13 Important Questions You May Want to Ask Your Wedding Photographer
Once you have a list of potential wedding photographers, you’ll want to address the finer details so that you can make your decision. Along with feeling at ease with your wedding photographer, there are also some key questions thatyou should get the answers to if you want to be sure that they’re the right fit.
- What is your wedding photography style? Most photographers specialize in more than one wedding photography style simply because a wedding requires different types of shots. Decide what types of photos are most important to you and find out whether your photographer will be able to deliver.
- How many weddings do you usually shoot in a year? You’re only going to get one chance to take these photos, so obviously you need to make sure that your photographer knows what s/he is doing.
- What is included in your packages? This is particularly important if you’re still comparingcosts of different packages between photographers. Find out exactly what each package includes before you make a final decision. Some may include prints, an engagement shoot as well as a certain number of hours, others may not. Always find out how many hours are included and if it meets your needs.
- Will you be our photographer on the day? You’re hiring your photographer based on theirstyle and experience, so find out whether they will be the one shooting your wedding. Youshould also find out whether there is a backup plan in the event that they get ill or can’tmake your wedding.
- Will you have an assistant? Most wedding photographers do include an assistant in their packages but it doesn’t hurt to ask. Some photographers may ask for an additional fee if youwant a second shooter on the day.
- When will we get to see our photos? To keep your expectations realistic, it’s important toknow how long you can expect to wait before you see your photos.
- How will you work with our videographer? If you will also be hiring a videographer, find out how your photographer plans to coordinate with them.
- Have you worked at our venue before? If your photographer hasn’t worked at your venuebefore, you may need to make them aware of any space or lighting issues they might need to take into consideration on the day.
- Will you be using a shot list? If there are very specific photos that you want to get, find out whether your photographer would be willing to use your list on the day. You do still want to give them enough freedom though, so don’t include too many shots on the list.
- What paper will our photos be printed on? If you will be printing your photos, make sure that they will be printed on acid-free, archival quality paper as this will last the longest. There are also different finishes of photographic paper, so ask to see samples.
- Will we be able to share our photos online? Find out whether there are any restrictions for sharing your photos online or on certain platforms.
- Will you bring your own lighting? If your venue does require additional lighting, find out whether your photographer will bring their own or if you will need to pay for additional equipment.
- What do you wear to weddings? Photographers dress professionally for their events anyway but if you are concerned that your photographer may not blend in with the rest of the guests, you may want to discuss your dress code with them.