Hiring the perfect wedding photographer is one of the most crucial wedding planning tasks: you want someone who can capture all the wonderful memories made on this special occasion. Consequently, it is important that you ask the right questions to ensure your photographer is a good fit for your wedding expectations. To help you determine what to ask your photographer, we have compiled a list of questions.
What is your preferred style of photography?
You want to ensure that the photographer’s style matches yours. Styles range from traditional, artistic, utilizing natural light, photojournalism, illustrative, and so on. You should also ask to see samples to have a better understanding of his or her style.
How many weddings have you shot in your career?
This is crucial because, while they may have twenty years experience as a photographer, this could be their first wedding. You want to ensure your photographer has practice working at weddings.
Will you shoot another wedding the same day as mine?
It is better to be the only client your photographer has the day of your wedding. This way you can avoid any time conflicts or any other issues that could arise from an overbooked schedule.
Have you every shot at my venue?
You want your photographer to be familiar with the environment that he or she will be working in. If they have not seen your venue before, you can request them to visit it prior to the wedding.
Do you bring your own lighting?
The answer to this question should be a definite “yes.” Otherwise, you should inquire why they do not and start considering other options.
Can I request certain images to be taken at the wedding?
You want to make sure your photographer caters to your wishes rather than fulfilling their own desires. Your memories should be captured the way you envision!
How many hours are included in the package?
This is important to ask because a photographer typically requires two hours prior to the wedding to set up his or her equipment. If their time frame is too short, then inquire how much additional hours will cost.
Do you bring a second shooter?
Hopefully their answer will be yes because there will be so many wonderful moments to capture at your wedding that you want to ensure none of them are missed.
What will you and your second shooter wear?
Although this may seem superficial, you want to ensure your photographers blend in seamlessly and do not distract from your wedding.
How many images can I expect to see from my wedding?
On average, photographers take between 1,200 and 1,500 pictures at a wedding. However, many of these images are edited down, so you should see between 150 to 400 high quality pictures.
Do you limit the amount of images you edit?
The answer to this question should certainly be “no.”
How long does it take to see the proofs from my wedding?
You want to ensure that your proofs will arrive in a timely manner so that you do not wait an excessive amount of time to appreciate all the wonderful memories.
How much are prints?
Since you will likely want a few of your best pictures framed, it is best to ask this upfront so you are aware of whether or not it is within your budget.
Will you use my images in advertising?
This is particularly important if you feel uncomfortable with having pictures of your wedding posted publicly or on social media sites.
What is your cancellation policy?
It is best to ask this in case there are any last minute changes in your wedding.
When is the final balance due?
This is useful to ask because you will likely have a large focus on your finances as you hire all the vendors for your wedding. Besides, you do not want to be stuck with any late fees.
What is the plan if there is an emergency and you cannot shoot at my wedding?
Ask this question to give yourself some peace of mind in the unlikely event that an incident arises.