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How to hire a wedding photographer

June 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

20160911-Leslie-Bridal-8271-220160911-Leslie-Bridal-8271-2've got the engagement ring and have picked the date and perfect venue, but you're still not sure on what to look for when hiring a Wedding Photographer?  Here are some questions you should ask yourself and your photographer before hiring.

Questions to ask yourself:

  • What style am I looking for? 

Are you looking for candid shots capturing people in the moment like a photojournalist?  Or do you prefer Classic, Portraiture, Glamour, Fashion?  You have to ask yourself what you like?

  • How will I use the photos afterward?

Do you want to display large wall art? A collection of framed prints? Do you want an heirloom wedding album? Most people know that they want pictures, they just really haven't thought about what they want to do with all those pictures when the wedding day is over.

  • What is your budget?

Are you eloping? Having a small, intimate affair on the beach? Looking for a large, formal wedding? Something in between?  Do you want a few framed prints, a simple photobook, or an heirloom photo album?

Photography services generally begin with an hourly rate, depending on how many photographers are needed and then products are added on with discounts for bundling and pre-paying before the wedding,  The average rate for a wedding photographer is $150/hour for 1 photographer and $50/hour for each additional photographer, aka "Second Shooter". Seems like a lot, but remember that for every hour the photographer spends with you on your wedding day, they have an additional 2-3 hours of preparing and cataloging your images into the gallery, editing in photoshop and designing your wedding album.  So, if you are looking for 8 hours of service, the photographer will have another 16-24 hours of work to do before you get your finished product.  

Make sure that you know what you are looking for and have a realistic budget in mind for the type, of wedding photography services and products that you want.  This will save you a lot of time and back and forth with the photographer.

In addition, here are some questions to ask the prospective photographers:

  • What is your preferred style of shooting?  
  • Can I see samples of your work?
  • Can I see examples of your products?
  • Do you have references?
  • Do you have a standard shot list and can I customize the shot list?
  • Do you provide an in-person wedding consultation?
  • Do you do a live reveal of my photos so that I can relive the experience and get instant answers to my questions?
  • Is a contract required?
  • What is your standard rate for weddings?
  • What "little extras" will you provide as part of your service?
  • Can I customize my wedding package to suit my own needs and budget?
  • How much is required as a down-payment and can I make payments for services and products?
  • Do you have general liability insurance and backup camera/gear.

Once the questions are out of the way, then you have to determine if you like him/her and their personality.  Remember, the photographer you choose will be with you every step of the way on your special day, so just make sure you can have some fun together.

Take a look at our wedding gallery @ Then, give us a call to ask us about how we can make your wedding day last forever!


Kate & Jake

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Located in West Tamarac, my studio can accommodate small families for group and individual portraits.  If you prefer the park or beach, I have several locations I can recommend based on what kind of scenery you like.

Be sure to check the weather before booking an outdoor photo session.  Depending on the forecast we may have to reschedule your shoot due to weather.

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