Checklist Before Engaging a Photographer / Videographer

Engaging a photographer and/or videographer for your wedding is one of the most important parts of your wedding planning. Stills and films are the only tangible memories- things that can preserve the stories of your big and something for you to enjoy afterwards, so you may want to engage someone who can immortalise the day best.

We understand that looking for the right photographer or videographer can be overwhelming, especially with other preparations that you need to go through before your wedding day. You may not know what to look for, and therefore we have listed several things that you should take note of before engaging a photographer or videographer.

1 – Browse their portfolios

Every photographer has their own aesthetic style, so please take your time to look through their portfolios to see if their photography style is in line with what you want to achieve.
For instance, we specialise in timeless, light-filled imagery. We make it a point to document you as you are in your comfortable state. We work on the colours of our images, and we process them in black and white according to our artistic judgement. We are not retouchers, therefore we do not overdo skin or body parts enhancements.

2 – Check on their availability and lead time for return

Do check with them regarding their availability on the day of your wedding/event. Some dates are popular and we suggest you to send an enquiry few months prior your wedding/event. For engagement/prewedding, maternity and family sessions, it is also important to check how long will they need to deliver your images/videos, as this will give you an idea on when you should do the shoot.
If you are looking to engage a videographer and would like to do a Same Day Edit (SDE) highlight, please check with them how long do they need to get your video ready so you can see if it works with your timeline.
Here at Smittenpixels Co., the lead time for the return would be approximately 8 weeks for photos and 12 weeks for videos. For SDE, we need around 2-3 hours to get your video ready.

3 – Check on their package inclusions

You need to be clear on what is included in their packages (for example: how long is the session, how many images/videos will you get, etc.). You have to check if there are any add-ons to take note of, just in case your event runs late or if you need a secondary photographer/videographer.
We at don’t cap the amount of images to be returned to our clients. Everyone is unique, and the event of the day unfolds differently, so the amount of images may vary. An approximate gauge would be 30-40 images per hour. We also would like you to understand that we don’t return unedited images as we only want you to receive the best works from us. Do trust us that we will do our best to return as many images as we can to you.
We also included prints in our photography packages (unless stated otherwise), as we believe in tangible memories and we would like you to be able to have a traditional form of media to preserve your moments.
For videography, you will receive a final edit of your engagement or actual day wedding.

4 – Be clear on how to confirm your booking

As every photographer has different Terms & Conditions on how to go about your booking, please make sure that you understand their T&Cs before confirming your booking.
If you are keen to engage us, a 50% non-refundable deposit will be required to reserve your date.
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