Whatever you choose for your photographer, always, always, always you understand there is a written contract. This contract will summarize the package you have chosen, the number of photos, the deadlines, the price, the general conditions of sale. This contract will clearly set out why you paid and will offer you guarantees. With Photographe mariage this is important.
When should I reserve the date? Do I have to pay you a deposit?
Regarding the date reservation, we want to tell you that the sooner you do it, the more sure you are of having it. Even if you have contacted a photographer by email and you like his work, do not assume that he will keep the date warm. If he is contacted by another couple for the same date, he may take the time to inform you, but don't be sure. Assume that the date is not blocked until the contract is formed. Generally, during the formation of the contract, a deposit or a deposit of around 30% will generally be required.
Do you shoot in RAW or JPEG?
To put it simply, the RAW format is the raw file and often a sign of quality. The photos are heavier and allow deeper retouching. This is the best, but it is more restrictive to use the opening time of the photo, more voluminous storage. The JPG format is the one proposed by default which presents less possibility of correction of the photographs.
Are you going to be there on the wedding day?
This question may seem strange, but that with large structures: the photographer you have met may not be the photographer who will accompany you on your wedding day. If this is a problem for you it is best to find out before.
What time will you be present at what time?
If you have agreed with your photographer that he will cover the day with preparations for the end of the cocktail, ask him what time he will arrive and what time he will leave so as not to have any bad surprises.
Will you be alone or accompanied by a second photographer on the wedding day?
Do not hesitate to ask if the photographer will be alone or not on D-Day if it will have an additional cost. Some photographers impose a second shooter beyond a certain number of guests, to be sure to capture all the moments of the day.
The engagement session
The engagement session: takes place before the wedding day. It is an opportunity to take photos in a relaxed way, just as a couple, in a place that is familiar to you or not. In my opinion, these engagement sessions have two advantages: they allow you to find both of you, to take the time, to have a nice memory that can potentially be useful for your announcements for example. But the engagement session is also an opportunity to get to know your wedding photographer better. Know that he will almost always be by your side on D-Day and for him to be able to take natural photos of you, you need to be comfortable. You should not perceive your photographer as a stranger. It is also a good way to judge if his work would satisfy you to consider entrusting him with your wedding and choosing him as a wedding photographer.