10 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

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So, you’ve looked at ton of wedding photographer websites, decided on the photography style that  is right for you, and contacted a few photographers whose work you love.  Congratulations!!  Now it’s time to think about some information you will need in order to make an informed decision on hiring the perfect wedding photographer for you.  It is very important to meet your photographer face to face, or at least Skype before the wedding day.  Someone could create beautiful images but make your day a nightmare. You need to get along with them as a person and make sure that their style of working and their attitude is going to match with yours.  So, here are 10 questions you should ask any wedding photographer you’re considering hiring.

Questions:

1. How long have you been photographing weddings? Everyone has to start somewhere, but you want to make sure that your wedding photographer has enough experience that you feel comfortable giving them this most important of jobs.

2. Can we see a recent full/complete wedding that you have shot?  The answer should be YES.  Some photographers will only show the best of their best work on their website/portfolio, and it is important to see how they capture the whole day.

3. Will you be our photographer on the wedding day?  If you are considering a photographer who is part of a studio or collective you need to know if the photographer you are meeting with, and who’s work you have been looking at, is actually the person who will show up on your big day.

4. Do you have an assistant and/or second shooter?  Some photographer work completely alone.  Some have an assistant to help with lights and other things.  Some have a second shooter who will be taking photos of your wedding the whole time your main photographer is.  Knowing which kind of photographer you are working with will help you understand the kind of coverage you can expect from them.  For example, if it is important to you to have documentation of the groom and groomsmen getting ready as well as the bride then you will need a second shooter.

5.  Do you shoot natural light or artificial light? Or both?  This is important because it will determine how flexible a photographer is while shooting your wedding.  Natural and artificial light have a very different look.  Photographers that primarily use artificial light will use it throughout your day, using flash during the day and night.  Natural light shooters will only use available natural light when possible, but it is important that they have the equipment and ability to shoot with artificial light if your reception or ceremony is in a dark room or church or at night.  Some photographers call themselves natural light photographers because they are unable or uncomfortable shooting with flash and other artificial light, so it is important to ask.

6.  Are you a full time or part time photographer?  This is important to know because someone who’s main job is photography will be more likely to be completely focused on you and your wedding.  They don’t have another main profession that keeps their attention away from you, and slows down the process of when you get your images.  If they work full time it also suggests they are successful enough at photography to do so.  If they do work full time as a photographer though, you will also want to make sure that they aren’t so incredibly busy and fully booked that they will not be able to focus attention and time on you and your wedding.

7. How long after the wedding will we have to wait to see our photos?  This could be anywhere for 2 weeks to 6 moths or more, so it is good to know what to expect and if getting your photographs immediately is really important it could help you with your decision.

8. What are our rights to the pictures ounce we receive them?  Photographers vary greatly on this so it is important that you are informed.

9. What is included in our package?  This should be explained either on their website or in pricing material they give you, but it is important that you completely understand specifically what happens with your images and how many and in what form you will receive.  You may be expecting to get all your digital images with the price of the photography and end up having to pay more for access to your images or not even get a digital image if you don’t buy a print version of it.

10. What is required to book you for our wedding?  The photographer should make this information very clear and available at the end of your meeting, but if they don’t, you need to know if they have a contract, a deposit to hold your date etc.

Bonus question… What will you wear to my wedding?  If you are working with a professional then they should automatically be dressed appropriately, so this isn’t really all that important of a question, but it could be good to know that if you are having a formal black tie wedding your photographer isn’t going to  show up in khakis and tennis shoes.

 

Think I might be the right photographer for you…click here to contact me, and set up a meeting so I can answer these questions and any others you might have. Or…find the answers to some of these and other questions in my Frequently Asked Questions page.