Organising a wedding is a very exciting and intense time. Finding the right photographer is an important element of the organization, because the day itself may pass so quickly, but the photos remain with you.
Many wedding guides, blogs and websites (for example brides.com) provide helpful lists with questions to ask the photographer. To make it a bit easier, I have already answered many of these. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
How would you describe your wedding-photography style?
I describe my style as a blend of classic and modern, natural documentation. I aim to achieve a perfect mixture of documentary images, intimate couple photos, candid shoots and all the little details.
How would you describe your working style?
Most of the time I will stay in the background to take images of the moments how they naturally unfold. However, in a few situations, I will be more present and choreograph to a certain extend, for example during the solo and couple shots and family and group pictures.
Can I give you a list of specific shots we would like?
I highly appreciate if you provide a list of shots you would like. This will help me to understand what parts of the wedding are most important to you. Especially for the formal group shots, a list will be helpful so we can make sure to get all photos with family and friends you want.
If you see any images on the internet of a certain style you like or any other ideas, please send them to me.
Have you shot a wedding at my ceremony and reception venues? If not, do you plan to check it out in advance?
In case I am not familiar with the venue, I will visit it before the wedding, have a look around and take a few test images.
I am also be happy to meet up with you at the venue (if I am familiar with it or not), so we can already develop ideas together for your big day.
How will you be dressed?
I usually wear suit trousers, shirt and a vest. However, if you have a special dress code or a themed wedding and this would be out of place, I am flexible and happy to adapt.
What information do you need from me before the wedding day?
With the booking I will hand out a questionnaire, which I would ask you to fill in. This includes for example the schedule, addresses of locations and where you are getting ready, contact persons for the wedding day itself, questions about the style of the wedding and what kind of photos you like. This information will help me understanding more about you and your day to achieve the best possible service for you.
Is it okay if other people take photos while you're taking photos?
I completely understand that your family and friends want to have pictures of your big day as well and I am happy if they want to takes photos. However, I would kindly ask your guest not to get in the shots.
During the ceremony, most churches and registrars appreciate if only the photographer is taking pictures and so do I. After the ceremony and during the group shot, I appreciate if I can take some photos first and then I am happy to give your guest time to take a few photos as well.
How far in advance do I need to book you?
The wedding planning usually starts 1 or 2 years before the big day. I recommend to look for a photographer and inquire as soon as the venue is booked and the date is fix.
Do you edit the images?
Yes, editing is an important part of the process. This includes for example tidying up the image, retouching, colour adjustments and cropping.
This part starts on the next day after the wedding and I am planning do finish this with in 3-4 weeks after the wedding. You will receive all images fully edited as high resolution jpegs on a USB stick in a presentation box. In case you would like to have some more retouching or editing, I am happy to do this until you are fully satisfied.
Do you shoot in colour and black and white?
I shoot in colour, but in the editing process, I change some images to black and white or a certain style. On the USB stick, you may find the same images in different styles, so you can simply choose the one you like best.
I hope you find this information helpful. Part 2 is coming soon :-)