When we look at all the wedding vendors, your photographer is probably one of THE MOST important people who will work for you at your wedding. You’ll be spending almost the entire day with the photographer you choose. They will be there from the gown goes on to the last song at the end of the night. They will bear witness to all the big and little moments and deliver your perfect images in a timely manner.
Wedding photography is one of those categories where you get what you pay for. It’s important to know what questions to ask your wedding photographer so that you know they are truly a professional. This person will be responsible for documenting one of the most important days of your life, make sure you get what you want.
Here are my Top 10 Questions you should bring with you to every consult, phone call or have in the back of your mind as you look at a photographer’s website.
13 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer
1. What’s your experience level?
It’s okay if they’re newer, just know there is a quality difference in both your experience and your photos from novice to advanced experience levels. How many weddings have they shot? How long have they been in business? These are good analytical questions that have hard numbers you can ask for. There is no “magic number” but it’s good knowledge to have.
2. What’s included in my package?
Are they pre-made packages? Do you get to pick what you want? Are you stuck with something you don’t like? It’s good to know where your money is going and what control you have over.
3. What do you love about what you do?
What makes them passionate about what they do? Based on their body language and how they answer, you’ll be able to tell if this person is into what they do.
4. How would you describe your style and can i see examples?
How do they like to shoot? Documentary? Posed? Editorial? These are all buzz words that can mean a lot of different things. Ask your photographer to walk you through how they work a wedding from portraits to family formals.
5. Can I make photo requests?
Some photographers will LOVE to hear your input, others might have a strict script they stick to.
6. Can I print my photos?
Some photographers will only give you low resolution jpegs, which do not make for great prints. Make sure you know what you’re getting and if you’ll need to order your prints through your photographer etc.
7. Do you carry back up equipment?
THIS IS SO IMPORTANT! Cameras are technology. Technology fails. It happens, but if your photographer is prepared it’ll be okay. Having back up cameras, cards, flashes etc. It’s an important business investment that all photographers you work with should have.
8. How do we reserve our date?
If you’re looking for a photographer during prime booking season (typically 9-12 months from the date), you’ll want to know who gets “first dibs” on them. Will they warn you if another couple asks about your date? Make sure you know so they don’t get booked by someone else!
9. What happens if we need to change our date?
Whether it’s a family emergency, a postponement, it’s good to know if you’ll be able to keep your photographer and if your current package will be put towards that new date.
10. Can I see a contract?
If you think you’re ready to move forward with a photographer, ask to see his or her contract, read it carefully, and follow up with any additional questions you may have.
I’ve gone through and answered all these questions for you below! Check ’em out!
10 QUESTIONS ANSWERED!
- I’ve been shooting weddings since 2007 and have photographed 100+ weddings.
- There are 3 wedding packages you can choose from. And we can make some changes… so you invest in what you love.
- I am really passionate about photography and art. It is my life.
- My photography style is a mix of editorial and documentary.
- Yes! You can make photo requests, show me your Pinterest board and we’ll make magic together.
- YES! You can print your own photos. The images you receive are high resolution jpegs, great for printing.
- Yes! I carry backup gear (of everything) with me to every wedding.
- You reserve your date with your deposit and contract. If another couple inquires for your date, you have 24 hours to book before I open the date for another consult.
- If you need to change your date, you have up until the 30 days prior to the wedding to do so. Your current retainer is applicable to any wedding date I’m available for in the next calendar year.
- The contract is really important.
That was a lot. I hope you feel more confident in what to look for in a photographer… and perhaps ready to slide into my inbox and start planning your big day together!