Things You Should Ask Before Hire Wedding Photographer

Woo Hoo! You’re engaged! Congratulations!

Now comes the big question… do you have your photographer?

No?

Too daunting of a task to think of right now?

Not to worry, choosing a wedding photographer is really not that difficult if you know what to ask. Being educated about each photographer’s qualifications and offerings is the first step to narrowing down the list of choices.

We have answered thousands of questions from hundreds of couples and we have narrowed down the most important questions that everyone should know. This list is not 100 questions long! This is a relatively short list but these questions are the ones that are the most important ones.

So let’s begin!

1. How many weddings have you photographed? First off, why is this important? It is important because it shows experience. You want a photographer that has photographed more than a few weddings. Experience is necessary because you want a photographer who knows what they are doing! How to pose couples and groups. Knowing what photographs to take and how to take them is key to quality photography. You don’t want to have to tell your photographer what photographs to take and how to pose people you have enough to think about; and besides what are you paying them for?

2. Do you do photography full time? Not all photographers do this as their main job. More and more people are picking up photography as a hobby or to bring in some extra income. Weekend warriors are rampant in the photography industry. This is something you may want to know. To some couples, it does not matter, but if it does matter then this is a good question to ask.

3. Do you carry backup equipment? This also goes to experience. Every photographer who has been in business for awhile knows that anything can happen and usually does. Only carrying one camera and lens is just asking for failure. And you certainly don’t want that failure to happen at your wedding!

4. Do you have business insurance? Not only to cover equipment but liability as well. This is a sign of a professional. A professional business should always have insurance.

5. What will you wear to photograph my wedding? You would be surprised what we have seen photographers wear to photograph in. You should know going in if you can expect yoga pants or black jeans or professional attire. If you are having a casual wedding and don’t care then you do not need to worry. But if you are having a wedding where you do not expect to see yoga pants and flip flops then you should make that clear up front.

6. How long after the wedding will our photographs be available? Some photographers will take as long as 6 months to edit a wedding. You should know how long to expect before you book.

7. How many edited images can I expect? This is important because some photographers take 2,000 images but only edit and deliver 300. You should know in advance if you will receive all of your photographs, less bad ones of course, or only a selection of photographs taken.

8. Do I receive my high-resolution digital files and will they be watermarked and resized? A combination question but it all goes together. Of course, you want to know if you will receive your digital files. The vast majority of photographers do offer them in their packages but there are still some holdouts that will charge extra for them, so you should know. And along the same lines, some photographers will resize and watermark the digital files that they give you so that you are still forced to order prints from them.

9. What is your deposit and when is the balance due? Again, you should know this up front before you book. Every photographer will do this differently. The average options are; a specific deposit amount with the balance due before the wedding; a 1/3 now, 1/3 before the wedding and the final 1/3 upon delivery; payment plans etc. Just make sure you know when and how everything is due.

10. Are the photographs that I see in your samples a good indication of your style? This is important. You want to like the photographs that your favorite photographer is showing you. If you do not like the sample photographs then that is a good indication that you will not like the photographs they take for you. You cannot expect the photographer to shoot in a different style just because they have a price and personality that you like. Make sure you love the whole package!

11. Are there any additional fees I should be aware of? Taxes, editing, travel, meals, additional time etc etc. You should know these things before you book.

12. Do you have a contract? Never book a photographer without a contract! This protects both of you.

OK, so did I overwhelm you? I certainly hope not! Of course, there are other questions to ask, lots of them, but these are what I would consider the most important. And you should ask about packages and other details but this is the nitty gritty must know stuff.

Good luck! And try not to get too overwhelmed!

How To Make Best Speech On Wedding

A wedding is a valuable moment in two people’s life. But, in order to make things work in a proper manner, it is important that everyone who participates at this even brings a personal contribution to the wedding. A speech is exactly what it needs in order to make things alright and improve the moment of the bride and of the groom, as it is one of the most significant days of their lives, which is meant o change them forever.

And stepmother of the groom wedding speech is also very important. Not only that it will show to both of them that you have a special consideration for this moment, but you will definitely manage to improve the event and make it even more pleasant and enjoyable. Everything you need to do as the stepmother of the groom is to take into account some essential advice in order to compose a proper speech and make your stepson proud of you.

The introduction you need for your speech must be definitely symbolic, especially because you are a woman and women tend to be more sensitive and understanding that men. Try to express your feelings in a few words, like “My always beloved son and dear daughter”, which will also reflect the deep respect you have for both of them. Try to captivate all the people and make them pay attention to your speech. If the result is the one you wanted or expected, then your introduction was good.

For the body of the speech you must consider the moments you spent with your stepson. Begin with the phases of his evolution and finish with the moments you spend in the company of your future daughter. Keep your speech simple, but always try to be as compassionate as you can and keep your voice tone full of emotion. Do your best in order to surprise everyone in a pleasant way and to improve the atmosphere. If you want to make everything funnier or more comical, you can also add some representative moments of your life and funny moments. The guests will appreciate your gesture for sure and the bride and the groom will always thank you for your significant contribution.

The end of the speech should be extremely simple and direct, so avoid using very complicated words, which may be unknown for some people and which can destroy the beautiful moment you created by yourself. “I wish you all the best and only joyful moments, my dear son and daughter” is a very proper ending phrase, but if you want to make things funnier, you can try something like “Be happy and don’t forget about your old mother, Alex, OK?”. You will obtain more than a smile from your stepson. Additionally, all the guests will appreciate your gesture for sure and they will admire your personality and the important role you played in order to make things right. After you finish the speech, go and hug your stepson and kiss your daughter – they will be totally surprised.