions to ask as there are different types of styles.  You should choose a photographer that shoots your preferred style. You can choose someone who might do a great job with shooting and editing and they might have an amazing collection, but if you don’t like their style,  than that could make a big difference whether or not you will be happy with their work.  For example,  if you hire an amazing photographer who has a tradional style of shooting(portrait and posed shots) but than later come to find out, you didnt get any candids of your family or any detail shots of the cake, ring, etc. You might be telling yourself you should have hired someone that is more comfortable with photojounalism.  At Xquisite, we practice photojounalistic, artistic, and traditional photography.  Here is a quick overview on the styles of photography;

  • Photojournalistic – Candids, detail shots that tell a story on whats happening
  • Artistic – Photos of the subject out of their natural element ie:  A bride and groom riding a horse on the beach. More extreme angles and composition.
  • Traditional – Portrait photos, straight on angles, usually posed. Subject fills the frame. Think corporate and school portraits.

2.  HOW MANY WEDDINGS HAVE YOU SHOT?

Asking them how many weddings they have shot over the course of how many years they have been a photographer can be a good gauge on how experienced they are, but as we said before,  this is not the only gauge to consider.  Be sure to consider, quality of work.


3.  HOW MANY EVENTS IS YOUR STUDIO SHOOTING THAT DAY?

Alot of bigger studios will book 2-3 weddings on the same day simply because they have people to cover them.  Be sure you know what their post production timeline is.  A studio might have 2-3 photographer shooting multiple events on the same day, but usually they only have 1-2 people doing editing work for their entire company.  Consider the amount of work they have to do in contrast of how much time they can devote to your project after your event.


4.  IS THERE A CONTRACT? CAN I HAVE ONE?

You should hire a studio that will draw up a contract for you for the event.  This protects you and the photographer to make sure everyones expectations are on the same level.  The contract should have the event info such as date, amount of time, who the event is for, what package is being chosen etc.  The terms should be specific to your event, and make sure you read it carefully.  At Xquisite, we offer contracts for all of our clients stating all the specifics of the event, how much it cost, deposit amount etc..  Be aware of studios that “dont typically draw contracts for customers”


5.  DOES THE PACKAGE COME WITH A 2ND PHOTOGRAPHER?

For events with more than 50 people,  be sure to upgrade your package and get that second photographer.  There is no way to get the bride and grooms first kiss and the mothers reaction at the same time without one.


6.  DO YOU EDIT AND COLOR CORRECT THE IMAGES?

Another thing to consider when choosing a studio is if they post-produce the images.  Be wary of studios who say the edit but only give you the images out of the camera.  In digital photography, post-production is neccessary to produce stunning, sharp, and properly exposed images. At Xquisite, we go through each and every image correcting color, exposure, sharpness and over all look.  Whether its 5 or 500 images, we will sit and edit every single one.


7.  WHAT EQUIPMENT ARE YOU USING?

Although a good photographer doesnt need the best of the best of everything,  it is essential for the photographer to have the basic tools in order to get the job done.  In other words, If they are using a point and shoot to cover your event,  you might as well look at meeting with another photographer.  Be wary of photographers that dont have the basics.  Despite the debate on what brand and what camera line a “professional” should use,  here is what you can expect for a professional to have in there arsenal.

For Primary and Secondary Camera Bodies

  • Canon 40D,50D,60D,7D,5D,1D Mark 2 or Nikon Equivelent

​For Lenses

  • 70-300 f2.8 Zoom lens from (Canon, Nikon, Tamron)
  • 24-70mm f2.8 Standard lens from( Canon, Nikon, Tamron)

​For On Camera Lighting

  • Canon 580EX Speedlight or Nikon Equivalant 
  • Nissin Di866 Speedlight

​For Off-Camera Lighting

  • Speedlite from Canon, Nikon, or Nissin
  • Wireless TTL triggers such as Pocket Wizards or Pixel King Triggers

​All in all, your photographer must have a serious camera body to keep up with moving subjects, the correct lenses with the appropriate focal lengths and aperture maximum to produce sharp images at a certain distance, and most importantly, they need a flash system that will give them flexibility with light.  Its fine if you are just shooting outside, but more than likely, one of the place of your event will be indoors ie, church, reception hall etc.  A flash is essential for bouncing light and provide properly exposed images in dark conditions.  Off camera lighting with wireless triggers means that the photographer can use it as fill light where ever it’s needed to provide natural and beautfiul lighting even outside.  Having a flash pointed directly to the subject results in flat images that can be compared to a prison photo.  The flash needs to be bounced by pointing it up at the ceiling, or setup off camera with wireless triggers.


8.  IF OUR EVENT LAST LONGER THAN AGREED, WILL YOU STAY?

Be sure to have a good understanding about your photographers overage charge is.  You dont want to be surprise with a huge bill that you have to pay before you receive your prints back.  Overage charges should be specified on the contract or listed in the package price list.


9.  WHAT WILL THE PHOTOGRAPHER WEAR AT THE EVENT?

The photographer should choose to wear something that is not distracting and stay away from taboo colors of the event. For example , if the groomsmen’s color is purple,  the photographer should stay away from that color.  At Xquisite, we dress in all black. Black dress shirt or polo and black dress pants and shoes.  The key is to not be distracting and not have people notice the photographer.