Wedding Photography FAQs Answered- The Ultimate Guide

April 25, 2024

Guides, Tips/Advice

Are you preparing for your wedding and curious about wedding photography? We’ve got you covered! From choosing the right photographer to understanding the technical jargon, this comprehensive Wedding Photography FAQs guide addresses all the questions you might have and the ones you should be asking. Let’s dive in!

1. How do I choose the right wedding photographer?

Selecting the perfect photographer is crucial for capturing your wedding day. Start by researching local photographers and reviewing their portfolios on their websites and socials. Look for an editing style and overall style that resonates with you and your partner. Schedule consultations with your top 3 choices to discuss your vision and budget and get to know each other better to see if it would be a good fit.

2. What questions should I ask potential wedding photographers?

During your consultations, don’t hesitate to ask important questions such as:

  • Can I see full wedding albums you’ve shot?
  • What is your approach to handling unexpected situations?
  • What is your backup plan for the event of an emergency?
  • Do you have insurance?
  • Who are your second shooters?

3. How far in advance should I book my wedding photographer?

While searching for your wedding venue on with a resource like Here Comes the Guide‘s website (we highly recommend their services- type in your location and refine by style, guest count and budget to narrow down your venue search), you can also start looking into wedding photographers. To secure your preferred photographer, booking as early as possible, ideally 9-12 months in advance is advisable. Popular photographers may get booked up quickly, especially during peak wedding seasons (May-June/September-November).

4. What is the average cost of wedding photography?

Wedding photography costs vary depending on factors such as the photographer’s experience, location, potential travel, and package inclusions or add-ons. On average, couples in the Hudson Valley area spend between $5,000 and $10,000 for wedding photography services. Remember, investing in a skilled photographer with ample experience is an investment in preserving your memories for a lifetime. After the wedding, the only thing remaining is your photos!

5. What is the difference between editorial/fine art and documentary wedding photography?

Editorial/fine art wedding photography typically involves posed shots and formal portraits, while documentary (or photojournalistic) photography focuses on capturing candid moments as they unfold, telling the story of your day naturally. Some photographers offer a blend of both styles to cater to your preferences.

6. What’s the difference in editing styles?

Within wedding photography there are 3 main editing styles that you might see.
1. Light and airy (very white and bright, low contrast with desaturated greens)
2. Dark and moody (dark shadows, rich colors, higher contrast)
3. True to color (realistic colors and greens, focus on accurate skin tones, could have subtle warm or cool tones but does not drastically effect the overall colors)

I am a true to color photographer that also shoots film, here are some examples of my editing style.

7. Should I create a shot list for my photographer?

While it’s helpful to provide your photographer with a list of must-have shots, trust their expertise to capture the essence of your day. A shot list can serve as a guide, but allowing for spontaneity often leads to the most authentic and memorable images. Most photographers will ask for a family shot list to ensure all of your most important family members are included in the family portrait portion of the day. Here is a guide to creating a wedding day timeline that gives you ample time to capture all of your must have photos!

8. How many photos can I expect to receive, and how long will it take to receive them?

The number of photos delivered varies depending on the length of coverage and the photographer’s shooting style. On average, you can expect to receive 50-100 edited photos per hour of coverage. Delivery times also vary but typically range from 4-12 weeks after the wedding. Some photographers also deliver a “preview or sneak-peak,” which is a gallery of 10-100 photos as soon as 24 hours after the wedding to the first week of the wedding; it will depend on the photographer’s schedule and turn around.

9. What is the importance of engagement sessions?

Engagement sessions provide an opportunity to get comfortable in front of the camera, establish rapport with your photographer, and capture beautiful photos to cherish. They also allow you to get a better idea of your preferred photos and allow you to feel more comfortable on your wedding day so that you can remain in the moment. Here is a guide to planning an engagement session in the Hudson Valley.

10. How can I ensure my wedding photos are timeless?

Opt for classic, timeless poses and locations that will withstand the test of time. Avoid trendy editing styles that may date your photos. Focus on capturing genuine emotions and candid moments that will evoke fond memories for years to come.

Looking for a natural yet artistic wedding photographer?
Let’s chat about capturing your day in the upcoming season. Send me a message here.



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