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Things You Should Ask Wedding Photographers January 30, 2008

Filed under: 97209,pearl district,photography,Portland weddings,weddings — perfectlypearlgirl @ 3:09 pm

Powers Studio Wedding Photography

Powers Studio Wedding Photography offers the the following photography tips:

Q: How many weddings has my photographer photographed in the past year? Month?
A: This is important because wedding photography is a very specific service that requires current practice. The success of a wedding photographer is based heavily on his personality and ability to work well under stress, with strangers.

I can’t stress enough the importance of using a photography studio that only photographs weddings, and a photographer that covers this type of event often and has developed a successful routine.

This type of photographer will spend a great deal of time planning out your photography based on your goals, needs and ideas.

Q: Where did my photographer learn to shoot weddings?
A: The answer to this is important because it will help you determine what style of photographer you are working with.

For example, a photographer with a background in studio photography will probably be more traditional and shoot fewer images. In contrast, a photographer who came from a journalistic background will probably be more candid and shoot a large quantity of images.

Though many will argue on this subject, I have found the above guidelines to typically be true.

Q: How many pictures will my photographer take on my wedding day and what is his/her philosophy regarding this number?
A: This number is based on the type of wedding you are having, and the style of photography you have chosen. Most studios drastically limit the number of images taken to save money. For example, if you read a price sheet that offers 100 or 150 proofs to choose from, or one that includes 175 pictures in a proof album, you are dealing with a studio that dramatically limits the number of images taken to save money.

Many photographers will argue that you simply don’t need to take a large number of images to successfully cover a wedding, however, we disagree.

Though a traditional photographer will usually take fewer photos than a photojournalist, it is still important to not limit this number before the fact. Weddings are so unpredictable and so unique that it is important to be open to any and all photographic opportunities that arise.

I have covered 6 hour weddings that resulted in 600 images, and others that produced over 4000. Though my photographic style was the same at both events, the event itself dictated, in many ways, how many photo opportunities there were. If a photographer arrives at your wedding with a limit in his mind as to how many images he will, or for that matter can (many studios set this limit and charge the photographer if he overshoots!) take, than a very large portion of your wedding day could be missed in your images.

Our photographers are trained to photograph anything and everything at your wedding. We do not limit the quantity of images we take, and give you all of these pictures to keep.

Q: After calling 3-5 past clients of my photographer, do I remain confident in his/her abilities?
A: Any wedding photographer should be able to provide you dozens of references. If he can’t, then you should ask yourself why? Honestly, very few clients ever ask for references when meeting with my studio, however, we stress the importance of doing so. It is one of the best ways to learn about your photographer. Don’t forget, the Better Business Bureau also keeps a up-to-date list of business who perform poorly in the customer service category.

No company can claim a perfect customer service record, however, you can typically determine if a company is operated in an ethical manner – putting the needs and education of the client first. .

Q: After viewing 3-5 complete weddings photographed by my photographer, do I remain confident in his/her abilities to meet my specific style needs?
A: Think about this for a minute…
Many wedding photographers cover 40-100 weddings a year. This means that in 10 years it would not be unusual for a wedding photographer to shoot 400-1000 events. If each event results in an average of 250-1000 images, then during this same period, this photographer will have taken from 100,000 to 1,000,000 wedding photographs.
When sitting in a photography showroom, look around; count how many images you see on the wall. Think about how many weddings you have viewed, taken by YOUR photographer…
It is not hard to produce 10 or 20 absolutely amazing images from a library of 1,000,000. Be smart, take the time to review a thorough sample of work and find a photographer who is not too busy to show you.

NEVER SIGN A CONTRACT REQUIRING A NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT UNTIL YOU TAKE THE TIME TO PROPERLY RESEARCH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER.

Q: Do I clearly understand the difference between film and digital photography and how important .raw shooting and digital editing is to the outcome of my photos?
A: Digital editing makes all the difference in the world! If we give you the digital files without editing them you probably couldn’t even view them on your computer!

Powers Studio Wedding Photography
725 NW Flanders (by appointment only)
Portland, OR 97209
503.478.0997

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One Response to “Things You Should Ask Wedding Photographers”

  1. Aaron Says:

    For what it’s worth, I had a very bad experience with Powers Studios several years ago. Things were at the point of filing small claims court paperwork before they would release my prints/negatives.


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