If you are recently engaged, congratulations and welcome to the world of wedding planning! As you search for photographers, there may be some terminology you are hearing for the first time. After all, for most of you it's likely the first time you are ever hiring a photographer. I’m here to help! Here’s a list of a few important terms you’ll want to understand before booking your wedding photographer. If you'd like to take a peek at our complete list, subscribe to our emails here.
Wedding Photography as a Foreign Language
by: Artistrie Co.
Wedding Day Coverage - This is the amount of hours you’ll have your photographer during the day of your wedding. It’s important to understand how many hours are included with your package and what options are available in terms of adding on additional time. Think about the flow of your day and the moments that will be most important to you. Here are some questions to ask yourself: Is everything taking place at one location? Will you be traveling for portraits? Do you have a wide gap between your ceremony and reception? Are you doing a sparkler send off at the end of the night? Discuss all of these things with your photographer. They will help you understand how many hours of coverage you will likely need. For most of my Artistrie Co. couples, 10 hours seems to be the most common number of coverage hours and typically captures everything from the getting ready process, to the ceremony, to the celebration at your reception.
2nd Photographer - Having a 2nd photographer included in your photography package means that you will have dual coverage throughout the day. For couples who prioritize candid moments, a 2nd photographer is usually a must. Often times the 2nd photographer is there to capture different angles of the day’s events in order to create a diverse collection of your wedding memories. A 2nd photographer can also available to shoot events of the day that are happening at the same time in different places. For instance, when I’m with the bride while she’s getting ready with the girls, I have my 2nd photographer meet the groom and groomsmen to capture coverage there.
Digital Negatives - After all of the editing, your photos become JPG files that are used for printing and sharing. These are essentially digital negatives. Some photographers include these in the package, which gives you the ability to do what you’d like with your photos for personal use after the wedding. Other photographers do not include these files, which means you have to order all prints and products through them.
High Resolution Files - Files of the highest quality that can be used for printing.
Web Resolution Files - Lower quality files that are intended to be used for sharing online.
Watermark - A watermark is a logo or studio name placed on top of the image. If your files are watermarked, they cannot be printed in a drugstore lab. Prints must be purchased through your photographer.
Professional Quality Prints - Most photographers will have professional quality prints available for purchase through the galleries where your wedding photos are hosted. You might be asking “What is the difference between a professional printing lab and a drug store printing lab?” The difference is HUGE. A professional printing lab, generally only accessible to professional photographers, takes the time to ensure that each print is true to the exact colors, tone, and contrast of the original file from your photographer. A drug store printing lab does not do this, which causes the colors and quality of your photographs to look significantly different than the original file.
Wedding Albums & Books - After the wedding, how to you imagine yourself enjoying all of your beautiful pictures? Do you want to look at them on a computer screen? Or do you want to enjoy them in your own hands? Wedding albums hold all of your favorite photographs in one place. They can be designed in a way to recreate your story so you can relive those magical moments with every turn of the page. Not all wedding albums are the same, so be sure to see some physical samples when meeting with wedding photographers. Wedding albums are passed down generation-to-generation, so purchasing a book you love will be worthy of the investment.