You might find categories 1, 2, and 3 great but end up with a horrible experience over all. Did you know some brides go 3 months without seeing their wedding proofs and years before they get their album?? Here's what to ask to make sure that doesn't happen to you:
- How long will it be to see the proofs?
If they say six weeks, then ask to see proofs from the wedding they shot six weeks ago and see the date on the invitation picture they took. Don't get caught with someone who over-promises and then doesn't deliver! My brides see their proofs in 3-4 weeks.
- How long does it take to get the album?
Find out the album process step-by-step. Often times photographers make you choose your wedding album pictures which could leave you frustrated, over-whelmed and procrastinating the process causing you to not have your wedding album until years after your wedding. My brides have an album design within weeks of their wedding.
- Do they have a team of people behind them?
Too often photographers get caught drowning in work and end up delivering products late or never replying to your calls because they're trying to do everything themselves from marketing to printing albums. Or, they deliver sub-par products because they're too busy to take the time to do them well or simply don't have the skills needed to do them at an expert level. Make sure your photographer has a team of people on staff so that you know they're running an efficient business (which will help you get your products on time) and giving you the best possible quality. I have a graphic designer on staff designing everything from Save-the-Dates to wedding albums and she does a MUCH better job than if I were doing it myself.
- Are they a boutique studio?
Your wedding is unique and important and you want a photographer that thinks the same way and doesn't just pile you in with one of the 100 brides they're photographing that year. The advantage to having a "Boutique-style" photographer (one that shoots less than 30 weddings a year on average) is that you'll receive more attention and care each step of the way and your wedding photographs will show more of your unique couple personality rather than a cookie-cutter style that is done the same way at every wedding.
- Do you like your photographer?
Is their personality one that you'll love working with over the next year or two - because it's practically like you're going to date them for a few years! Your photographer is one of the wedding vendors that you'll have contact with the most before, during and after your wedding, so make sure they have a personality that's knowledgeable, calm and has pleasant demeanor that you'll want around you for a while.