finding a wedding photographer

What to ask your wedding photographer

Hello, engaged couples!

Congratulations, on your engagement! I’m sure you’ve noticed that once you get engaged, the planning can definitely get overwhelming! I totally understand. Unless you’ve been married before or work in the wedding industry you may not be sure what to ask certain vendors before hiring them. You have a vision for your special day, so don’t trust it to just anyone. I’ve taken the liberty of composing an FAQ that I'm normally asked by brides at our consultation - just for you!

Although I’ve included my own answers to these questions, feel free to use the questions with any other photographer you’re looking to hire.

Best of luck in all of your wedding planning!

 

Wedding FAQ 

How far should I book in advance?

Nine to twelve months in advance is suggested to ensure I’ll be available on your wedding date. Don’t worry if you have less time! Check with me for availability.

How do I reserve my date?

To reserve your wedding date, a 50% non-refundable retainer is required. Any remaining unpaid balance would need to be made one week prior to the wedding date.

Where are you based, and are you open to traveling?

I am currently located in Fishers, IN, but I welcome all travel opportunities! Depending on the distance and time required, travel fees may apply.

What type of gear do you use?

I’m a Canon girl all the way! I have three camera bodies. I use my Canon 5D Mark III as my primary camera, a Canon 6D for lowlight portraits, and I also have a Canon Mark II as a back up body. For the best detail and quality, I only use the following Canon or Sigma lenses:

Sigma 70-200mm 2.8 APO EX HSM

Canon 100 mm macro 2.8

Canon 85mm 1.8

Sigma ART 50mm 1.4

Canon 50mm 1.8

Canon 24-70 2.8 II USM

Sigma 10-20mm 3.5

Although I love the softness of natural light, I also use an assortment of Canon speedlights and Magmod diffusers to accommodate all lighting scenarios.

Drone photography options are also coming soon! -stay tuned!

Please forgive my cell phone photo - I had nothing else to shoot with! :-)

Please forgive my cell phone photo - I had nothing else to shoot with! :-)

Do you have an assistant or second shooter?

Yes, Jami is my JAM! Jami of Jami Jean Photography is my second shooter. Jami and I have developed a partnership because we share in our love for photography, weddings, and wine. We pretty much only disagree on one thing… she’s #teamnikon. I still love her though! Jami’s shooting style is also very complimentary to my own. Having Jami as my second shooter is a great way to provide another outlook and adds an exciting variety to your wedding gallery. For consistency purposes, I will be editing all images that you receive.

I know you must be thinking, “Oh my! I can’t possibly afford another photographer in addition to your prices.” - don’t you worry about that! You will not be charged a fee for any second shooter or assistant that I may bring. Prior to booking, I can verify if Jami or an assistant will be available for your date.

What is your shooting style?

I am a lifestyle photographer which is a perfect blend of photojournalism and traditional photography. Basically, I take mostly “in the moment” style photos that will really capture all of the emotions on your big day. However, I’m traditional in the sense that you can also expect posed shots as a couple, with your wedding party, and with family.

I have a Pinterest board full of ideas! Can I share them with you?

Absolutely, but only with the understanding that I'm not in the biz to replicate work. Seeing your Pinterest board is a great way to get an understanding of what you like or what you've envisioned, but out of respect for other creatives I will not duplicate.

When should we do the wedding portraits?

The answer is: it's up to the bride and groom!

For couples that do not want to see each other prior to the ceremony, I suggest taking pictures of the wedding party and families prior to the ceremony with the bride, and then with the groom at a separate time. Pictures as a whole group can be taken after the ceremony and will only consume approximately an hour prior to the reception.

If you do not mind seeing each other prior to the wedding, portraits can be taken prior to the ceremony’s start time. Portraits can take approximately 1-1.5 hours with the couple, wedding party, and family.

We will solidify plans a week prior to the wedding, and a shooting schedule will be submitted to the couple to confirm all plans.

What do you use to edit photos?

Adobe Photoshop CS6 is my editing software.

What is your editing style?

There are countless ways to edit photos, but when it comes to weddings I feel that it is best to stay natural and classic so you can treasure those memories for years to come! My style is to make all photos look as natural as possible while enhancing and correcting colors.  

I will only remove markings that are not considered permanent such as pimples, bruises, blemishes etc. Features such as freckles, eye color, or anything that makes up the natural appearance of someone will not be altered. I also will only remove/edit items that might be considered distracting to the image such as out of place signs, trash cans, etc.

I do not permit outside editing to the photos, so to provide my clients with more options, I provide all edited images in four finishes: Color, Black and White, Matte, and Matte black and white with grain at no extra cost.

When will I get to see my wedding photos?

Your photos will be ready within 4-6 weeks following your wedding date. I go through a careful process of choosing the best images from your day and process each of them with individual attention.

How will I receive the images?

All edited images will be provided in high resolution on a USB flash drive as well as a temporary online gallery. Although all images are the property of Belinda Marie Photography, you will receive a print release so that you may have them printed at any printing company you choose. Belinda Marie Photography also offers professional grade prints through the online gallery.

A preview of an online gallery cover page

A preview of an online gallery cover page

Example of full online gallery

Example of full online gallery

Do you offer albums?

Yes, for an additional cost, photo books are available along with a selection of other a la carte products. For your album, I offer you a chance to pick your favorite photos that are in the online gallery that you must have in the album. The album will then be organized, based on photos you’ve selected, to tell the story of your wedding day. You will be able to view the album prior to printing, so changes can be made to ensure you’re 100% satisfied with the layout.

 Will you post my photos online?

Yes. I may use photographs in blogs, online galleries, and advertising. Please know that I respect all of my client’s privacy, and will never use any image that can be construed as indecent on a public post or advertisement. If you prefer that your photos are not premiered, please let me know and I’d be happy to accommodate.