Top Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer
1. What is your photography style?
Every photographer has their own style. Will they be artistic shots or more journalistic? Can they do both candids and portraits? Do their photos work with the light? Are they edited? Do they do more glamorous shots or lifestyle/as it is? Ultimately, are the photos you see on their website, the photos you'd want of yourself?
2. What is is included in the fee?
Good wedding photography is rarely ever cheap as a lot goes into the big day on the photographer's endl. They want to make sure your day is perfect, too, so that may include: consultations either in-person or on-the-phone; scoping out the location beforehand, so they are aware of the setting and the best equipment to bring; use of professional equipment and back-up equipment, which may require renting; taxes and travel fees may be included or an additional cost depending on the location; insurance, which you 100% want your photographer to be, regardless of if your venue requires it. Many wedding photographers have also been trained to some extent, whether with classes or hands-on shooting experience. Photographer's may also send you goodies and paperwork, including checklists and timeline questions. They will do everything they can to make sure you are all on the same page, get all the photos, and still enjoy the celebration.
3. How many photos will you receive and how will you receive them?
Photographers will usually give you more than enough images and it is important to remember that quantity does not equal quality. How they are given is another story. Not all computer have disk drives for CDs and couples can forget to download their images from online galleries before they expire. Will they also be given in high-resolution if you choose to print large sizes on your own?
4. How long will it take to receive the images?
It’s easy to understand why you would want your photos as soon as possible after they are taken. Talk to your photographer about their editing timeline. Some give sneak peaks during the editing process so there is something to see immediately and to give you a glimpse into how everything turned out and is being edited.
5. Do you want/need a second photographer?
If you want photos of both sides of the bridal party getting ready, then I would highly suggest having a second photographer. If you’re not doing a first look, a second is also helpful in capturing the groom’s expression when he sees you coming down the aisle for the first time. If you are having a wedding on the larger side, then it would be good to have the second stay for the reception as well, to photograph more of the guests while the lead photographer stays with the couple.
6. Is there a back-up plan if the photographer is unavailable on the day of the wedding?
What if the photographer is sick on the day of the wedding? Is there a back-up plan? This is a must ask question!
7. Can you meet with the photographer before the wedding?
You want to be able to click with your photographer. If you're looking for someone who is outgoing and confident in their work, you will be able to tell in person. This goes both ways. You wouldn’t want to work with a photographer who isn’t happy to be working with you.
8. Ask for references or reviews
Along with meeting with the photographer, you will also be able to tell what type of photographer they are by talking to previous clients. Do they get in the way of the ceremony? Are the subtle? Are they bossy? Were they a distraction? Did they know what they were doing? Were they everything promised and more?
9. Going along with #8, can you view full wedding galleries?
This will give you the best idea of what to expect from your photographer. You’ll see how they edit, how they manage light, how many photos you will get, how they capture a scene.
10. What is required to book?
For most photographers, a signed contract and a non-refundable retainer will save your date. The amount of the retainer and the terms of the contract will vary so be sure to review those before you sign anything!