12 Questions for Wedding Photographers
As part of your wedding photographers planning, ask your photographer essential questions to narrow down your options and find the best option for your ceremony and reception. This list of questions can be used as a guide.
Do you have availability to shoot at our wedding date?
Before asking any more questions, make sure you check the availability of your photographer on your wedding day. If they are unable to shoot on the date you have chosen, this will save you time.
Who will be there for the big day?
Mindy Weiss, a wedding planner, always asks: “Is this person gonna be at your wedding?” There are many teams. There are also companies. There are companies.
Which style do you prefer for wedding photography?
Mindy states that there are many types of photographers. Mindy says that there are three types of photographers: documentary, traditional and completely candid. You need to be able to tell which direction they are going. If they take serious, formal photos, but you prefer whimsical, playful, spontaneous images, you can keep looking for the perfect working style. Although most modern photographers work digitally, it is worth checking if they still shoot on film.
May we view a full wedding gallery?
Mindy states, “It is important to ask for a complete album to see if they tell it from beginning to finish.” How do they plan it? “How do they map it out? A complete wedding gallery includes all shots, from the pre-wedding to the ceremony and through to the cake cutting.
Do you remember shooting a wedding similar to ours?
Although you may admire a photographer’s style and aesthetic, have they ever shot a wedding with someone similar to you in the same setting and at the same time? Mindy advises that you ask the photographer to show you pictures of couples with similar skin tones. It’s important that the photographer shows you different aspects of the day and the lighting. You can also see the results of these pictures.
Do you have references?
Mindy says, “Ask your photographer whether you are able to email/chat with past clients so that you can get referrals.” To see if you don’t hear about any comments, Google the photographer.
Are you familiar with other wedding vendors?
It might be beneficial if the potential photographer is familiar with your other vendors, especially your videographer. They may be able work together to capture your event if they have a good rapport. Mindy says that they don’t need to have worked together previously, but must have respect for each other. It’s not a good idea to have them meet on the day of their wedding.
What happens if there is a natural disaster?
If there is a problem during your wedding, ask your photographer about their backup plan. As part of their work, they may bring additional equipment, such as a flash and digital memory options.
What should you include in your wedding packages
Many wedding photographers offer different pricing options to suit various tiered packages. You might be charged additional fees for destination weddings, a second photographer, engagement shots, and photos from the rehearsal dinner. You might want to inquire about whether they accept payment in installments, depending on your financial situation.
Are there any special shots or arrangements that we can request?
You and your partner may request a specific type of shot. For example, if you want to have a recreation of your engagement on-site, ask photographers if they will allow it. Mindy says that most photographers will have a shot list so you can mark what is important to your partner. Don’t forget about the classic shots. You don’t have to be hip for a photo with grandma and you. The traditional photos will last forever.
How and when can we expect to get our photos?
Ask your potential photographer when they will send you your photos. Ask your potential photographer if they will first edit a few images, if they will use high-resolution images with retouching and if you will have a look at the photos as the photographer edits them. If you’re interested, ask if custom prints and albums will be included.
How do we finalize hiring? After you have selected your wedding photographers, discuss what they will need to sign your contract. You might need to pay a deposit, review cancellation policies, and understand liability insurance.
Ask yourself: Do they appeal to you?
The final question should be asked to you and your partner. On your big day, you will spend lots of time with the photographer. Consider whether or not you enjoy the photographer’s personality and communication style. Also, consider if it would be a pleasure to spend the day with them. Mindy states that it is important to establish a relationship with your photographer. “Make it a point to meet up, even virtually, to establish if there is a connection.”