Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Find A Wedding Photographer?
General – What to Look for in a Wedding Photographer
When you’re looking for the right photographer for your wedding, how do you avoid the ones that will just take a ton of photos with a fancy camera to cover their bases? How do you know that the person you choose will bring the creativity and enthusiasm you envisioned for your big day? By observing a professional’s soft skills during your initial meeting, you can determine this without even asking a question! In this section, you’ll learn what to look for in order to make the best decision.
Expertise – Being Technical and Creative
A professional wedding photographer must not only be completely versed in the technical side of the trade, but he must also be artistic and creative. Those are two completely opposite personality traits. How many people do you know that are very technologically savvy and artistically creative at the same time?
When a photographer has the right equipment and technical skills, you can be sure that your photos will be properly exposed and beautifully lit, regardless of the lighting situation or time constraints. On the other side, creative photographers bring a unique perspective and artistic vision that ensures you don’t just get photos, but artistic imagery. Consider to have a look at Montreal wedding photography work by Vatche Vick prizma productions.
Personality – Interpersonal Skills and Charisma
Finding a technically savvy, creative photographer is important, but you also need to ask yourself is this someone who you can spend one of the most important days of your life with? Do they have an outgoing and charismatic personality that enables them to get along well with both clients and guests?
Not including engagement shoots, bridal shoots, etc, you are going to be spending a lot of time with your photographer. When you’re interviewing perspective photographers, look for personality traits that fit with your own so that every aspect of your wedding is thoroughly enjoyable.
Quality – Quality over Quantity
It’s easy to get caught up in the amount of products each photographer is promising, especially when you’re trying to decide between an endless list of qualified candidates.
We understand that everyone has a different budget to work with so you can always purchase additional albums or prints up to 5 years after your wedding. Focus on the quality of the photos and of work the photographer is offering, since these are aspects you can’t change after the wedding day.
This is why we always suggest reducing products in your package rather than choosing a photographer with cheaper rates if you are looking for ways to save. Choose the right photographer for you first (or the right 2 photographers if you can!) then worry about getting the right number of products.
Assistants – Having More than One Photographer
We often are asked the question, “why do I need more than one wedding photographer?”
Well, a wedding isn’t actually that different from a screenplay for a movie. You have a primary story line surrounded by smaller side stories that are happening at the exact same moment. During a wedding ceremony, the main story is obviously the bride and groom. However, there can be any number of side stories occurring at the exact same moment, such as mom or dad wiping the tear from their eyes, or the flower girl sitting in the corner picking petals from a rose in her hands.
No matter how good a photographer is, he/she cannot be at all places at the same time; so, we use multiple wedding photographers. Each with a different focus. For example, our lead photographer focuses strictly on the bride and groom. Our second wedding photographer would focus on reaction shots from the family, guests, etc. Our third (when needed) would focus on creative imagery by constantly surveying and moving around the scene to find unique angles and compositions for our subjects.
Having multiple photographers enables our team to broaden the coverage and creative eyes at the event. While we recommend two photographers regardless of the size of your wedding, it is almost required if you have 175-300 people at the wedding.
Engagement Session FAQ
What should I wear to the engagement Session?
I will have specific recommendations depending on the location you choose. However, I want you to wear clothing that showcases your personality. It’s all about styling and planning. The more time you invest in choosing a wardrobe for your photo shoot, the happier you will be with the results. Leaving the details to the last minute creates stress and takes the fun out of the day. Don’t hesitate to consult with me on options for colors and accessories.
As a general rule, wear solid colors, as stripes and patterns draw attention away from your face. Avoid wearing turtlenecks and large loose clothing, as these often make the neck seem nonexistent and the body seem wider than it is. Shorts have a tendency to make legs appear shorter than they are.
Solid monochromatic colors are easiest to coordinate but primary or complementary colors also look great and bring energy to the photograph. Darker colors will cause the subject(s) to appear thinner while lighter colors will cause the subject(s) to appear larger. Dark pants or jeans with dark shoes give texture and visually anchor a portrait. When choosing color schemes, consider not only what looks best on you, but also what colors will look best in wall portraits and complement your home’s decor.
Keep it to a minimum. Avoid hats, hair ornaments, and sparkly or costume jewellery unless it does not distract from the main subject, you.
Avoid running shoes, white socks and heavy footwear. Also, consider fashionable boots, sandals or bare feet for casual photos.
Props help showcase your personality. Some examples of props could be musical instruments and sports equipment.
In general, you should bring at least two to three different outfits to the shoot and we can help you decide what would be most appropriate.
How many images do we receive from a typical wedding day?
Since the images are digital, I shoot constantly throughout the whole day, and then I edit the wedding photos down to around 500-600 of the best images.
How long does it take until we can see all of our wedding day images?
After your wedding, I take a great deal of pride in thoroughly editing, processing, and fine tuning your images. I’ll be ready to present your images to you about 2-3 months after your wedding. Good things come to those who wait!
What will you need from us on the wedding day?
Honestly, the best thing you can do is just forget that I am there, enjoy yourself and have fun. This is a big day, and you’re going to want to remember the important moments, not all the little details that went in to making it happen. It is good to have a go-to person, such as the best man, who is available to provide any answers to questions I might have on the day.
Tips to planning your wedding day:
Engagement photography sessions are wonderful for many reasons. Engagement photography not only provides you with wonderful imagery capturing your pre-wedding romance, it also gives you the chance to create a wonderful presentation at the wedding. By request, we often use engagement session imagery to create wonderful slideshows, guest sign-in books, event cards, invitations and more!
In addition, the engagement session also allows you to get to know your photographer a little more prior to the wedding. This allows you as a couple to build a better relationship with your photographer. This relationship will allow your photographer to create more natural and unique imagery since he/she has a good understanding of your unique personalities and tastes.
Here are two tips to get the most of your engagement session. First, think of a meaningful place to the both of you. For example, the place you went on your first date, where you proposed, or another special date place for the two of you.
Second, plan the engagement shoot session as early as possible. The rule of thumb is at least 90 days from the wedding date. But the further out from the wedding the better. You will be able to enjoy your images in your home, create nice wedding invitations and stationary, and you won’t be rushing to add one more thing in your already busy schedule.
Planning for Hair & Make-up
Hair/make-up artists are notorious for making brides late. As the bride, tell your hair & make-up people that they need to be done a whole hour before they actually need to be done. For example: If their pictures start at 3:00, schedule your hair and make up to be done at 2:00. And if you do get done at 2:00, then you have that time to relax with your girls..
Limousines & Classic Car Drivers
Some drivers might not be as punctual as you are. Make sure that you are adamant about pick-up and drop-off times, and also be sure to give them accurate directions. Allow for plenty of time so the driver is not rushing the photographer to be done before their next job’s pick-up.
Brides, Be Responsible for Your Dress
Do not let someone else cart around your dress. For example, we love mom, but, on more than one occasion we were sitting around ready to go, without a dress. Thus wasting valuable photography time.
Organizing Family Formal Pictures
If you have family members that you know typically run late in your immediate or extended family, be sure to give them a 30 – 45 minute buffer. For example: Tell family members to be there at 3:15 if their scheduled picture time is 4:00. Be sure to give them accurate directions. Another special thing to do that will also assure that everyone is informed on picture times is to send a personal note, e-mail, and or phone call to each member saying something like, “We really love you and care about you, and want you to be a part of our special day…Here is the time, place, and accurate directions to get there.