When I receive an inquiry about my wedding/event photography, I find it helpful to engage a potential client in a fact-finding conversation. I want to provide the bride with a quote only after I have gathered all the facts. Rather than simply providing a cookie-cutter quote based on past weddings/events, I find it necessary to ask questions relevant to the client’s specific needs. Though I do have a standard hourly rate, each potential client has their owns specific needs. And I find it necessary to seek understanding about all of the details of the event. Specifically, I want to know what is most important for me to capture. Although there are standard photos I need to capture, there are also non-standard moments that are most important to my potential clients. There may be a specific request to capture Uncle Joe with the groom by himself because of the unique and special close relationship they have had throughout their lives, etc.
Choosing a photographer for a wedding/event is a very personal decision. And though price is important to consider (especially when there is a specific budget I need to be cognizant of), choosing a photographer based on price alone is never a good idea. The event that is most important to a client requires a photographer who listens and strives to achieve excellence and the desired end-result of the client. Perusing through a photographer’s portfolio is most important of course, and choosing a photographer based on a specific style of shooting is just as important. When a photographer’s work is reviewed, it is necessary to not only make sure he is proficient in his craft especially when it comes to lighting; it is also important to study the expressions of the client in the photograph. Is the photographer gifted to bring forth in the image relaxed and sincere expressions.
I hope this has been helpful information that you may be able to use in choosing your photographer for your special event!