Are you getting married??? Wedding Photography is no easy subject and interviewing potential wedding photographers can be a daunting task. Regardless of if you are hiring Jose Ruiz Photography Team or another studio, we have created a list of 12 questions to help you find the perfect photographer for your wedding day.
1. What's your primary style of photography?
This should be your first and foremost question as this is the style of photography that interests you. Jose Ruiz Photography is primarily photojournalist with hints of fashion and fine-art influenced wedding photography techniques.
2. How many weddings have you shot, and have you shot similar to mine?
This is a great question to get an idea of how much experience your photographer has in general. Years are not a good gauge of experience since some wedding photographers may work part time, and only shoot five weddings a year on weekends. Thus, maybe they have five years of experience, but they have only shot 25 weddings. One of the reasons of why we made the Venue section on our website is so you can see the variety of weddings that can be done in a same venue.
3. How many times have you worked specifically as a wedding photographer?
This question is designed to find out if the photographers are specialized in wedding photography or they are “one-stop-shop-photographers.” More specifically, you would be better off looking for a photographer that specializes, not only in wedding photography but the style of wedding photography.
4. Will a contract of the services be provided? can I get a copy?
There are a lot of photographers that don’t create contracts for their wedding photography clients. You should require a contract from your photographer that details what services they will be providing, pricing, termination resolution terms, etc. A contract is created for your protection, and for the wedding photographer’s protection. It is best to hire a photographer that will build a contract with you, and be wary of photographers that “don’t typically create contracts for clients.”
5. What happens if the photographer is ill?
While it is unlikely that the photographer happens to get ill on your wedding day, there is still a chance. It is crucial that the photographer does something to take care of the situation in case of illness. Jose Ruiz Photography has a variety of skilled photographers in the team that can take over in case Jose is sick.
6. Do you have insurance?
Professional wedding photographers should have the proper insurance for their business. Insurance protects the photographer against equipment theft, but more importantly it provides liability protection in case someone trips over the photographer’s bag and breaks her leg. If a wedding photographer does not have insurance, chances are they are new to the industry or are not taking their business seriously.
7. Does the collection I'm interested in include an assistant?
We bring an assistant to all our wedding that includes more than 20 guests. Aside from the wedding site, there are many moments in which one single photographer cannot cover completely alone. There is no way to capture the first kiss, and at the same time, turn around and get the tear in mother’s eye.
8. Will you color correct my images?
Since color correction is the basic post production, it should be used on every single image. Many photographers will not color correct any, or will only color correct “select” images from your wedding. This means that you may have a lot of pictures where your skin tones are orange, yellow, red or even blue. Jose Ruiz Photography color corrects every single image from your wedding to make sure each and every image is a professional quality product.
9. What kind of equipment do you use?
We use the best equipment in the industry and are always updating it. Please go to our Photography Gear page to learn more.
10. Should my event last longer than scheduled, will you stay? Is there an extra charge?
Knowing up front the photographers policy on overages is critical. You don’t want to be surprised when your wedding photographer asks for an additional $1,000 before they release your pictures to you. Even worse, you don’t want your wedding photographer to just pack up and leave when their time is up and you still have pending a lot of things on your wedding. Please be sure with your wedding planner on the amount of hours needed to document the event as best as possible. We recommend 8hrs of coverage in a regular wedding but if you have a special event please write us to help you clear all those details.
11. What attire will the photographer and their assistants wear?
Even though the wedding photographers are a big part of the wedding day, it’s important that they are not distractions. As such, it’s important for the photographer to blend in as much as possible. Furthermore, for religious or cultural ceremonies, there may be certain colors that are considered taboo. Make sure your photographers will be dressed appropriately for the occasion. We dress in dark color suit because we want to go unnoticed by the clients and guests, so that we can capture the event as photojournalists. If you have a specific dress code please let us know.
12. How long after the event will the proofs, album, etc be ready?
Each wedding photography studio varies in the time it takes to produce and deliver your pictures. Photographers that do not do any post production or color correction may try to entice you by saying your photos will be ready within the week, or even the next day. However, most studios that develop and produce their images will take anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months.
Jose Ruiz Photography has developed a consistent production schedule in order to deliver an amazing product in an exceptionally quick manner. This schedule can be seen below:
3-4 Weeks for Engagement, Family, Newborn, Anniversary Photography Sessions.
7-8 Weeks for Weddings and Receptions. This schedule is in the worst possible conditions but we usually deliver the images faster that that.
If you have more questions please contact us and we'll be more than happy to answer all your questions and guide you to make the perfect decision in selecting your wedding photographer.
Another important topic is selecting your wedding planner. Go read this post that is super important for the bride to be.