Top four questions to ask when interviewing a natural wedding photographer
Generally, finding a god natural wedding photographer who has some experience taking pictures in natural-themed weddings isn’t so difficult. However, it is difficult narrowing down a lot of good, experienced and dependable wedding photographers from a handful to about two or three. It gets more complicated when you have decided to hold your wedding with little or no make-up on and have decided not to pose around too much and have the whole event hold in that beautiful garden. The stress of the day will definitely show on your face and you need a good photographer to hide them in the pictures. You cannot meet with fifteen photographers for an interview; yet an interview is highly recommended if you want to properly select the person to capture those beautiful moments without hiccups.
Choosing a wedding photographer to capture your natural wedding isn’t just about skill and experience. You HAVE to look at the photographer’s attitude and comportment during the conversation because you will be spending an entire day with him or her. When asking the necessary questions, you also attempt to unravel the person’s personality without asking personal questions and by observing.
With that said, below are the first set of questions you need to ask, in no particular order
Ask about the photographer’s style(s)
You want to know what styles are available, if it matches with what you want and if its affordable. It’s a crucial question as there are a number of styles – dramatic, lifestyle, documentary/photo-journalism, classic, artistic – out there to choose from, whether or not you are holding a natural wedding. Since you will be holding a natural wedding, it makes sense to have a natural wedding photographer like http://www.eyecapture.co.uk/ who can incorporate art into your pictures will be welcomed. Being fully aware that your photographs are going to live forever (or almost), you want to choose carefully the style and a photographer with the right skillset and experience for that style, especially one who can take good pictures utilizing the natural environment.
Ask who will take the photographs
Another crucial question. It’s imperative you ask this if you decide to employ the services of a studio. Usually, studios have a number of photographers to attend to different events. Ask for direct contact with the photographer. When you do, ask for the photographer’s portfolio and references from events or weddings in which he played a lead photographer’s role, especially wedding that took place in a garden or a natural environment.
Many clients have been disappointed when multi-person studios decide to abruptly change the photographer whom they have booked. Some studios can even attempt to pad a rookie photographer as a professional to advance his or her career. Not that there is anything bad having a novice – everyone started off at some point. However, you want to be assured of competence. Better still, if the studio is bringing a rookie to the table, ask them to attach an experienced photographer with him, who will play a lead role. That way, the studio gets to build the portfolio of their rookie and you get an experienced photographer handling your day. Win-win. If they [the studio] are not forthcoming, consider another studio or photographer.
Ask about the albums, what styles are available and at what prices
If there is another important question you have to ask, it’s about the wedding album. The album is the single most compendious and concrete asset you will have at the end of the wedding. Most photographers will offer you only one album style and will leave you high and dry after they have the photos and have been paid. To avoid unnecessary stories, ask about the albums, the price, looks and the durability of such albums. Make sure to let the photographer know that the album design and layout should beautifully show that you actually had a natural wedding
Ask about how many hours of coverage you are to expect and what is the charge for extra hours
For a natural wedding photographer he or she may have different working times. Some can work the whole day (six to eight hours). Others are more flexible in an attempt to make the package more affordable. The more hours you are allocated, the more you pay – that’s the general rule of thumb. If extra hours will be too expensive, you can ask the photographer to leave after a closing event, say after the last dance or after cutting the cake.