5 Critical Questions to Ask Prospective Wedding Photographers
Clients constantly ask us how to choose a wedding photographer. With so many photographers in Toronto, it’s tough to pick the right one! Take the time to judge photographers not only on their style of photography, but on their overall professionalism. You’ll be meeting several photographers before selecting the one. Here are five questions to help identify the right professional wedding photographer for you.
1) How long have you been in the wedding photography business?
This is an important one, even if you are open to newer photogs. Be sure to define what you mean by ‘in the business.’ For example, some wedding photographers include training and education years as part of their years of experience, but you may mean the number of years they’ve photographed wedding specifically.
2) What is your backup plan if your camera fails, or if you are unable to photograph my wedding in the case of an emergency?
As a wedding planner, I know that contingency plans are critical. Michelle and I have witnessed all sorts of unplanned items pop up before and during the wedding day. It is important to have a contingency plan with all vendors – especially your photographer. Many vendors will provide a full refund if they are unable to perform their duties on the wedding day. That’s great, but it won’t help much when you don’t have pro photography on the most important day of your life. Your photographer should have a wide network to ensure they can guarantee quality photography if an emergency comes up – and make sure it’s in the contract!
3) Do you use lighting or off camera flash at weddings?
A professional photographer will have the appropriate equipment for your venue and outdoor photography settings. If you have a vision for specific shots, like light painting, you need a wedding photographer who uses more than basic lighting. Sometimes these extra lighting options come at an additional cost – so double check what the specific equipment inclusions are with your selected package to make sure you’re still on budget.
4) What is the turnaround time on my photos and online gallery?
A professional photographer will guarantee a delivery date in writing, and will honour that date. This timeline can vary depending on the time of year, the calibre of photographer, and style of photography. If turnaround time is a deal breaker, ensure that delivery dates are explicitly stated in the contract.
5) Will you hold my wedding date until we have made a decision?
Quality wedding photographers, have full schedules, which is why we recommend booking this service early in the planning process. While you are meeting with and evaluating your favourites, your photographer will be meeting with other couples who are getting married around the same time as you. Ask for a ‘first right of refusal,’ in case any other inquiries for your wedding date come in.
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p>Today I wanted to discuss something that is near and dear to our hearts.
We received a very touching thank you note and gift from one of our clients this past weekend. We love receiving wedding thank you notes from our clients, because it tells us that even after all of the festivities are over, we did a great enough job that our clients wanted to send us a token of their special day. This lovely card was sent to us by our clients, Ashley and Ben. We assisted with the décor and coordination and their wedding in November of 2014. We had such a fun time, and we were so moved by the atmosphere of love that surrounded this union. Thank you so much for taking the time to send us this beautiful token (and the lovely intoxicating gift, wink wink :D).
“To the Whim team,
Thank you doesn’t even begin to describe how thankful we are to you guys for all your hard work, creativity, time and commitment to making our wedding special for us.
We appreciate the care that you put into planning the event, and we enjoyed collaborating with your team.
You went above and beyond for us, and we hope that you enjoy our small token of appreciation.
Wishing you all the best,
<3 The Constables”
Sending a thank you note to your vendors is a great way to let them know that they did a fabulous job. As wedding professionals, we are extra cognizant of the fact that this is one of the most important days of your life, and we are always so touched and overjoyed when our clients are happy with our work. We recognize that you could have selected anyone – but you chose to include us on your momentous occasion. We don’t talk about this much, but we get very invested in each of our couples, and we genuinely miss each and every one of you after the wedding. These thank you notes make us very happy because we know that our couples miss us, too!
Until next time… Gratefully yours,
The Ladies of Whim
Whim Event Coordination and Design are a team of Toronto wedding planners who help fun, quirky and whimsical couples with planning their dream wedding.