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Questions to Ask Your Event Photographer

When planning your next event keep in mind how crucial it is to book an experienced event photographer. Most clients we work with always tell us that a reliable photographer is very important to their event day because they want to make sure that all key moments are captured. When you have spent months, sometimes over a year, planning for a one-day celebration your photographer ensures that every last detail is captured so that you can look back at what was achieved.

Courtesy of Tiffany McMillin Photography

Courtesy of Tiffany McMillin Photography

Below are five questions we like to ask photographers when we first meet with them.

1. Can you share your portfolio for review? Make sure you get a sense of their abilities for varied shots which should include; décor shots, posed shots, and action shots. If you are hosting a corporate event it’s important that the photographer understand the importance of capturing sponsorship opportunities. Always provide your photographer with your ‘desired shot list’.

Courtesy of Tiffany McMillin Photography

Courtesy of Tiffany McMillin Photography

2. How many hours are included in your package? Make sure to clarify what time they will start and end so that you can structure important photos within these time frames. If you are planning a wedding a great photographer will practically become part of the bridal party, moving with you from each location to capture the story that is being told throughout the day. Make sure that you get along with their personality as well as the personality of their staff because you will end up spending many hours with them.

3. Does your package include one photographer or two? Depending on the size of your guest list a second photographer can make a great difference. This applies to both corporate events as well as weddings. You want to ensure that there is one photographer to capture cued moments like speeches and entrances while the second shooter is available to capture action shots and event décor. When hiring a photographer for a wedding we always ask if the shooters split up to shoot the bride and groom getting ready or if they travel together from one location to the other? This will impact how the hours in your package are used.

Courtesy of Tiffany McMillin Photography

Courtesy of Tiffany McMillin Photography

4. What services does your photography package include? Ex. Editing, printing, hard cover albums, same-day edits for press etc. Ask yourself what is important to you. If you are looking to save on costs you might prefer to receive your images in digital format so that you can print the quantity that suits your needs. Make sure that editing is included in your base package. We strongly recommend discussing any needs for same-day or next day edits. If you need photos ready within 24 hours to deliver to press or to print off for thank you cards it’s important to discuss this with your photographer before you sign off on your package as an extra cost might be required for the quick turn-around time.

5. Have you ever shot in the event space (or one similar) before? Some of the best photographers in the city still haven’t shot at every venue but you want to make sure that they understand the aesthetics of your venue, having previously worked in a similar space they will be able to advise you what locations are best for lighting and shadows etc. If they haven’t shot in the space before connect them with your event planner so that they can tag along for the next site visit. This is an important question if you are planning a destination event, get a sense if the photographer has traveled with their equipment before and what extra costs are associated.

Courtesy of Tiffany McMillin Photography

Courtesy of Tiffany McMillin Photography

These are just some of the questions we like to ask photographers before signing contracts with them. As most of you know we have a great working relationship with Tiffany McMillin Photography who provided the beautiful photos in today’s post.  Contact her with your event photography inquiries. Alternatively, contact us for a list of other preferred event photographers.Happy planning!

Whitney

Launch of SHEentertains by Petite & Sweet

SHEentertains

For those of you who are still loving the thrill of summer entertaining we highly recommend checking out Elle Daftarian’s latest project – SHEentertains. It’s a digital magazine filled with detailed entertaining tips from Daftarian’s very own company: Petite & Sweet. The launch issue features party tips from Canadian it-girl and mother of 3, Jessica Mulroney. Check out the digital mag here to find out how to entertain while being a guest at your own party!

Whitney

Marsala…the Pantone Colour of 2015

Here we are nearly five months into 2015 and we are wondering if Marsala – the pantone colour of the year is still top of mind to couples planning their big day. With our events we are still seeing a lot of requests for crisp white designs and warm orange and champagne tones.

Here are our top picks for some Marsala options to incorporate into you 2015 wedding:

Goddess lip tint by Kjaer Weis

Goddess lip tint by Kjaer Weis

For the bride we recommend one of our personal favourite all natural and organic make up brands – Kjaer Weis. Opt for the ‘Goddess’ lip tint which will give you all day wear and a really rich colour that will translate to photos super well. You can find this locally at HUSK, you will love the client service there. Pair this look with a bouquet featuring deep crimson blooms to such as dahlias, spray roses, clematis, cotinus, viburnum berries, and pieris like the one shown here by Botany Floral Studio located at 626 College Street in Toronto. Absolutely gorgeous blooms!

Marasala Bridal Bouquet from Botany Floral Studio

Marsala Bridal Bouquet from Botany Floral Studio

Another option to work Marsala into your wedding design can be in the colour palettes used for the bridal party. Accents can be found in the groomsmen’s pocket squares and socks or alternatively you could opt for a gown Ritche Bridal like the one shown below for your bridesmaids.

Bridesmaid gown from Ritche Bridal

Bridesmaid gown from Ritche Bridal

Finally, opt for a bold invitation like this one from Minted that grabs the attention of your guests’ right at the beginning of the wedding planning stages. It’s rich and immediately lets your guests know the style direction you are going in.

Marsala stationary from Minted

Marsala stationary from Minted

We hope you enjoyed our picks for how to incorporate Marsala into your wedding this season.

Happy planning!

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