Questions to Ask a Wedding Photographer

Questions to Ask a Wedding Photographer

From the florist to the caterer, the wedding photographer provides the one aspect of your wedding that you will remember forever: your wedding photos. Interviewing potential photographers and inquiring about their approach, experience, and pricing will assist you in selecting the right person for your big day.


13 Questions to Ask a Wedding Photographer

As part of your wedding planning, ask photographers important questions to help narrow down your options for capturing your wedding ceremony and reception. As a starting point, consider the following questions:

1. Can you shoot on our wedding day? Check your potential photographer's availability on your wedding day before asking any further questions. If they can't shoot on your preferred date, this first question will save you time and allow you to move on.

2. Who will be in attendance on the big day? Mindy Weiss, a wedding planner, always asks, "Is the person you're interviewing going to be the person at your wedding?" There are groups. There are businesses. You want to make sure you know who will be at your wedding and who will be the photographer on that day." Interviewing a company representative will not help you unless that person is present on your wedding day.

3. How would you describe your wedding photography style? "There are many different kinds of photographers," Mindy explains. "There's traditional, documentary, and completely candid." So you really need to know which way they're going." Continue looking for the right working style match if they shoot serious, formal photos and you want whimsical, fun, improvisational images. Though most modern photographers shoot digitally, you should ask if they also shoot on film.

4. May we see the entire wedding gallery? "It's critical that you request to see an entire completed album to ensure that they tell the story from beginning to end," Mindy advises. "How do they plan it?" If you're not going to order an album, it's important to see the series, even if it's only online, of how they tell the story." In order to get a sense of what to expect on your wedding day, request to see the photographer's previous work. A complete wedding gallery includes a comprehensive shot list that includes the pre-wedding, ceremony, and all reception elements such as the first dance and cake cutting.

5. Have you ever captured a wedding similar to ours? If a photographer has photographed a wedding with a couple that resembles you, in a setting like yours, and at the appropriate time of day, you may like their style. Make sure the photographer provides examples of images of a couple with skin tones similar to your own, advises Mindy. "Whether it was daytime or night time, it was crucial to demonstrate the lighting and various facets of the day. additionally to view examples of the finalized images.

6. Can you provide references? "Ask your photographer if you can email or chat with past clients to get a referral," Mindy adds. "Don't forget to Google that photographer as well to see if there are any comments that you haven't heard about."

7. Have you collaborated with any of our other wedding vendors? It may be advantageous if your prospective photographer is acquainted with your other wedding vendors, particularly your videographer. If they get along, they might be able to work together to capture your event well. "They don't have to have previously worked together, but they do have to respect one another," Mindy says. "It's not a good idea for them to meet on the wedding day."

8. What if a natural disaster strikes? In case of a problem on your wedding day, ask your photographer about their backup plan. As part of their process, they may, for example, bring backup equipment such as an additional camera, flash, and digital memory options.

9. What do your wedding packages include? Many wedding photographers provide a variety of pricing options for various tiered packages. They may charge extra for destination weddings (as a travel fee), a second photographer, engagement photos, or rehearsal dinner photos. Depending on your financial situation, you may want to inquire if they accept payment in installments.

10. Can we request specific shots or setups? If you and your partner want a specific type of shot, such as an on-location recreation of your engagement, make sure to ask photographers whether they will allow it or charge an extra fee. "Most photographers have a shot list," Mindy says, "so you can check off what is important to you." "Don't forget about the classic shots." Don't think you're so cool that you don't need a photo of you and Grandma—traditional photos last forever."

11. When and how will we receive our photos? Inquire with your prospective photographer about how soon after your wedding day they will send your photos and how they will be delivered. For instance, whether the photographer will edit down to a select group first, whether the images will be high-resolution and include retouching, and whether you will be given a first look as the photographer edits them. Inquire whether they will include custom prints or albums if desired.

12. How will we finalize our hiring? Once you've decided on a wedding photographer, find out what they need to close the deal. Giving them a deposit, signing a contract, reviewing cancellation policies, and understanding liability insurance are all examples of this.

13. Consider whether or not you like them. Your final question should be addressed to both yourself and your partner. On your big day, you'll spend a lot of time with the photographer. Consider whether you like their personality, communication style, and whether you'd like to spend the day with them. "The photographer-to-self relationship is extremely important," Mindy says. "Make an effort to meet, even if only virtually, to see if there is a connection."


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