5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

This one's a good question that I get all the time: Kelsey, how do I possibly narrow down the possible wedding photographers out there to my perfect world photographer? 

Well. Sit down in that chair right there,

and let me show you how it's done. 

 1. How do you find these people?! 

Of course the first impulse you're going to have is to get into the ol' Google machine and spend countless hours surfing through things that aren't helpful. Let me stop you right there. A good source to cut to the chase is The Knot and local wedding magazines. Montana Bride along with most other local bride magazines contains a vendor list that is quite helpful! (and for more than just photography)

2. How do you like their work? 

There's no point in going any further with photographers if you don't gel with their style, right? Right. Take a peek at their images. Are they artsy, and that's what you like? Are they gritty, straightforward and in your face? As for me, I'm a little fun, fresh, candid, andventurous, and romantic all sprinkled into one. Make sure that you can see YOU in the pictures. 

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3. What's your budget?

This one can really lock it down for you. Once you've chosen three or four photographers whose style you like, call or email them about their package options. It's helpful knowing how much you'd like to spend on photography before you start this endeavor. If their price list isn't on their website, ask for it. According to the Knot, on average photography takes up about 10% of the overall wedding budget. 

 https://www.theknot.com/content/average-wedding-cost-2013

https://www.theknot.com/content/average-wedding-cost-2013

4. What do their packages include?

Do they give you all of the photos, or are they going to nickel and dime you for them later? Do they offer prints? Wedding albums? Another thing to ask is if they offer high resolution (or printable) images. If you've got granny who needs a 16x20 canvas print of you and honey over the fireplace, you'll need a photographer who can take care of that for you. If you're looking for just a few small prints, or purely web sharing images, ask about the cost difference between low and high resolution images. I offer prints, wedding albums, and lots of other products! As for me, I want to give you EVERYTHING you need so with every wedding package all high resolution, printable images, are included. Print credit and a wedding album are also on the table.

As for me, I want to give you EVERYTHING you need so with every wedding package all high resolution, printable images, are included. The wedding albums though... those are my favorite.
— Kelsey Lane

5. LAST BUT NOT LEAST: Can you stand to deal with this person for the most important day of your life?

This person needs to be someone likable. It needs to be someone who makes you laugh and someone you trust with the big ticket items. They need to be someone who has been around the block more than once. Someone you'd just like to be friends with. When Jake (my other half) and I take on wedding clients and sign that contract, we are promising to be that person for our clients. It's SO important. Get to know them a bit - meet up for coffee, or have a brief Skype session. I find that the best wedding photos come when I've already photographed the couple's engagement session. As you'll see, most of my packages include an engagement session for that very reason. 

 

Dear Potential Bride + Groom Client of Kelsey Lane Photography- 
There's nothing more I can say besides I want you to be perfectly happy with your wedding photographer fit, even if it isn't with me. Of course I want you to choose KLP every time, but I can help you find a fit like a glove in no time! We all only want the perfect fit on the perfect day!
Sincerely, 
The Montana Wedding Photographer Hoping to Win Your Heart ~Kelsey~