Wedding Photography F.A.Q.

Your wedding photography will be the one lasting physical memory of your big day. With that in mind, it’s important to make sure you contract with the most suitable photographer for both your style and your wedding photography budget.

The first thing to do is to compile a list of potential wedding photographers. Ask friends and family members for the names of photographers they’ve had good results with. Here are some important issues to consider when looking for your photographer:

Why should we hire a professional wedding photographer?
Although there is always a family member or two who enjoys photography as a hobby, nothing quite compares to the finished product from a professional wedding photographer. Top-quality equipment and a sound history of experience will guarantee that your wedding photos – the one truly tangible memory of your big day – will be everything you hope for.

What is the first question we should ask the photographer?
Once you have narrowed the choices for photographers and determined their availability for your wedding date, the first question you will want to ask before choosing a photographer is, “Will you be the photographer covering our wedding?”. Several professional photo studios either employ more than one photographer or outsource freelance photographers. You will want to guarantee that the photographer actually covering your wedding is the same photographer whose body of work you have reviewed beforehand.

What is the average cost of wedding photography?
Some consultants say that 10%-20% of your overall wedding budget should be allocated to photography. Prices can range anywhere from $800 to $10,000, depending upon the photo studio and the package details.

How far in advance should we book our wedding photographer?
If you plan on having your wedding at a busy or popular time of year, such as warmer months or during a holiday, it’s always a good idea to book your wedding photographer 12 to 18 months in advance. If you plan to marry during a quieter time of year, a general safety zone is at least 10 months in advance of your wedding.

How much time will the photographer spend at our wedding?
Most often, this is determined by you, your wedding photo budget, the photographic style you want, and the photo package you have chosen. Typically, photographers start approximately 2-3 hours before the actual wedding and shoot through a good part of the reception.

How many photos are taken at a typical wedding?
Again, this is determined by a number of factors, including your budget and the wedding package you have chosen. Many photographers will take anywhere between 100 and 1000 shots at an average wedding. The number is usually higher if you opt for a photojournalistic style.

Which is better – film or digital?
It’s really a matter of preference on both your part and the photographer’s part. Both methods will result in quality product. Today, it is a digital world and most will prefer digital imaging for convenience.

How long does it usually take to receive the images?
Although it varies from studio to studio, a general rule of thumb is 2-6 weeks after your wedding.

What if I want more copies years later?
When ordering your final wedding photos, be sure to inquire about copies of the high-resolution digital files from your photographer. These files will either be included in your package or be available for an additional fee.