A wedding is a magical and special day for couples and hiring the right photographer will ensure the memories from the day will last.
These days most wedding photographers have websites with plenty of images from past weddings they have photographed. Elkin photographer Jennifer Kleinheksel of Jennifer K Photography suggests couples begin by perusing photographers’ websites to find what they like best. The decision also should be a personal one, Kleinheksel said.
“After you have looked through a ton of images online and have whittled down your possible photography choices, the most important thing, I think when selecting a wedding photographer, is that you meet with them in person,” she said. “This will give you a good sense right off the bat if they are the right one for you.
“This is one of the biggest days of your life, and your photographer will be with you every step of the way so make sure that your personalities match and don’t clash. They are a huge part of your wedding experience and day, so make sure that you like them as a person.”
There are many questions couples will likely want to ask of a potential wedding photographer. Here are the top five questions Kleinheksel suggests couples ask when booking a wedding photographer.
1. Does the photographer have a backup?
“By this, I mean do they have both a backup camera in case something were to happen to theirs while shooting your wedding, as well as if they have a backup person that can shoot for them if something were to happen to them and they can’t make it to your wedding day,” said Kleinheksel.
2. How many images will you receive from your event and how long after the event will the images, proofs, albums, etc. be ready?
“Each wedding photography studio varies in the time it takes to produce and deliver wedding images. Studios 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 professional studios that develop and produce their images will take anywhere from two weeks to six months,” Kleinheksel explained.
3. Does the photographer have insurance?
“Insurance protects not only the photographers’ equipment from theft, but it also provides liability protection in case a light falls over on Uncle Ned while he is cutting some awesome moves on the dance floor, as well as Aunt Janet if she were to trip over a photographers’ bag or light stand and break her leg,” said Kleinheksel. “If a wedding photographer does not have insurance, chances are they are new to the industry and have not shot a lot of weddings or they are not taking their business seriously.”
4. How are the photos processed and are the images color-corrected?
“Color correction is the most basic post-production, and should be done on every single image. If not done on every single image, or only on a select few, you may have a lot of pictures where skin tones are orange, yellow, red or even blue,” Kleinheksel said. “At my studio I color-correct every single image from the wedding day to make sure each and every image is a professional quality product.”
5. How many weddings has the photographer shot and have they photographed at the location where the event is being held?
“Weddings are very hard to shoot and a lot can go wrong, so it is important that your photographer have a lot of experience and be able to handle all of the small or big problems that can get thrown at them during a wedding day,” Kleinheksel said. “It can also be nice, although not necessary, for your photographer to have worked at a venue before. If they have shot at a venue before, they will know where they can or can’t go to photograph, as well as if there are any restrictions for use of the property. They will also already have ideas for where to get some great shots. That being said, if your photographer has not been there, they may be willing to go to the facility beforehand to get a general lay of the land, which will aid them in photographing your day.”
Jennifer K Photography is located at 125 W. Main St., Suite 200, in Elkin, and specializes in wedding photography as well as newborn and high school senior portraits. For more information, visit www.jenniferkphotography.com.