7 QUESTIONS YOU MUST ASK A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BEFORE BOOKING

7 QUESTIONS YOU MUST ASK A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER BEFORE BOOKING

Vermont is a great place to get married and hiring the right team is critical to planning your dream wedding. It can also be quite stressful. How do you find the right match for you?  How do you know whom to trust?  Where do you go for advice?

First of all, this is not an easy task and it’s totally normal for couples to feel overwhelmed, frustrated or confused. It’s not like you plan a wedding every day!  This is all probably brand new to you, so be patient with yourself.

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A few questions to help with finding the right Vermont Wedding Photographer for you:

What is the price range for a quality photographer?

You’ll get much more out of a meeting or conversation with a wedding vendor if you do a little background homework first. Spend some time on the internet or talking to friends who’ve recently been married.  Find out the average prices in your area and what services are available.

What styles do I like? What styles are offered?

Get an idea of what you like and don’t like.  Wedding websites and chat rooms can be a great resource.  This way when you meet with a wedding professional you’ll be able to ask better questions and have an idea of what to look out for.

Can I meet with the photographer?

An in-person meeting is the best way to interview a potential wedding vendor.  It lets you get the full experience of their personality, style and professionalism.  If that’s not possible, have a phone conversation. Many quality wedding photographers offer free consultations.

What other work has this wedding photographer done?

Check References. Portfolios are hand-picked to show off the best work, but they may not represent the “average” wedding performance.  Videos are edited for the optimum presentation.  But real referrals from satisfied clients are hard to fake. Call up both client and professional references.  Ask questions and use those listening skills. Even if they give a rave review, you’ll often be able to “read between the lines” if there were any issues or problems. Ask around and search the internet for reviews.  Check the Better Business Bureau for any outstanding complaints against the business.  Weigh all of this information into your choices.

What back up equipment does the wedding photographer bring?

A quality photographer should always plan ahead. Be sure s/he brings at least one back up camera, and batteries.

Is there anything I shouldn’t ask?

There are no stupid questions!  Make sure you get clear, specific answers to your questions. If you aren’t sure what something means, ask them to clarify. Keep asking questions until you completely understand. If a wedding vendor has a problem with you asking questions, they probably aren’t the one for you.  The best are patient, understanding, and willing to take the time to help you make the best choices for your Vermont wedding.

How can I tell if I click with my wedding photographer?
Listen.  Don’t just hear the words they say, really listen.  Watch the vendor’s body language.  Are they confident and comfortable with their response? Do they look and sound nervous? Do you get a “funny feeling” about them?  Take all the sights, sounds and feelings into account along with their responses; if your gut tells you something isn’t right, it probably isn’t.
Did you find this information helpful? Let us know. Thanks for looking at Parent Studios. We hope to capture your memories soon. Click here to start asking Parent Studios your great wedding questions.

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