Effective Wedding Preparations (2)

Questions to Ask About Your Korean Wedding Photography Package

When choosing a Korean pre-wedding photographer, it’s important that you pay close attention to the wedding photography packages that they’re offering. Apart from assessing their skills, knowing the types of services they’re offering gives you an idea as to what kind of services you’ll be able to get with your budget. To make this task a bit easier for you, we’ve rounded up all the important questions you should be asking about your wedding photography package.


  1. How many hours will the photographer spend at my wedding?

One of the important details that your Korean wedding package should include is the number of hours that your photographer will spend at your wedding. It should clearly specify if the time will be spent from the run up to the ceremony, at the ceremony itself, or just at the reception.

Also check if your package includes a list of specific photographs that will included, such as the exact number of group photos, a photo of the cake cutting ceremony, a shot during the exchange of rings and so on. Aside from that, your photoshoot package should also specify the number of people who’ll be attending to your photography needs; some bridal studio that offer photography services include one photographer and an assistant, while others have two photographers.

  1. What are the style photographs included in the package?

When choosing your wedding photography package, you should also know the style of photos that will be included in it. Will your photographer take more formal posed shots, or will he apply a reportage style to capture the spontaneous moments of your wedding as they occur? Will there be a range of good media like sepia, or black and white, as well as coloured photos?

  1. What kind of lighting or equipment will be used for the photoshoot?

Apart from the style photographs, your Korean wedding package should also include the type of cameras that’ll be used on the day. If you’re not that familiar with such equipment, try doing a little research online or asking a friend who’s more knowledgeable about cameras and photography.

If you’re planning on having an evening event or a garden wedding, your photographer may need to use special lightings or shades, and that should also be mentioned on your Korean pre-wedding photographer package. Lastly, the package should also specify details as to how your photographs will be edited – will it be given more intense colour or will it be digitally altered?


  1. What are the products included in the photography package?

With the wide range of photography products offered and included in photography packages, it’s important that you choose the package that has the product that you want. Do you want a coffee table style book or do you want your printed photos displayed in a mounted album? Do you want a magazine style product to serve as a wedding token to your parent and guests?

Keep in mind that some photography packages include a specific number of professional prints that can be framed and mounted depending on what you want. Different printing styles such as canvas prints and prints enhanced to make the photo look like a painting are also offered, depending on the package that you choose. Most packages also include digital formats of your photos, so that you’ll be able to print them whenever and wherever you want. Knowing the products your package offers helps you know what outputs you’ll get from your photography package.

  1. Are there extra costs in the package?

Another important thing to do when choosing your wedding photography package is to ask for a list of all the potential extra costs included in the package. Check on how much your photographer will charge you for extra photo prints and albums, as well as for hiring a second photographer in case these details aren’t stated in the package. Also, check whether they’ll be charging for the travel costs to your wedding venue. Knowing all the hidden costs of a package can tell you more about it, and help you decide whether or not it’s worth taking that particular package.

  1. Do I get a refund in case my photographer failed to do his job?

Will I be able to get a refund if my photographer failed to make it on time on my wedding day? Definitely. Do I get a refund if I don’t get all the photos that I wanted? Nope. Can I get a refund in case my photographer loses all the copies of our photos? Absolutely. See the pattern? If forces beyond your photographer’s control contribute to a lack of photos, you won’t be given any refund. But if you’ve missed out on photos due to circumstances which your photographer is responsible, then you have every right to ask for a refund.

This is a two-way street though, because if you decided to cancel your wedding for any reason, your photographer gets to keep your retainer, which is somewhere 25 to 50 percent of your total bill and due upon signing up with the bridal boutique or photography studio.

Being informed about what your chose Korean wedding photography package can offer is a great way to tailor that particular package according to your needs. Apart from that, knowing all these pros and cons of that package gives you an idea whether or not that package is worth the costs you’ll be paying.


12 Tips to Finding the Right Korean Wedding Photographer

Planning a wedding is stressful enough, but what’s more challenging is finding a skilled Korean pre-wedding photographer who’ll direct your Korean wedding shoot and capture all the best moments of your wedding. No need to worry though, since we’ve listed down the best tips on how you can actually find and work with one to achieve fabulous-looking wedding photos.


  1. Do Your Research Early On. Start doing some research on your potential photographer about a year before your actual wedding day by browsing through various wedding site or blogs, and asking a number of newlyweds for some good recommendations. Look at some highlight galleries of weddings for each Korean pre-wedding photographer to get a good sense of their photography style and quality. Once you’ve decided on a certain photographer, ask if you can see his full wedding gallery to decide whether or not he’s the photographer you really want to work with.


  1. Assess the Photographer’s Style and Skills. While reviewing your potential photographer’s photos, consider looking into some key moments that you want to be captured at your own wedding. Was he able to get shots that you like? Also, look for thoughtful compositions where the people looked relax and not spooked out by the camera.


  1. Schedule a Meeting. You can’t and shouldn’t asses a photographer based on looks alone. Once you’re done short-listing those whose works you liked – and have determined that they’re on your price range – try setting up a video-chat or a personal meeting. You should feel comfortable working with this person as he’ll be shadowing each of your move during your wedding day, while also interacting with your guests.


  1. Compare Packages. Another great way to decide on which photographer to hire is to compare their packages. Just like how you evaluated your bridal boutique package, ask the person about the services that are included in his standard package, along with all the additional fees. Find out the number of shooting hours included, since most Korean wedding photography packages include about eight shooting hours to cover everything from your preparation time to the end of your reception.


  1. Decide on the Number of Your Shooter(s). Most bridal studios that offer photography services in Singapore often have more than one photographer on their staff, and depending on the contract you signed, their lead photographer might not be the one shooting your wedding day. Each professional has their own technique and style, so make sure that the photographer you interviewed will be the one who shoots your wedding. Also, most top-notch pros often have a second shooter included in their Korean wedding package so that one can shoot the formal photos, while the other work on capturing the cocktail hour.


  1. Check for References. Although reading some online reviews are great, speaking to a previous client is actually better when you’ve finally decided to hire a photographer. Ask the couple whether the person got the shots that they wanted, and if they were happy and satisfied with the services provided by that particular photographer.


  1. Sign Your Contract. Once you’re done choosing your photographer, sign a contract that has everything explained – from the exact date of your wedding, the hours they’ll be covering for the post-production work, and how you’ll receive their final product. Ensure that all of the important details are clearly stated on your contract, and that your photographer agrees to it and signs it.


  1. Schedule Your Engagement Shoot. Having a pre-wedding shoot kills two birds with one stone. Not only is it a great opportunity to warm up to your photographer, you’ll also be able to give him some feedback about the shots that you liked and didn’t like before your wedding day.


  1. Create a Shot List. One good way to make the most out of your wedding day shoot is to create a list of shots you want to be taken and inform your photographer about those shots. State whether you want to have shots set in black and white, and don’t forget to mention décor items that you really want to be captured. Also, attach some sample photos of yourself that you think you look amazing in so that he’ll know how you’d want to look on your wedding day photos.


  1. Set a Realistic Schedule. During your wedding day, everything will take much time than you think, from simply getting your hair done to getting dressed. Apart from that, there’s a big chance that mishaps will also happen – from going through the terrible traffic to misplacing your vows – so do set a strict wedding day schedule that’ll leave your photographer with some extra time to deal with these mishaps without cutting on your photography session.


  1. Take First-Look Photos Beforehand. Don’t want to miss even a minute of your cocktail hour? Then have your portrait photos takes before the wedding ceremony. An added bonus: You won’t feel nervous walking down the aisle, and your hair and makeup are still perfectly fresh for the photos.


  1. Enjoy the Day. As much as possible, avoid sweating out the small stuff and just enjoy your wedding day. Let your photographer keep you on schedule, frame some good shots and decide what will look best on your shot. Also, keep yourself from always looking for the camera. Just enjoy the moment and let it capture you laughing with your friends or quietly chatting with your new spouse. Remember, it’s the photographer’s job to worry about capturing those amazing moments.

Hiring the right wedding photographer is definitely one of the most mind-boggling tasks in planning a wedding. But by following the aforementioned tips, you’ll definitely be able to find the photographer that can answer and deliver all of your wedding photography needs.