As the special day fast approaches, you will be consumed with many pressing issues and might forget to ask the Quinceañera photographers some very important questions.
Before you consider signing any photography contract, be sure to get answers to these 10 questions from any photographers you are considering.
1. What Photography Style Do You Use At Quinceañeras?
While you should be able to get a good understanding of the photographer’s style by looking at their portfolio, it is better to be safe than sorry by asking them in advance. Different photographers have their own unique way of shooting, some prefer traditional while others opt more for the candid style. Remember that as the big day starts, you will be posing with family and friends in more portrait style shots, then more candid style as the party begins and you want to see all those hugs, laughs, tears, and natural smiles.
2. What’s Your Photography Experience with Quinceañeras?
Ask the photographer how many Quince celebrations they have shot, and how long they have been doing so. Discuss the settings and styles used in those shoots, and always ask to see those samples.
3. Who Will The Photographer Be?
Many times when you are dealing with a large photography studio, they have several photographers on staff handling the work load. The person you interview might not always be the one who shows up to take pictures at your event. Because each photographer has a unique style of their own, it is extremely important that the one you interview and agree to work with is the one who actually shows up and takes those pictures. If this studio can not promise you with a written guarantee who is going to be there shooting, you might want to consider moving on to a studio that will be able to provide you the photographer of your choice.
4. Are There References I Can Call?
Ask the photographer if you can speak to a couple prior customers about their experiences. Professional photographers will jump at the chance to let others rave about their experiences. Ask these customers would they recommend the photographer, was he/she on time, how was he dressed, and was she professional throughout the entire day. These third-party comments can go a long way in helping you to decide upon the best Quinceañera photographers.
5. What Type Camera Do You Use? Do You Bring Backups?
If you want to enjoy the best possible pictures, the photographer needs to be making use of the latest and greatest in photography technology. The best photographers in this business will always arrive with spare cameras in the event of an unforeseen issue.
6. How Many Photographs Will You Be Taking?
While the best photographers typically shoot around 500 pictures during these events, you need to discuss before hand how many you will be able to choose from. Some photographers charge by hour, per picture, or per event so be sure you know beforehand what your choices will be.
7. Will I Receive a Detailed Contract?
Too many people simply make the mistake of accepting hand written notes and even verbal contracts before the big event. Then they are slammed with charges afterwards that they were not prepared for. Be sure your photographer is willing to provide you a detailed contract that itemizes all the products and services they will be charging you for. The contract should also cover hours of coverage, turn-around time, and payment terms. Keep a copy for yourself as part of your overall records.
8. Are Images Going to Be Color Corrected?
Most photographers shoot in RAW format, providing full control of color correction after the event. These color correcting services must be included as part of your overall photography package.
9. What if the Quince Party Runs Later Than Expected?
What happens when the fun times run longer than you originally anticipated? Be sure that you know in advance if the photographer will stay on site and continue taking pictures even if the event runs late. What is their policy concerning issues of this type? Knowing beforehand will ensure you get those special pictures late into the night that you otherwise may have missed.
10. When Can I See the Proofs, Pictures, and Album?
Be sure that you ask the photographer how long it will take before you can see all those pictures. If you are purchasing keepsakes and albums, inquire about how long it will take to deliver these items.