7. How long will it be before we can see our wedding photos?
Online proofs usually take three or four weeks before they’re ready to view, but this varies between photographers, and may be longer during the peak wedding season. After this, you will be given a disc or memory stick of all the images for you to keep.
Dana Lane: Typically you will see the photos within 2-3 weeks. We hold them until you get back from your honeymoon. That way you are the first to see the entire wedding from beginning to end. The DVD Proofs will come with your Wedding Album. If you have not ordered an album then they will come within 2-3 weeks of the online album going live.
8. Do you have a second shooter or an assistant?
To give you the best coverage, some professionals will bring a second shooter with them. However, this may well be reflected in the price, so check in advance. Another idea would be to hire a team, or a husband and wife duo — that way you’ll have photos from all aspects of the day, including the boys getting ready, which you wouldn’t have ordinarily seen.
Dana Lane: I have an assistant/ second photographer with me on most if not all weddings. The smaller weddings or weddings that are only 4 hours or less I may come with just an assistant. The assistant is a trained photographer as well. She becomes my assistant during the Getting Ready (if the boys do not want photos of them getting ready) and Portrait Session and then back to a photographer for the Ceremony and Reception.
9. Have you worked at my venue before?
If they haven’t, it’s perfectly acceptable to go with them to the venue to scout the location, and discuss possible shots before the wedding day. If they are regulars at your chosen location, ask to see a wedding they’ve done there so you can visualize how it will look for you.
Dana Lane: If I have not worked with a venue before I always scout the location. I go in and meet the manger and have them tell me what the house rules are. They show me different areas of the venue we will be allowed to photograph in as well.
10. Will you need a hot meal?
If your photographer is going to be with you all day, you should add a hot meal for them on to your catering numbers. If they’re fed and watered, they’ll be able to give you the best results all day long. Also, ask your venue if there’s a secure room where your photographer can store their equipment.
Dana Lane: Yes. In fact I will need a vegetarian meal and my assistant/ second photographer will need one as well. We are not picky. We can even be fed left overs from cocktail. One thing to keep in mind is where and when we are fed. If we are put in another room and are not fed until you are finished then we may be missing some key moments. If you have us in the same room as you we can at least be vigilant at what is going on at the time.
11. Do you have insurance?
Business Insurance is a must have. If you photographer does not have insurance then you may need to ask yourself if you really hired a professional. Insurance is to cover them, the venue and you if something was to happen. A lot of venues will ask to see proof of insurance before a photographer will be allowed to photograph on the premises. If someone trips over their bag, gets hit with their camera, or any other issue- Insurance is a must have for any professional Vendor.
Dana Lane: Of Course we do. We are fully insured for up to 2 million dollars. When a venue asks for our insurance our agent sends it out to them with their name on it to show they are covered. We also have Professional Photographers of America’s malpractice coverage: Indemnification Trust. In case something goes wrong that is generally considered the photographers responsibility, such as equipment malfunction or an error they will help both parties. Of course (knock on wood) I have never had to use this. But we live in a digital age now and count on computers.
12. What happens if the event is canceled due to weather?
Some vendors will charge you to reschedule to another day. Others will recharge for the entire service over again. When looking to reschedule keep in mind they may have certain days booked already. This is a good reason to look into Wedding Insurance.
Dana Lane: In case of bad weather we have a 6 month window to reschedule your date with us without having to pay any extra fees. Depending on location there may be added Travel Fees involved. We did have one such case for a bride who was getting married in the snow storm of October 29th, 2011. We were able to photograph her ceremony by candle light in a very large church. The venue closed due to no generators. We then came back in March for their reception. No extra fees were charged. You may also want to looking into getting Wedding Insurance to cover yourself as well.
Parts of this article originally appeared in Wedding Ideas magazine
as well as questions Dana Lane has come up with herself.
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