I had the wonderful opportunity to talk on stage about wedding photography at the Wedding Expo. Sitting back stage waiting for your turn is a bit nerve wrecking I have to admit. Watching the beautiful models in their stunning dresses made it all a bit easier. I don’t think anyone realise just how much goes on back stage. A big thank you to Janet from the Wedding Expo, she made everything run smoothly and kept us calm and smiling. Our master of ceremony was the very talented Craig Urbani who’s presence on stage kept me calm and relaxed. It is not every day that I get to talk on stage and he made it a lot easier. These are some of the questions I had to talk about.
What would your advice be for choosing a photographer?
Love what you see on the photographer’s website, Facebook page and printed portfolio. Every photographer has a certain style if you don’t love what you see keep on searching. Ask to see a full wedding portfolio. By doing this you will be able to see how the different parts of the day is being captured and if the quality of the photographs are consistent throughout. Also look for different lighting conditions, for example beautiful sunny days, overcast and rainy days and night photos. This will give you a clear indication how your photographer will handle these different situations.
What is a good starting time for ceremonies to commence in winter and then respectively in summer?
A good starting time for a winter wedding is at 15:00 in the afternoon and summer weddings between 16:00 and 16:30. This is to ensure that you will be able to make use of the beautiful light during the golden hour.
What is the golden hour?
It is the hour shortly after sunrise or before sunset. The light during this time is soft, warm and dimensional and creates magical photos.
What is the difference between a second shooter and a photographer assistant?
A second shooter is exactly what it say, a second photographer that can capture moments either alongside the main photographer or sometimes separate. An assistant is there to carry bags, hold lighting equipment, and basically be an extra set of hands for the main photographer.
Is it a bad thing if you have a photographer that does not have either?
Every photographer have their own way of working and neither should be seen as good or bad. What will be important is what you expect, so discuss this with your photographer beforehand.
What are the standard industry package hours for photography?
This will be different from photographer to photographer and will depend on the amount of coverage you require for your wedding day. We have found that 8 – 9 hours is more than enough to capture everything from getting ready to the garter and bouquet toss later in the evening.
How long can a couple expect to wait for their photos after the wedding?
This is a very important point to discuss with your photographer since there is no set standard. You can expect anything from 2 weeks up to 4 months. Every photographer’s workflow and what they include in their packages are different and therefor the timelines will not be the same.
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