Gauteng wedding photographer -The Questionnaire
Prepare for your wedding photography session with Renphotos
Once you have seen a whole wedding photography shoot and chosen your Gauteng wedding photographer that suits you best, it is time to set up a couple of meetings and go through what you want photographed, and how at your wedding.
As a photographer, I always have a general list of questions that I like to go through with the engaged couple. But some photographers do not prepare properly for a wedding shoot. Some questions may seem unnecessary but I would rather not take that risk on a shoot where you do not get another chance.
Photoshoot Light is important
For instance – a lot of people like to hold their ceremony at around half past three in the afternoon. The bride is often “fashionably late “, and the ceremony carries on until half-past four. Then everybody is trying to congratulate the newlywed couple as they walk out. You as a photographer are starting to get a little nervous because you still have to do all of the group shots, as well as the couples shots before the light goes.
In summer in Johannesburg, this is ok as it will be light until about half-past six in the evening, but if its a winter wedding, you are definitely in trouble.
Group photos can take longer
Group photos always tend to take quite a while because you have a lot of people milling around and talking while they wait for their photograph to be taken. By the time you have finished with the group shots, it is already half past five – and you still have to photograph the couple and the magical golden hour light has already past.
All this could have been avoided if a few questions had been asked beforehand – this should have been the photographers prerogative, and if they have not done this alarm bells should be ringing in your head.
Here are some questions that should be cleared up by your photographer beforehand :
What time is the ceremony? If the ceremony is at half 3 and it is winter, how can we work around this, can it be moved a half-hour earlier? or can the couple be strict enough that the meet and greet after the ceremony does not take too long? Can the group photography be made to go any quicker so that time can be saved.
Who is the master of ceremonies – the photographer needs to know this to facilitate calling people for photographs, who to go to to make announcements etc.
How many people are going to be in the group wedding photos – this also helps to estimate the time needed for group wedding photographs.
At the ceremony how would you like to go about photographing all of the guests – By the table? By birth date? etc.
How creative would you like your photographs to be? More fun or more classical?
The list goes on and on – you can see why this is so important to clear up before the actual wedding day. There is nothing worse than a wedding photographer who does not know what is actually happening in the day, and you will be risking the memories of your big day if this is not organised well in advance and in detail.
NB. If you want a full list of questions that I ask wedding couples please email me directly, I will be happy to send this to you.
Good Luck 🙂