Questions Every Couple Should Ask Wedding Photographers Before Booking
When looking for a vendor, it is very important to interview them before signing the contract! Especially when it comes to a photographer. You are going to be spending the majority of your day with them and you want to make sure that your personalities mesh. It is best to meet in person to get a real feel for them. If for whatever reason you can’t, then video chat or a phone call will do. If you are not sure what questions to ask, we hope that the questions below will help get you started.
1) What style(s) do you specialize in?
Pro tip: There are various types of photography styles out there and you want to make sure the photographer can shoot and capture what is most important to you. For example, if you love
candid shots, you may want to choose a photographer who specializes (or has experience) in that area to get the best results.
2) Are you insured?
Pro tip: ALL professional photographers should be insured in case an accident takes places, or their equipment breaks down or even worse – stolen.
3) How long have you been in the photography industry and how many wedding have you photographed?
Pro tip: You only get married once and this is your single opportunity to get the utmost gorgeous wedding photos. You will want to choose someone who has experience photographing
weddings and not someone who just does it for a hobby.
4) What exactly is included in your packages?
Pro tip: Most photographers have a price list, so asking them to see their list will give you an understanding of what is included and the hours for each package to help determine which is best for you. Some photographers may include engagement photos in their packages; some may include prints and or albums.
It’s very important to find out if there are any additional fees associated with their packages.
5) Can I see your portfolio?
Pro tip: You want to make sure you see the variety of different shots they’ve taken throughout a wedding day and not just the best of the best that they’ve hand-picked.
6) In the case of an emergency and you can’t shoot my wedding, what will happen?
Pro tip: This is a super important question. You want to make sure that if god forbid something happens, you will have a photographer present on your wedding day.
Make sure you are comfortable with the photographer’s back-up plan.
7) How long after the wedding do we get to see the photos?
Pro tip: You should typically receive your wedding photos four to six weeks after your weddingday. However, sometimes it can take months. You will want to see your photos ASAP as the wait
can be excruciating, so knowing the answer to this question will leave no room for surprise.
8) How will I receive my wedding photos?
Pro tip: It’s great to know how you will be receiving your wedding photos. Some photographer will send them to you via Dropbox, CD, USB or an online gallery
where you can order prints or even print yourself.
9) Have you ever shot at my venue before?
Pro tip: If the answer is yes (AH-MAZING), ask to see images of the wedding they shot to make sure it aligns with your vision and style. If you had some ideas on shots that were not captured,
this will give you the chance to make the request before your wedding day.
If they haven’t shot at your venue, that’s OK too. You can always ask the photographer if they’re open to checking out your location in advance to choose some really good photo spots!
10) Do you work with a second photographer or assistant who will also be photographing my wedding?
Pro tip: Typically, there are always two photographers. One will photograph the bride and her bridesmaid getting ready and the other will photograph the groom and his groomsmen getting ready.
It also ensures that all moments are captured on your wedding day.
11) Who will edit my wedding photos?
Pro tip: It is important to know that all your wedding photos will be edited by a professional. You will also want to understand the type of editing and touch ups the photographer will do.
Now that you know the important questions to ask a wedding photographer; it’s time to find out your photography style.
This will help you in finding your perfect photographer for your wedding day!
Check out the different types of wedding photography style: Wedding Photography Styles