Clients Questions

1- What is your approach towards making a wedding film?

When we say we have a modern approach towards weddings we seriously mean it. Our videos are not based on trends but content and visuals. We strongly believe in cinema and we want to present a wedding in a refreshing and unique style while still keeping the essence of emotions in place.

2- Ours is not a grand affair, is it still possible to get you on board ?

We do not label ourself as a luxury wedding film company, we are a bunch of passionate film makers who yearn for great stories. Let us know your story and we will create a custom package for you.

3- Do you travel ?

Yes we do travel all across the world.

4- What are the deliverables ?

A 5 minute cinematic trailer and a 25-30 minute cinematic highlight film are our main deliverables. Along with that we give separate full videos for performances/interviews etc

5- When can we expect the delivery ?

Editing a film is a creative process and we take it very very seriously. Each film goes through a series of iterations till we reach a point where we can proudly say " this is our best work till date". It usually takes us 3-4 months to deliver your complete film based on our work schedule.

6- Are you ok if we hire additional videographers?

No we are not. We try to keep our compositions clean by avoiding distractions and people carrying cameras are a distraction (including our own team members) . We work very closely within our team to ensure we do not obstruct each other's frames and for this very reason we work in exclusivity.

7- How big is your team ?

The size of the team is decided based on individual requirements. A team of three is good enough to capture a wedding in its entirety but we can also get a team of 10 if needed.

8- My wedding is next year, is it too early to enquire?

Since we take up very limited weddings each year we are usually booked 8-9 months in advance.

9- What are your payment terms ?

We take 50% of the total booking amount at the time of booking , the remaining balance is due on the first day of coverage.

HDRI Questions

1- What is the emotion, feeling or vibe you want to portray in these images? Is it fun, playful, mysterious, cute, serious etc...?

This is probably the most important question you will ask. Sometimes clients have given me a visual of what they want and then the emotion behind it and they conflict. It is your job to take the emotion and interpret it. 

2- What is the main purpose for choosing me as a photographer? What do you like about my images?

You need to know why they chose you. Is it because of your lighting, the feel of the images, the models you use, your photoshop work, your concepts, colors, energy?? I ask this so that I know what to focus on while creating an image for them. Maybe they just picked you because they like the bright orange color you use. What if you create a dark image for them?? It's all about getting into the mind of the client and making sure they are completely happy with the end result.

3- What do you want to stay away from? Are there any cliches in your industry or things you are sick of seeing?

In most cases you are not going to be super familiar with the industry you are shooting for. Once I shot a campaign using only white males in the image without thinking. After the image was created the company asked why I didn't add in a more diverse group of people. Where are all the women, africans, muslims, asians etc... oops. I was so involved in the concept that I wasn't paying attention. I could have resolved that by just asking the right questions at the beginning. Luckily I had shot a diverse group so I just replaced some of the people.

4- What is your current demographic? What type of demographic are you trying to attract?

Maybe they have been attracting a 50+ demographic for the past 100 years and now are trying to get to millennials. Did you know that before you started shooting?? 

5- What do you like about the reference images you sent me?

Once again it's about interpreting what they ACTUALLY mean. Let's say they send you a reference image of a girl dressed in red with red lipstick, snow in the background and a horse by her side. (BTW this actually happened to me the other day). Before I got on a phone call with the client to ask all the questions I decided to do some concepting on my own. I assumed the client wanted an animal in the image because the horse was so prevalent in the one they sent. I concepted 5 or so images with animals in them. When I got on the call with the client the first question I asked was "I assumed you wanted an animal in the image. Is that correct?" I was talking to the management team and they said..."NO...our artist hates animals in pictures! Don't put any animals in there anywhere." Haha wow my bad. Did the client send the reference shot because they liked the red dress, red lipstick, background, snow or horse?? That's why you need to ask. 

6- What are the things you HAVE to have in the images?

This goes along with the last question (#5) 

7- How much TOTAL time will the client have for makeup, hair and photo shoot?

ASK please. Don't assume. I was shooting a high end client in Vegas and hadn't asked how much time they had. I knew it was short but when he arrived him and his team seemed to be in a mad rush and I had only 14 minutes to shoot for two composites. 

8- How many people will be on set from your team?

Just so you don't crap yourself when they bring 30 people and you get stage fright. 

9- How many images do you need? Can you explain each image that you want?

Another important one which might sound obvious but I somehow have skipped this a bunch in the past. The client thought I could pop out 10 composites in a few hours and me assuming they knew how hard compositing was thought they meant 2. Also by getting specific about each image it will set good expectations for final delivery. I bring this up multiple times in emails, estimates, contracts and invoices. 

10- When is the soft deadline and when is the hard deadline?

-They always tell you the soft deadline and make it sound like the hard deadline. Get the actual dates.

11- What is your budget?

Evaluating your client’s budget for your wedding photography services is essential. Even though you may think it is awkward to ask, it is essential that you know this since the budget will indicate to you whether or not you can take up the project or not. There is a whole range of factors that should be considered when evaluating your budget, and the price you set for your wedding photography package – one of which specifically includes the services that you are actually providing, and how big the event is.

12- How many guests are invited to the wedding?

Knowing a rough number of guests that are expected to attend the wedding will help you to plan how you will approach photographing the event. It may also help you determine whether or not you need a second photographer or not.In some cases, knowing the number of guests that are attending the venue will also help you determine the price that you wish to set for your services as it can significantly change the difficulty of the work that you carry out and your costs.For large weddings, an assistant might be of great use to you. One way of finding an assistant would be to strike a deal with another wedding photographer to become your second photographer, and that you become their second photographer at a wedding for one of their clients to return the favor.

13- What do you expect from your wedding photographer?

Every couple will have varying expectations – so you’ll find that the answer to this question will vary greatly from client to client. Asking such a vague question can be helpful as you may find that they simply talk about wanting good quality photos, recommendations, and more. This open-ended question will allow them to explore their requirements in-front of you.

14- Do you have a list of certain poses and photographs that you specifically want to capture?

Some couples will have seen the wedding photographs from one of their friends, or from a famous wedding online and may want to recreate a similar photo for their own wedding. It might help you if you make a checklist of all the poses, angles and moments that they specifically want to capture so you can make sure that you’re ready for them.

15- Would you like to take some photographs prior to or after the wedding?

The time that you’re able to spend with the couple before the wedding will not only help break the ice but also understand how they handle themselves in front of a camera so you can better manage yourself (and them) on the day of the actual wedding.

16- Will there be someone apart from the bride or groom at the wedding that will help me arrange things?

Unless you’re photographing the wedding of a family member then it is almost certainly going to put you in some awkward situations when you are trying to get the attention of a group of people but they can’t seem to hear you. A member of the family, which isn’t as stressed as the bride or groom themselves, that can help you manage and set up the group photos, give you guidelines at certain moments and more is going to be invaluable in ensuring you can capture the best possible photographs.

17- Do you agree to the wedding photography contract?

Signing a contract with the couple is important as it will cover all of the details like budget, number of poses, total group photos and more. This is the time to ask the couple whether or not they agree to sign the contract or not. Once signed, both parties (you and your client) will need to follow the guidelines/legal agreement to ensure that you have a great time.

18- How did you meet?

Apart from evaluating your client’s requirements, it is also helpful to try your best to get and know your clients in the little contact time that you will actually be able to spend with them. Try and have as much open discussion about each other as possible so that you gain insight into the possibility of working together. An example of this could be to ask them where they met.