Choosing a photographer for your wedding in New Zealand can be a bit overwhelming. Our advice? Decide on how you want your photography style to be and then look for professionals within your budget. Once you’ve been able to narrow your list down to 2 or 3 potential options, the following questions can help decide which is the best for you.
- What Style(S) Do You Specialize In?
Most photographers use a blend of several styles of photography, but you’ll want to make sure that if you’d like portraits, for example, they can shoot portraits beautifully.
- Will the Photos Be Retouched Before I See the Proofs?
Some photographers will only show you edited work while others will show you all the proofs and only edit those that you order.
- What Exactly Is in Your Packages?
Things like prints, albums, and proofs can alter your fees considerably. Find out whether these and your engagement shoots are covered by the general fee that they’re mentioning.
- What Is the Deposit and Total Fee?
In addition to this, also ask for when it will be due.
- Will You Be My Actual Photographer?
Don’t assume, find out if the person you are talking to will be the one at your wedding. It does not mean that their partner will be subpar, but you should at least meet with them to be able to make an informed decision.
- Do You Have Backup Photographers?
If it’s a company, then you’ll most likely already be covered. But in the case of a solo photographer, you want to know that they have colleagues that can cover for them if, for example, they fall sick.
- Will You Come with A Second Photographer to Assist?
With two photographers, more ground will be covered, and you’ll get more perspective on events. They might, however, cost more, so ask.
- How Long Before We See the Photos?
The long wait to see your pictures can be quite agonizing. But if you know in advance, you’ll be able to manage your expectations.
- Have You Captured A Wedding at The Venue I have Chosen Before?
This is an added advantage if the answer is yes. This will mean that they know important things like where the lighting is good. They’ll also know all the good picture spots.
- Will You Follow A Shot List?
Most photographers will welcome a short shot list. Try not to overwhelm them with hundreds of requests and trust in their work.
- Do You Have Restrictions About Sharing Photos Online or For Publication?
Are you allowed to share your pictures on Facebook and Instagram? What rules guide that?
- Do You Bring Your Lighting?
This will help you know whether you’ll need to hire extra lighting or ask your venue to supply it.
Discussing this will allow your photographer to make plans to match the style of your wedding.
Would this be a great time to tell you that we handle wedding photography and videography here at Larosa Wedding Photography? Well, we do, and we would love to capture your wedding activities. All you have to do is reach out to us, and we can get started planning for your wedding. Contact us today!