TOP 6 questions to ask to photographer before signing the contract
March 14, 2020
For a succefull photo shoot, that will please you with its results, it’s not enough just to approve a professional’s portfolio. Do not hire a photographer without discussing these issues with him.
“HOW MANY PHOTOS WILL WE GET?” Remember, that it’s important not only the quality, but also the quantity of photos. Often the ideas of the couple and the photographer about how many pics will they receive differ significantly. If you were expecting 500 photos, but received only 100, disappointment can not be avoided. To save yourself from unnecessary worries, discuss “ashore” the question of when and in what format you will receive the photographs, and make sure that all this is written in the contract. Someone gives photos on a flash drive, someone through a cloud storage, some photographers print the best shots or provide the opportunity to order a photo book - all this should also be discussed in advance.
“IN WHICH WAY WILL BE EDITED THE PHOTOS?” It is important to understand that the photographer does not retouch all photographs. As a rule, full retouching is required only for individual portraits, and all other pics undergo only color correction. The same regards black and white photos too. As far as the photographer likes b / w, you probably already understood from his portfolio, but it will not be superfluous to discuss your expectations regarding the number of such shots.
“WILL OUR PHOTOSESSION BE PUBLISHED IN YOUR PORTFOLIO?” Not everyone wants his photos to be viewed by anyone on Instagram or on the photographer’s website. There can be many reasons to leave photos for personal use only and prohibit their publication in magazines or blogs. This service is provided by professional photographers for a fee. Make sure that all agreements are reflected in the contract.
“WHEN WILL WE GET THE READY PHOTOS?” The timing of edition process at different photographers varies from several weeks to several months. Some professionals in the first days after shooting give you a small preview - from 10 to 30 photos, to brighten up the expectation of the full series. In any case, you will be much calmer if you specify clear terms in the contract. And if they suit you, keep yourself in control and do not call him after the photo session with questions: “And when will the photos be ready? Can you be quicker? ” After all, politeness works both ways.
“WILL THERE BE ANY ADDITIONAL COSTS?” For example, if the photo shoot takes place abroad or you are planning an elopement wedding, consider in your budget the payment for the flight and the stay of the photographer at the hotel. Also, you will most likely have to pay transportation costs if photographer doesn`t live and work in the city where your shooting will take place.
“IN WHICH WAY WILL WE PAY?” Usually photographer asks for a prepayment in order to reserve the date for you and to be sure that you will not cancel everything at the last moment. You, in turn, will be sure that the photographer will not change his mind, that the pictures will be of high quality and that the work will be conscientious. Do not forget to indicate the terms of payment, the amount of prepayment and the full amount in the contract, so that this is a guarantee for both you and the photographer.