12 QUESTIONS FOR YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Your choice of wedding photographers can be a bit overwhelming. If you choose to engage Mark Longstreet Wedding Photography or another studio, we have created a list of questions to assist you in finding the perfect photographer for your wedding.
This list is meant as reference material for some important questions to ask. During your meeting and conversation, pay attention to the chemistry between you and your photographer.
1. WHY THE STYLE OF PHOTOGRAPHY IS IMPORTANT:
What style of photography does this photographer provide? Is it compatible with the style of photography you enjoy?
Mark Longstreet wedding photographers have a photojournalistic approach with special importance given to fine-art and fashion influenced wedding photography. For more information about our wedding photography style, click here.
Read our section titled photojournalism in order to ensure you are actually getting a photographer that specializes in this area.
2. WHAT IS YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER’S EXPERIENCE?
Do they have five years of experience, but maybe have only shot 20 weddings? Check out our experience gauge to help you evaluate the photographer’s prior experience. This information is helpful in gaining more knowledge about what prior experience your photographer has in general. Have they mainly focused on family or life style photography? Years are generally not good indicators of experience since some general photographers may work as a hobby or sideline to their main occupation and only shoot four or five weddings a year.
Find out exactly how often they work as a wedding photographer. Look for someone who works specifically in the style of photography you prefer, and further specializes in wedding photography.
3. SCHEDULING: HOW MANY OTHER EVENTS WILL YOU PHOTOGRAPH THE WEEKEND OF MY WEDDING?
Make sure your wedding photographer hasn’t doubled or tripled booked the day of your wedding. You don’t want them leaving just as you cut the cake because they have another engagement.
Mark Longstreet Wedding Photography doesn’t double book weddings. Our master wedding photographer focuses solely on shooting only your wedding. The attention to detail and the clients’ service multiplies exponentially.
4. WHAT ABOUT A CONTRACT OF SERVICES PROVIDED? WILL I GET A COPY?
A contract is created for your protection, and for the wedding photographer’s protection. Some studios don’t create contracts for their wedding photography clients. You definitely want a contract from your photographer detailing the services they will be providing including: scheduling, pricing, termination resolution terms, overtime fees, etc.
A reputable photographer will create a contract with you. If they “don’t” usually create contracts for clients, walk away and choose someone else.
5. IF THE PHOTOGRAPHER IS SICK, THEN WHAT?
It is rare that your wedding photographer would be sick on your wedding day. We still like to cover all bases. It is of extreme importance that the studio sends a qualified master photographer to take care of the situation in case of illness.
Mark Longstreet Wedding Photography has three equally skilled master photographers that can take over in case someone is sick. Mark personally has never missed a scheduled wedding.
6. IS YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER INSURED?
Insurance protects the photographer against equipment theft, and provides liability protection. If a wedding photographer isn’t insured, he/she is probably new to this business or isn’t experienced enough to recognize the need for insurance.
Mark Longstreet Wedding Photography carries general business, equipment and liability insurance.
7. DOES THE PACKAGE I AM INTERESTED IN INCLUDE AN ASSISTANT?
Find out whether or not your wedding photographer has an assistant photographer present at all weddings. If your wedding has 45 or more guests, make sure you purchase a package that has an assistant photographer. There are many moments in which one single photographer cannot cover alone. To catch your first kiss and the emotion on Mom and Dad’s face would not be possible. An assistant is a definite plus.
8. DO YOU USE COLOR CORRECT ON MY IMAGES?
Some photographers will not color correct any, or will only “select” certain images from your wedding to correct. The process of color correction is a basic part of post-production detailing that should be completed on every photograph.
Mark Longstreet Wedding Photography color corrects every single image from your wedding in order to make sure each and every photograph is a professional quality product.
9. WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE? WHAT IF YOUR EQUIPMENT ISN’T WORKING?
Our studio uses top quality camera bodies (D700) along with the finest Gold S lenses from Nikon. It is important to have a highly-rated set of equipment. Make sure your photographer has at least the following items along with backups. Nothing would be worse than for the photographer to miss half of your weddings because his/her camera or lens broke, and he/she didn’t have a spare.
We have prepared a list of must have equipment that we believe a professional wedding photographer should have. This is a bare minimum list, so be wary of any wedding photographer that doesn’t have these items.
PRIMARY CAMERA BODY
Lowest Level Professional Body – Canon 7D or Nikon D600
Highest Level Professional Body – Nikon D810, 5D mark III or Nikon D4s
Secondary camera body
At least a Canon 7D or Nikon D600
Lenses (these are must have lenses)
Nikon 70-200mm F/2.8 Gold (or Canon L glass)
Nikon 24-70mm F/2.8 Gold (or Canon L glass)
On camera lighting
Nikon SB900 (or Canon equivalent)
Off-camera lighting (for large dance floor type scenes)
Nikon SB 900 (or Canon equivalent) w/ Pocket Wizard Trigger
Full studio flash w/Pocket Wizard Trigger (or equivalent)
10. WHAT HAPPENS SHOULD MY EVENT LAST LONGER THAN SCHEDULED?
It is our policy to notify you one half hour before the prearranged time expires, at that time I will let you know where we’re at on the shot list.
11. WHAT ATTIRE WILL THE PHOTOGRAPHER AND THEIR ASSISTANTS WEAR?
It’s important that your photographers are not distractions. Therefore, we make an effort to blend in as much as possible. Typical Mark Longstreet Wedding Photography attire consists of a black suit pant with a dressy polo for a casual wedding or dress shirt for a more formal venue. It is important to have your photography team dress appropriately for your wedding. Our photographers want to go unnoticed so that we can capture the event as photojournalists.
12. 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 two weeks to six months.
Mark Longstreet Wedding Photography has developed a consistent production schedule in order to deliver an amazing product in an exceptionally quick manner. This schedule can be seen below:
1 Week after an event: Blog, Facebook . teaser posted
2-5 Weeks after an event: Proofs are available online
3-5 Months after an event: Album and Prints are delivered (this depends on how much revision is
required from the original album)