6 Things To Ask To Get The Best Quinceañera Photography

Quinceanera Photography - Birthday Girl Against Flower Wall

Most of the time, when it comes time for a young lady’s quinceañera, the extra step is taken to hire a professional photographer. Hours, days, weeks, and months are typically spent planning this special event because it only comes once in a lifetime—so most parents feel it’s necessary to make sure every moment is captured perfectly by someone who knows what they are doing.

It’s true that everyone has phones with built-in cameras these days, but when you hire an actual, professional quinceañera photographer, you can be sure that you’ll be getting beautifully-captured moments from the party you’ve worked so hard to organize. You can rest assured knowing that you will end up having photos that are more artistic than just your friends and family snapping images with their phones.

Quinceanera Photography - Birthday Girl Against Flower Wall

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When you hire a professional quinceañera photographer, you can be sure that:

  • The photographer is familiar with how to capture images at a crowded party
  • Your photos will be clear and beautifully composed
  • EVERY special moment will be captured
  • You can relax and enjoy the party instead of worrying about taking pictures yourself

However, as wonderful as a professional photographer is, there are some important things to look for, ask, know, and keep in mind before booking your quinceañera photographer. We at Platinum Banquet Hall have put together a list of these things for you.

Can We See Your Portfolio?

Before you even go to meet with a quinceañera photographer, take a look at their portfolio to make sure you like their style.

Every photographer is different, and some may not suit your personal taste. Some may shoot traditionally, while others may take more candid shots. Some like close-ups too much. Some can get a little cheesy with their editing.

This is why it’s important to look at a few events they have already shot in order to know you like their work. Make sure you not only like their work, but that he or she has plenty of good reviews from past clients.

If there are no reviews, that’s a red flag. Either no one was impressed enough to leave a review, or the photographer is so inexperienced that there’s not enough past clients to leave any. Move on if this is the case.

Do You Include A Portrait Session?

Many quinceañera photographers include a “glamor” quinceañera portrait photoshoot before the event. However, some don’t. Some only photograph the event itself, so it’s important to clear this up at the beginning.

How Long Is Your Delivery Turnaround?

After the party is over, the birthday girl is going to be very eager to see the pictures from her big event and probably share them on social media. Because she’ll be so excited, it’s important to make sure the quinceañera photographer isn’t going to take too long to deliver the photos.

Again, every photographer is different. Some work incredibly fast, and will deliver the photos within a week. But others may take up to half a year. It’s all about how long you’re willing to wait, but this is definitely a conversation to have before booking. Be sure that the contract you sign includes delivery deadlines if this is an important subject to you.

How Many Photos Will You Take?

It’s smart to ask your potential quinceañera photographer this question in the beginning, since you may have different expectations than what they’re willing to deliver.

If you’re expecting hundreds of photos and get back 30, that’s going to be an issue. Make sure you get on the same page by asking for an estimate of how many photos your photographer typically delivers.

Who Actually Edits The Photos?

This question is important for several reasons. One, if the quinceañera photographer edits their own images (most photographers do), you may be waiting for quite awhile to get them back.

You should also find out if they edit their work in order to find out if you’ll be delivered raw, untouched files or not. This is especially important if you’re not experienced with editing photos yourself, as you’ll need to hire someone else to do it.

It’s also good to ask this question to make sure you’re going to like the editing style of whoever will be working on the photos. Some professional event photographers take the photos themselves, but then hand them over to someone else to edit. The bottom line is to make sure you like whoever will be editing them.

You should also clarify whether or not the image editing is included in the up-front fee. Sometimes sneaky photographers will add it on unexpectedly, and that can become expensive.

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Do You Offer A Contract?

 Speaking of the contract, it’s extremely important that your quinceañera photographer provides one.

Any time you ever work with a photographer (or any vendor, for that matter) you absolutely must get a contract. If they get sick, have an emergency, lose or break a piece of equipment, or anything else unexpected happens, you will know you’re covered with a contract.

It should include agreements about policies, delivery deadlines, overtime fees, payment terms, rates, what happens if they can’t make it, and other details.

If the quinceañera photographer does not provide a contract, that’s a big red flag, and you should move on to someone else. A verbal agreement is not enough, and is also a huge risk.

A contract will give you peace of mind, and that is definitely something you want during quinceañera planning.

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When your daughter looks back at her quinceañera photos, she will get to re-live that incredible time again and again. These photos will show the love between herself, her family, and her guests—so the photography plays an important role.

If you’re currently in the middle of quinceañera planning and you’re looking for the perfect Los Angeles event venue to host in, consider Platinum Banquet Hall. Our space is ideal for quinceañera celebrations. If you’re interested, please check out our photo gallery, or contact us with any questions you have!