“8 Questions You Must Ask a Wedding Vendor Before Booking”
1. HOW MANY WEDDINGS DO YOU DO PER YEAR? HOW MUCH EXPERIENCE DO YOU HAVE?
This is an extremely important question. Ideally, your wedding professional should have ample experience specifically with weddings. Not only will they be more skilled in their craft, this also makes them a valuable source of information and ensures that your wedding day goes smoothly.
2. HOW MUCH DO YOU COST?
Price is often relative, especially when you factor in experience, reputation and expert skill. Generally, the most talented professionals have a higher price tag because they are worth it.
3. HOW MUCH IS THE DEPOSIT?
4. WHAT SPECIFICALLY IS INCLUDED IN THAT COST?
Because packages often vary, it’s likely that you won’t be able to compare one vendor exactly to the next without doing a little figuring. The lowest cost isn’t necessarily the best deal; some higher quotes include services that you have to pay extra for in other packages. Make sure you take this into account.
5. WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU CANCEL? WHAT HAPPENS IF I CANCEL?
Find out if your deposit is refundable under any conditions. Does the wedding professional have a back up plan if something happens to them?
6. DO YOU USE A CONTRACT?
If the answer is No, RUN! A contract is designed to protect both you and the wedding professional. Don’t settle for a verbal agreement that won’t hold up in court.
7. ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL FEES?
Taxes, service charges and travel fees can add up quickly. Make sure you understand exactly what is included and if there are any other fees you’ll have to pay. This should be clearly defined in your contract.
8. DO YOU CARRY LIABILITY INSURANCE?
The answer you’re looking for here is Yes. This protects you in case an unfortunate accident should occur on your wedding day. It’s also a sign that this is a reputable business, since most “fly by night” operations don’t invest in insurance.
Here are are a couple FAQ’s about professional photography in general:
What is the difference between traditional photography and photojournalism?
Although opinions vary on this subject, traditional photography entails interaction between the subject and the photographer to obtain beautifully-posed images, whereas photojournalism simply means documenting your event through photographs with little, if any, direction by, or awareness of, the photographer. We include a mix of both styles.
Why does professional photography seem expensive?
Like anything else, you get what you pay for, so prices vary greatly between photographers. Keep in mind as you make your decision, the photographer’s experience and style. A good portion of the expense comes from the time and effort we expend to professionally crop, color balance, correct exposure, remove blemishes and glass glare, tone down shine, soften lines, whiten teeth, darken the edges of an image to highlight the subject, or creatively enhance an image; such as, hand-tint the flowers in a B&W image. This attention to detail is extremely important and time consuming. We spend approximately 10 hours after the wedding improving these aspects.
And here are are some FAQ’s specifically about us:
Do you provide a guarantee?
We absolutely guarantee that you will be thrilled with both your photographs and our service to you. You will probably have friends and relatives commenting at your wedding about how nice the photographer is and how easy he is to work with. You will be thrilled with how we represent you and your family at this important day in your life. Then, you will be thrilled with the images we create for you, and with the completed Art Book. If not, we will do whatever is necessary to see to it you are happy. And, if we can’t, then of course, we will refund your money. It’s as simple as that, although we have never had this happen in over 30 years of servicing brides and their families.
Explain the difference between a page and a layout.
In an Art Book (our coffee-table-style wedding album), two pages equal one layout.
Do you offer B&W?
Yes. Although we shoot everything in color, you may choose to have some or all of your images printed in B&W or sepia tone, which is the old-fashioned look.
How many photographs are taken at the wedding?
There is no limit to the amount of images taken, and it depends a lot on the length of the wedding and reception, but approximately 80-100 images per hour.
Is a high-resolution disc included?
A high-resolution disc with copyright release is included in our packages enabling you to economically make prints.
Do you have backup and insurance?
We have backup cameras, lenses, and personnel. My associate photographer is a longtime friend, owned his own photography studio in Southern California before moving to Atlanta and is an excellent wedding photographer in his own right. We specialize in weddings and limit ourselves to 36 weddings per year. Yes, we carry professional liability insurance.
What is your payment plan?
A retainer of one-third is required to reserve your date. An additional one-third will be due one month before the wedding. The balance is due upon your approval of the Art Book design. If you approve a design which exceeds your original budget and you’d like to spread your payments out, a credit card or checks can be used for up to 12 equal monthly payments.
What is the difference between Carl Nelson Photography and other photographers?
Experience, calm demeanor, quality and value. Most photographers settle for a single, on-camera flash to light their photographs. While this may be fine for some situations, a multiple-light system like we use can help to create images with a three-dimensional look that appear to have more movement and action. If you’re looking for something special, something that will make the difference between photographs with ordinary lighting and those that look like an experienced professional portrait photographer shot your wedding, choose Carl Nelson Photography. You’ll be glad you spent a little extra on one of the most important aspects of your wedding…your photographs!