Hey, I’m Liz!
The most important part of what I do is telling your love story on your special day. I don’t just show up to your ceremony. I want to know the you beyond the camera so the photos I deliver are keepsakes that’ll be with you for decades. Your love story is the best inspiration for photos that last for decades.
Tips and Tricks
I have another super helpful blog post for you today! I’m going to give you guys a list of some of the top questions you should ask a photographer that you’re thinking of hiring so that you can make sure you find one who is the best fit for you.
All photographers are different and there truly is a photographer for everyone. No two photographers are going to be the exact same and that’s amazing because we all offer something different! As a client you are going to want to make sure that you find the photographer that you mesh well with, enjoy their style, and understand what you’ll be getting with them. So I have come up with a list of the questions to ask a photographer before you work together!
This is a HUGE one. Every photographer has a different style of shooting and editing and this is going to really be a key factor in what your photos look like. Some photographer’s photos are more whimsical, some are more editorial, some are classic, and some are joyful. Editing style will also play into this. In the photography world there are “light and airy” photographers, “moody” photographers, “true to life” photographers, and everything in between. I highly recommend asking to view a full gallery of images. You’ll be able to see how a photographer not only captures beautiful sunset shots but also reception photos where flash is needed!
So for example, if you love boho photos on Pinterest that are super warm in color, you’ll want to ask your photographer if that is their style. If you love classic photos on Pinterest that are true to life colors, you should ask your photographer if that is their style! There is no right or wrong answer here. All photographers will have a different answer and portfolio so you want to make sure you find the one that has a style similar to what you’d like your photos to be.
This question is another great one because you will want to know what you’re paying for! Most photographers have a few different photo packages and some create individual packages based on the couple. Either way, you’ll want to find out which package is best for your needs and then exactly what is included in that package. Ask about how many hours are included, if an engagement session is included, how you’ll receive your photos, and if there are options to add on items like more coverage hours or a second shooter. For example, with my weddings they all start with an engagement session, a second shooter, 8 hours of wedding day coverage, digital delivery of your images, wedding venue consultation, and an in-home viewing experience of your wedding gallery!
You should find out how much it is to add on additional hours to your package. Sometimes things happen on weddings days where they run behind. Or maybe you’re just having so much fun and want more photos to be taken! In that case, you’ll want to know if your photographer is willing to stay later. If so, how much will that additional coverage time cost? Most photographers will invoice you after the wedding with any additional time so you’ll want to know what to plan for! For my couples, I offer additional hours at a discounted price if they are purchased before the wedding day.
Printing photos is a huge part of my business because I truly believe it is creating family heirlooms, so I think this is an important question to ask! Some photographers offer professional printing through their preferred print lab and you’ll want to know if your photographer offers this. Items can range from traditional prints, to wall art, to leather bound wedding albums. I offer prints, albums, and wall art for all of my couples and have packages that include a wedding album as well!
Once you find the photographer for you, you should ask how you officially book them. Most photographers will require a non-refundable retainer and you’ll want to know how much that is. Once a non-refundable retainer is paid your wedding date is locked in on most wedding photographers schedules! You’ll want to find out if a contract must be signed and if anything else needs to be completed to have your date booked. To officially book your wedding with me I require a signed contract and non-refundable retainer. I keep all of my invoices and contracts in an online portal for my clients that is easy to use and come back to!
Before you officially book your photographer, ask them when your final balance is due. This timeline will vary for most photographers so you’ll want to make sure you know their due date! Oftentimes it’s anywhere from 2-8 weeks before your wedding day. For me, it’s always 30 days prior to your wedding date.
So there you go! There are 6 of my top questions to ask when hiring a photographer. If you guys have any other questions about me, my style of photography, or my packages please reach out! I’d love to talk with you because I totally understand it can be overwhelming to pick the right vendors. That’s what I’m here for.