Top 5 Questions and Answers from Professional Columbus Wedding Photographer Doug Melvin

Devoted Columbus hosts Wedding Chat Wednesdays with Wine and Wedding Planners and had the honor of hosting professional wedding photographer Doug Melvin.  Here are some of the top questions we asked!

1. What are some misconceptions when it comes to hiring a photographer?
The first misconception is that wedding photography is easy.  It’s really not.  When we talk to a client the first thing we want to know is the dynamics of the day, we want to know what they are thinking and we are careful not to overwhelm someone that is first starting out.  Photography is not a hobby which is another misconception sometimes people think.  We spend a lot of time learning the craft and it is a true art.

2. What are the benefits of hiring a professional wedding photographer?
They have a great conception of the wedding day and they have a great conception of time.  They work hand in hand with the planner to make a great wedding day.  Time goes by quick so a professional photographer understands the different aspects of the wedding.  They also understand people.  When it comes to certain things that need done, when you pay for a photographer, they can say ‘hey, you guys need to get over there so we can get these photos done.’  It can get out of hand quickly if you don’t get out in front of it.  There are also different photo styles.  If they are not that experienced the quality of your photos are going to be affected.  A wedding photographer has two roles at a wedding.  They participate and they observe.  A professional is able to do both.

3. About how long after the event are proofs ready or if couples order an album how long does that typically take?
It all depends on the time of year.  During the wedding season we hit the peak, doing 30 or 40 weddings in a month, turn around time will be anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks.  Ordering products like albums or prints and depending on the type of editing we need to do that could go up to 10 to 12 weeks.  One of the other big questions is how many images do we get.  Depending on the size of the wedding and the amount of time we are there it could be anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 images.  

4. How do you handle the guests that think they are photographers?
The big thing is I normally go up to them and talk to them.  I try to be polite as possible if I have a few that are being difficult or in the way.  Sometimes we get the Father of the Bride invovled to let them know that they have paid for us to be here and that they can relax.  We just confront them a little bit, be nice, kill them with kindness and get them to let us do our job.  

5. Where are some secret places couples go in Columbus to get some of those great shots?
If you are having your wedding at a church then moving to a reception you are going to have that time to stop someplace.  We leave it up to the couple on what kind of environment they would want to go to.  We give them suggestions if they want a city scape, like for example the downtown Columbus skyline is beautiful.  At one point we actually put 60 people on a bus and bused everybody down and did pictures at a nice city park and went on top of a tall building, the chase building.  We had the conncetions to make that happen.  
Some other great locations include: Topiary Garden, Ohio State House, Roof on Chase building, Goodale Park, Northbank Park, Franklin Park Conservatory, Book Loft in German Village, Hayden Falls, Town Street Clock, Innis Woods Metro Gardens, Scioto Mile, Homestead Park, Dawes Arboretum, Ohio State University, Park of Roses, Creekside, and New Bridge in Dublin.

Check out the full Wedding Chat Wednesday with Wine and Wedding Planners video on our Facebook Page.

All photos from this blog post were taken by Doug Melvin Photography

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