Before saying “I do” to the photographer, here are five questions that will help ensure you understand what’s provided and when, and that both you and the photographer have the same set of expectations.
Is the photographer whose work you’ve been admiring on the website the same person shooting your event? Make sure it’s clear who will be doing what on the important day, and that the samples you’ve seen are from the person shooting your event.
At Preferred Photography, owner and photographer Steve is the one leading the event and capturing your precious memories, with the help of his assistant, Mick. If the event is large or has a tight schedule, a second photographer can be brought in to ensure no moment goes undocumented.
Do you know what you are paying for? Often a price tag that seems too good to be true is indeed a red flag, so be sure to ask for specifics. Will the photographer simply be shooting the event and handing over un-edited files? This is a disastrous option. Just as you would never hire a chef to buy the raw ingredients only to hand them over to you to cook yourself, you shouldn’t expect a professional photographer to hand over incomplete work.
Our philosophy is simple; we take care of the entire process. Our fee includes handling preparation, lighting and shooting, we also take care of selecting the best images, archiving the web gallery, preparing the digital files, and editing images. We provide the web gallery as a communication tool between us and our clients to create a swoon-worth, picture perfect story. In addition we provide our deep experience and know-how.
Are you looking for a collection of candids? Prefer the look of classic photography? Photographers have different styles of shooting, so it’s important to ask ahead of time to understand what your final images will look like. Being photography is a visual field, a professional should be able to provide a body of work for viewing.
We work with our clients so everyone understands what to expect of the finished product. Our work is a modern twist on classic event and portrait photography. We aim to visually tell the complete story of your day. Therefore, we focus on the highlights of the event, the timeless portraits, and capturing classic formal shots, too.
We are often asked, “How many photos do you take?” We think the better question is, “How many photos will I receive?”
What’s the difference? While a photographer may shoot thousands of pictures, not every image taken is frame worthy. Sometimes people just don’t look their very best at every angle. It’s more important to understand how many keepsake-quality photos you will receive.
A little perspective: for a wedding we take about 100 photos per hour, which clients will receive between 400 and 500 select, edited images for presentation.
The last thing you want is to be handed a memory device full of photos – you can’t hang a thumb drive on the wall. Ask your photographer what printed services are available.
We provide our clients with a wide range of options. From fine art prints, to photo albums and printed books, we can take your photos and turn them into treasured and tangible keepsakes.