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  • Writer's pictureKayla Bowman

FAQ's for a Wedding Photographer

Updated: Jun 2

Yay! You're engaged! Weddings are amazing and a lot can go into planning one! Many couples aren't sure where to start or just have a lot of questions. I have created this blog to help answer a few of the questions about wedding photography.

  • How much does a wedding photographer cost?

Well unfortunately this is kind of a grey area with no one answer. Wedding photography can be anywhere from 0-10,000 or more for different packages and experience. It really just depends on each photographer and the expertise/client experience they give. You can spend more to get more or visa - versa! Usually quality comes with a higher price point. A tip is to start with creating an overall budget for the entire wedding then give each specific vendor more or less according to importance to you. Everyone values different things!

So if photography is on your list of importance I’d spend more in this area! Also be sure to find someone that you really vibe with and love all of their work! Reach out with any other questions, I love connecting and helping couples!

  • Where should I take my engagement photos?

We find it's really nice when you select a location that's meaningful to you (city where you first met, favorite spots to visit, things you like to do for fun). Otherwise your photographer should have some awesome suggestions for you! Also something to note is the usual recommended start time is later in evening towards sunset!

  • How far in advance should I book a wedding photographer?

Ideally, you should start the process of looking for a wedding photographer as soon as you know your wedding date. Many photographers will book 1-2 years out, so make sure you don't wait too long! This way you'll have more options and be able find one that's right for you!

  • How many hours of wedding photography coverage I will need?

This depends on your day of timeline! On average, a wedding photographer will be able to photograph all main events in an 8 hour day. If you have a special event like a sparkler exit, you may want to consider a 10 hour package. Arrival time is usually as the bride is doing finishing touches on hair and makeup. We will photograph the empty ceremony and reception area when we arrive and move on to getting ready photos. For a full timeline example click here.

  • How many photos do I get from a wedding photographer?

All photographers have different processes for photo delivery. Typically you can expect anywhere from 500-1000+ final images from an 8 hour wedding timeline. This number can be influenced by the amount of events happening and how long you have your photographer. Some photographers will put a photo limit cap as well. This is something to ask about when inquiring with them.

  • Do I need a second photographer?

There are many perks of having a second photographer on your wedding day! If you and your fiancé are getting ready at a separate locations or there's a shorter time window in your wedding day.. we are able to split up to make things run smoother! Another perk is having two different angles and lens looks for the same poses. I always recommend having a backup/second photographer for these irreplaceable memories!

  • How do I find a wedding photographer?

There is many options for this like WeddingWire/The Knot, Google, Facebook/Instagram, ask your friends, venue recommendation lists, and etc. To narrow it down, notice different editing styles and location of the photographer. Browse their website to get a feel for their specific brand. What do they value or offer that is different from every other photographer?

  • How to choose the right photographer for you?

Once you have a few narrowed down your search, be sure to meet them and ask to see full wedding galleries. During the meeting, whether that's on the phone or in person, make sure that you vibe with them and like them as a person! On my client calls, I get to know you as a couple and your values to see if we are a good match for your big day. Our process is very interpersonal because we believe that's important for your specific love story!

  • Does a wedding photographer hold the rights to the photos?

Copyright Law: The photographer owns the copyright for all images created at the event and has the exclusive right to make reproductions.

Depending on the photographer's specific process they may provide the digital files to the client to print or you will be able to purchase prints through them. Definitely something to consider during your inquiry!

Hopefully this helps you on your wedding planning journey! Reach out if you have any other questions you would like answered! To inquire with us for your wedding day click this link!

We look forward to hearing from you!

Happy planning!

Birch & Belle

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