1. The Basics – what you should know
Deevo from Fusion getting up close and personal with the bride
Wedding Photography is not an easy subject and interviewing potential wedding photographers can be a daunting task. Regardless who you hire, Fusion Photography or another studio, do your homework, meet with several photographers, find the fit that works for you on all levels. We highly recommend that whomever you ultimately decide to work with – be sure that you have some sort of rapport and chemistry with them. Of all the vendors you work with during your wedding, you will undoubtedly spend the most time with your photographer, it’s important you kind of like them.
2. What is your primary photography style?
This should be your first and foremost question as this is the style of photography that interests you. Fusion Photography primarily incorporates a photojournalistic approach with hints of fashion and fine-art influences mixed in. Determine if the photographer’s style matches your own. Browse several websites find a few that match your style and arrange personal consultations with these few.
3. How many weddings have you been the primary photographer?
It is important to determine how much actual real wedding photography experience they have. Not just as an assistant either – a primary photographer. Don’t settle for the “I’ve been photographing for x number of years” mumbo jumbo either. Using that logic, I have been taking photographs since I was 12 years old, but only shooting real weddings for over five years now as a full time photo business.
4. Will you be photographing more than one wedding on my wedding day?
Larger studios with multiple photographers will often photograph more than one wedding in a weekend. But no single photographer should ever photograph more than ONE wedding in a single day, otherwise, attention to detail and client service will be compromised.
5. Will there be a contract of the services to be provided. If so, can I get a copy?
There are a lot of studios that don’t create contracts for their wedding photography clients. You should require a contract from your photographer that details what services they will be providing, pricing, termination resolution terms, etc. A contract is created for your protection, and for the wedding photographer’s protection. It is best to hire a photographer that will create a contract with you, and be wary of photographers that “don’t typically create contracts for clients.”
6. Do you have insurance?
Professional wedding photographers should have the proper insurance for their business. Insurance protects the photographer against equipment theft, but more importantly it provides liability protection in case Great Uncle Jerry trips over the photographer’s bag and breaks his leg. If a wedding photographer does not have insurance, chances are they are new to the industry, or simply aren’t taking their business seriously. Fusion Photography carries both general business, equipment and liability insurance.
7. Does the package I am interested in include more than one photographer?
If your wedding has 50 or more guests, you should make sure you step up to a package that has an assistant or second photographer. There are going to be multiple moments throughout the day in which one single photographer cannot cover completely alone. There is no way to capture the first kiss, and at the same time, turn around and get the tear in mother’s eye.
8. Am I allowed a say in what style of post-production is applied to my photographs?
An important consideration to weigh is the style of post-production your photographer employs. Be wary of photographers that say they post-produce and simply hand you the original image files. Many studios DO NOT post produce your images. Unique to Fusion Photography is a post-production interview process so we can determine your style and vision. While we have our own unique style of photography and post-production, we also make every attempt to satisfy your vision.
9. What kind of equipment do you use? Do you have backups?
While having the best equipment is not necessarily important, it certainly should play a factor in your decision. More importantly, you want to make sure the photographer has backup equipment. Our studio uses top quality camera bodies (5D Mark II and Mark III) along with the finest quality prime lenses from Canon. While wedding photographers don’t necessarily need the best of the best, it is important to have a good set of equipment as well as comparable backups. Nothing would be worse than for the photographer to miss half of your weddings because his camera or lens broke, and he didn’t have a spare.
10. What attire will the photographer and their assistants wear?
Even though the wedding photographers are a big part of the wedding day, it’s important that they are not distractions. As such, it’s important for the photographer to blend in as much as possible. Furthermore, for religious or cultural ceremonies, there may be certain colors that are considered taboo. Make sure your photographers will be dressed appropriately for the occasion. Typically, Fusion Photography attire is black suit pants with a black polo or dress shirt. We dress completely in black because we want to go unnoticed by the clients and guests, so that we can capture the event as photojournalists.
11. How long after the event will the proofs, album, etc. be ready?
Each wedding photography studio varies in the time it takes to produce and deliver your pictures. Studios that do not do any post production or color correction may try to entice you by saying your photos will be ready the next day, or even within a week. However, most studios that develop and produce their images will take anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months. Fusion Photography has developed a consistent wedding photography production schedule in order to deliver an amazing product in an exceptionally quick manner. This schedule can be seen below:
- One day after the wedding – We post one teaser image on Facebook expressing our gratitude for being part of your wedding.
- 4-6 weeks after the wedding – Fully edited images are ready and viewing is scheduled at the studio and images are loaded to your online gallery for your guests to see as well.
- 10 weeks after wedding – the wedding album first draft is ready for viewing.
12. Are you our actual photographer? Will you have an assistant? Will this cost extra?
We have heard stories (too many times) of clients booking a photographer, only to have someone completely different show up on their wedding day. This can turn out to be a disaster for a variety of reasons. Primarily the trust issue, how can a client expect to trust their photographer and thus be relaxed in front of the lens if they cannot even trust the individual they booked to show?
13. May we see a portfolio or samples of a wedding similar in size and style to ours?
Everyone’s website is supposed to contain the very best of the best. In theory, anyway. When you are meeting with the photographer, ask to see some REAL weddings, not just a showcase of their “best” work. Judge for yourself, does their complete portfolio match their website?