Common Wedding Photography Questions Answered Part Two
Ottawa Wedding Photographer
Here’s part two to common wedding photography questions answered. If you missed it, you can still read Part One.
How many weddings do you shoot in one day?
I want to be fully available to you on your wedding day. If you need to change your wedding schedule last minute, no worries on my end. I never shoot more than one wedding on the same day. This is why I collect a non-refundable retainer in order to hold your wedding date.
How much experience do you have? Have you shot weddings before?
I’ve been shooting weddings since I graduated in photography in 1997 (with the exception of a 2 year hiatus when I taught ESL overseas.)
Are you the actual photographer who will be shooting our wedding?
Yes, I’m always the photographer at each wedding I book. This is why I never book more than one wedding on the same date. Even though I hire a second shooter to work with me, I’m still the main photographer.
How long does it take to get my wedding photos?
My contract states that it can take 8-10 weeks, but I usually have them finished in about six weeks (depending on how busy I am at that time).
Do we get our digital files? If so, are they watermarked?
All of my wedding photography packages include your high resolution digital files on USB in jpeg format. They are digitally enhanced and are not watermarked, so that you may make prints and share them online with friends and family.
Have you shot at my location before?
I’ve shot at many different locations in the Ottawa and Gatineau area. Don’t worry or stress if I’ve never shot at your venue before. I always go a few weeks before the wedding date to scout out the location. I also visit it around the same time that I would actually be shooting on your day so that I will know the lighting as well as, which are the best spots to take photos (especially for family portraits). By going a few weeks before the date, it also give me a better idea of what flowers and greenery will be available for pretty backdrops.
How much direction do you give for portraits?
I give a lot of direction for formal shots. I also like to give my couples candid shots in wedding USB. Thus, I work with a second shooter. She’s essential to get lots of candid moments as well as getting different angles than I do. This helps to makes for fantastic wedding photos.
What kind of input can we have on the direction of shots? Can we give you a list to work from?
I’l have my own ideas of what to shoot, but I love when brides & grooms share their own ideas (even on the fly while shooting) as it gives it a more personal feel. I always ask my couples to provide a list of family group shots that they want as I won’t know who you want in your photos. You can also let me know if there’s any particular spots at any of your locations to take photos at and I’ll do my utmost to use those locations—depending on weather and lighting.
With that said, please don’t give me printed pages of various wedding photos found on Pinterest and expect me to shoot like all of those. Why? A) They’re shots from many different weddings, B) they’re at different times of day and locations and C) you hired me because you like my work. I hope you didn’t hire me because you just wanted me to copy the style of other photographers.
What do you wear when you’re shooting a wedding?
I don’t work well in a dress or skirt when I’m shooting a wedding. Here’s why. I’m moving up, down and all around in order to get those great shots you want. Thus, I dress in business attire, which includes either dress pants or capri pants and a comfortable, yet appropriate shirt.
If you’re currently searching for a wedding photographer and you like what you’ve read, I would love to hear from you. Contact me for my pricing guide. We can also arrange to meet in person to see if we’re a good match. If you live far away, we can also talk on the phone. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Have a great day! 🙂
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