After countless hours of research, a gazillion emails and a spreadsheet or two, Trevor and I finally narrowed down our list of twenty potential wedding photographers down to one! Here’s a few things we learned along the way:
- Most photographers offer packages that are based on many factors: amount of hours on-site; off-site storage; album included; amount of images supplied; extra photographer, etc. In my experience, I found the photographers that were less strict about matching dollar amounts for tasks done more accommodating. Yes, it’s important for the photographer to be paid fairly for the amount of work required. Still, I didn’t want to commit to a package with a specific amount of time and be worried about having to pay for overtime on the day of my wedding.
- Email and phone correspondence is great for settling specifics, but try to meet the potential candidates in person. After all, they will be following you around documenting one of the most special days of your life, during some of your most intimate moments. You’ll want to feel comfortable around them.
- Off-season discounts don’t always apply, but it never hurts to ask!
- Be very specific about your expectations. You don’t want to look through your wedding album and realize that you never got a picture of your Grandmother. At the same time, don’t be so rigid that the photographer doesn’t have the opportunity to play and create. That’s part of their job after all.
- Beware of wedding album sticker shock. Sure, you could whip up your own photobook for less than $50, but it certainly won’t match the quality of materials and narrative that professional photographer can provide. Also remember that you’re not only paying for the materials, you’re paying for the many hours it takes to assemble it. That being said, don’t break the bank for something you don’t want. If the album is not important to you, or you’d rather take it on yourself, ask if you can reduce the package price with that in mind.
- Make sure you get a clear and detailed contract. At the end of the day, this is a business arrangement and both parties should protect themselves. If there’s something you don’t understand or want to change, for heaven’s sake, ask! I also found that many photographers we spoke to were flexible regarding the deposit amount and payment schedule, which can be very helpful for your cash flow.
Here are some Ottawa photographers we found interesting:
Boot and Canoe Photography: We met Peter and Victoria at a local wedding show and got along with them straight away. They strive to capture authentic moments saturated with raw emotion.
Rubicon Photography: Ryan and Laine are a delightful couple. We met them via Skype chat when they were in Vancouver shooting a wedding. Their style is elegant and timeless, photographing weddings with real moments in mind.
You can find more information about our wedding photographer Christian Lee at ChristianLee.ca and in the video below!