5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer(s)

April 20, 2016  •  Leave a Comment


Planning a wedding can be a lot of work! There are so many options to choose from when it comes to photography, venue, decor etc. As photographers, we know a thing or two about choosing the perfect photography match to capture your wedding day memories. Although working within your budget is important, even more important is working with someone whose work you love! In the quest to find the perfect photography fit for your day, here are 5 Important Questions to ask yourself, as well as a photographer! 

1. What style of photography are you looking for, AND does the photographer fit the bill?

The most important question to ask yourself before you book your photographer, is "Do you like their style?" There are many different styles out there. From Vintage/Rustic to Bright/Colourful, from Natural Light to Flash, Posed to more photojournalistic! It can be overwhelming! Don't be shy in deciding you like a certain style & look, just go for what you love! If you book a photographer based on budget, but they don't work within the "style" you like...chances are you won't be happy with your photos, and they won't be able to accommodate what you're looking for in the finished product. Then no one is happy. It's best to have a look at their website, cruise their portfolio of work and ask to see a full day wedding! You can often see full day weddings on blogs :D Here is a look at our blog, which will give you a sense of how we do a day, as well as our portfolio with some of our favourite work:

 Blog: http://www.julienphotography.ca/blog

Portfolio: http://www.julienphotography.ca/p620161193

A Professional Photographer will have a clear LOOK and STYLE to all their images! Our style can be summed up in one sentence:

"Our photography is a blend of flash work as well as natural light, to create a timeless, true to life, bright and colourful image" 

This consistency is key when you're looking for the right fit. This will give you great confidence in your photographers abilities, and trust is very important!


2. Back-Up, Back-Up, Back-Up!

​We've heard horror stories from couples whose wedding photos were lost...just days after the wedding. And they never saw them, and couldn't get back the day. It's heartbreaking, and it happens when a photographer doesn't have the back-up system in place. 

Redundancy is paramount, your wedding day is of the utmost importance. That means your photographer should have your images backed up in a minimum 2 different places. "Does your photographer have multiple back-up systems in place?"  As an example, our 5D Mark III's have duo memory card slots for double back-up on the day of shooting, we then store the digital files on a USB, on our computer hard drive, an additional external hard drive,  time machine, the cloud and the final step to back-up is placing the SD memory cards into a fire safe. Sounds like a lot...and it is, but loosing your photos is not happening!


3. Backup Photography Equipment

"Does your photographer have a back-up camera in place?" You never know what will go wrong with technology on a day...it can seem as unpredictable as the weather! Does your photographer have a back-up camera in the event that something fails? Sometimes things go wrong, even with weather sealed equipment! So, does your photographer have a back-up camera ready to roll or insurance? Your wedding day doesn't stop because a camera breaks down. Even if your photographer has a second shooter's camera on hand in the event their camera glitches, is great! We know a lot of couples book us because they are getting the two professional photographers = INSTANT BACKUP!!


4. Rain Plan Anyone?

Wherever you live, rain plans are non-negotiable! We've said it already, but here on Vancouver Island, the weather can be especially unpredictable! Photos can't stop because of a little rain or a torrential downpour! But it's best if your hair remains mostly dry ;D In a drought summer, four weddings we shot poured rain. Thank goodness for weather sealed equipment. "If it's raining, does your photographer have umbrellas for cover, and perhaps a location to bring you that won't get you both soaked?" It's always a great idea to work with your photographer and brainstorm couple ideas prior to your wedding in the event of rain :D


5. Does your photographer have business insurance and a business licence?

You don't want to stress out over your photography on your wedding day. You want to know all business aspects have been taken care of on the photographers end so you can enjoy your day. Being an "Insured Photographer" means that if our cameras break down, or get soaked we can have all new equipment the SAME day, with our full PPOC (Professional Photographers of Canada) insurance. If your photographer lost 10-20k of equipment in a break in or fire would they cancel your wedding? With an insured photographer you are protected! Insurance offers security.

Being listed & recognized as a reputable business in your own city, who wouldn't want that? Check to see if your photographer even has a business license in their city here's a link to the city of Nanaimo's list

City of Nanaimo business link http://www.nanaimo.ca/business_report/Default.aspx


We hope you've found these tips helpful! If you have any other questions about wedding photography, or just want to chat about your booking your wedding with us, we'd love to hear from you! Contact us today at: julienphotogarphy@me.com


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Vancouver Island Wedding Photographers Steve & Courtney Julien from Nanaimo BC.