1. Will Sheila Carson be our photographer on our wedding day?
Yes. When you hire Sheila Carson Photography for your wedding day Sheila will be your photographer. It is so important that you make sure that the wedding photographer you hire will be the wedding photographer that shoots your wedding. Some photographers hire other photographers to work for them and then surprise the couple on their wedding day with another photographer! If you look through a photographer’s portfolio and you like what you see and want to hire that photographer, it would be a great disappointment to have someone else show up on your wedding day. It would be even more disappointing if you didn’t like the photos they took!
2. Should we have a first look with our photographer before the ceremony or should we wait ?
First off, I would NEVER talk a couple out of waiting to see each other until the ceremony if that’s what they really wish to do. I would, however, like to tell you a little bit about what I’ve learned about having a first look moment.
When you decide to have a first look before the ceremony, you both have plenty of time to take that moment in. It gives you both a chance to catch your breath and to have an intimate moment just between the two of you. Having it captured on film helps to relive that special moment for years to come.
I have had couples wait until the ceremony, but some of them have said that it went by so fast that they didn’t get a chance to take it in.
It’s a big decision. Just make sure that you decide based on what’s best for you.
3. How soon after my engagement should I start interviewing photographers?
I think booking your venue and photographer should be top two things on your list of things to do. You’ll want to snag the best photographer for your wedding day before they’re already booked.
4. How do I find the perfect wedding photographer for me?
Start by viewing wedding photographers’ websites. Take time to go through some of their wedding photos. Find a few that you like and then contact them to set up an interview.
Remember that this person will be documenting one of the most important days of your life. Make sure that you not only love their photography style, but that you really connect with him or her. He or she will be by your side throughout your day, so make sure you pick someone who you could imagine spending your special day with.
5. Should I book an engagement session?
Many photographers, including myself, offer engagement sessions with their wedding packages. While it’s not absolutely necessary to book an engagement session with your wedding photographer, it is a good idea. It gives you a chance to spend some time with the photographer. It gives you insight to their shooting style and gives you a chance to warm up to one another before the big day.
6. How much should I expect to pay for a wedding photographer?
Most couples under budget for their wedding photography by about 50%. On average, most couples end up spending around 20% to 30% of their budget on photography. After everything is said and done, the images are what you will have to remember that day. Make sure you go with the best that you can afford. When you look through your images in the years to come, you’ll be thankful that you did!
7. Is it okay to ask the photographer to adjust the package options and prices?
Absolutely! Your wedding photographer is working for you. If the packages include things you don’t need, you should be free to make adjustments.
8. What can I expect on my wedding day?
I am there for you. I absolutely love capturing each moment of my couple’s special day. I also love being a part of making that day special. When you are researching wedding photographers, read what other couples have to say about their experience with that photographer. You can see what other couples have to say about me here.