You’ve been doing all the research to find the best wedding photographer and you’ve got a list of photographers to interview but what exactly do you need to ask during the meeting?
Remember that your wedding photographer will be spending a lot of time with you on your wedding day so the first thing is to be sure that it’s someone you’re comfortable around. That’s going to be very important.
Of course you know the basic questions to ask, but we’ve got a few items to add to your list so check out these wedding photographer questions and then get those interviews done.
Wedding Photographer Questions to Ask
- Are you available on my date?
- How long have you been in business?
- How many weddings have you shot?
- Have you worked at this venue before?
What is the expected turnaround time?
A photographer should be able to give you an idea of how long you’ll be waiting to receive your photo’s after the event. It can vary greatly and will also depend on the season and how busy their current schedule is.
The turnaround time is always going to be longer than any of us want it to be, but having to wait three months for photo’s isn’t something you’ll want to find out after the fact. Be sure and get that question answered right away so you can set your expectations accordingly.
Do You Offer Prints and/or Albums?
Some photographers have packages that include prints along with digital copies. After all, they’ve spent a lot of time and energy on these photo’s and they want you to have amazing prints.
If your photographer doesn’t offer prints ask for a recommendation or if they are affiliated with a print shop.
Remember that once the wedding is over, you’ll have your memories and you’ll have your photo’s. Be sure to get quality prints made.
- Will you help us put together an album?
- How will photo’s be delivered?
- Do you retouch or color correct photo’s?
- How many photo’s can I expect to receive?
How Many Hours does Your Package cover?
You might be inclined to assume that your photographer will be there from the moment your wake up on your wedding day until the end of the evening after your big exit.
While this may or may not be the case, it’s best to get that established up front.
You’ll need to share a tentative timeline with your photographer so that they can estimate how many hours they’ll be needed.
And you’ll want to find out what extra hours cost, just in case the party isn’t over exactly at 10pm and you want them to stick around.
Nobody wants to receive a surprise bill after the event so have these numbers in your contract before your sign it and there won’t be any misunderstandings later.
Other details to note:
- Do you offer payment plans?
- Are your packages customizable?
Can You Show us a Full Wedding Gallery?
It’s helpful to see a full photo gallery from a previous wedding to get a better idea of the photographer’s style. It can also help provide you with an idea of how many photo’s you might receive.
You’ll want to see a gallery that fits with what you’re planning – either an outdoor day wedding or an indoor night wedding so that you can better picture the photographers lighting and ideas.
Do You Have Insurance?
All professionals should have insurance and a wedding photographer is no different. Their insurance should be geared toward liability, injury and equipment loss.
Crazy things can happen.
Your photographer could step into a hole and twist their ankle, or one of your guests could throw up their arms and accidentally hit the camera.
Insurance assures that these things are covered and won’t be a problem.
Well, only a temporary problem.
What Happens if You Can’t Make It?
While this seldom occurs, it can happen. And the key to handing crazy things is to be prepared for them.
Your photographer should have a plan and they should be able to outline it for you.
How do You Handle a Shot List?
You should be assured that your photographer is going to get all the shots that you can want from your wedding.
You don’t need to tell your photographer about every specific pose. Your wedding is unique and you want your photographer to capture it in all its glory.
However, it’s a good idea to have a list of combinations for the formal family pictures. Who belongs in group photo’s and if you’ve got a special group of people that you want photo’s with.
Having a shot list prepared is a quick and easy way to make your posed photo’s go more smoothly.
And faster. Because those photo’s always seem to take longer than you think they will.
Wedding Photographer Questions Not to Ask
There are a couple of questions that you just probably shouldn’t even ask and here they are.
Can my uncle/brother/friend take pictures too?
This is not the time that you want someone in the way of your photographer. You’ve hired them to capture your special day and it’s their job to provide all the photos.
Trust them to do what you hired them to do.
Let your family member or friend enjoy the event and not be distracted by taking photos during it.
Also, most photographers will have a no-compete clause that will prevent this.
Which is a good way to relay it to your friend without hurting their feelings.
Why are you so expensive?
You’re going to quickly learn that there are many different price points on photography packages.
Pricing is going to depend on experience, location and hours of coverage. It may also depend on the season of your wedding, or even the day of the week.
When you’re comparing packages be sure that you’re looking at all of these items.
It’s also important that you know where photography is on your priority list. If it’s a “save” item then you’ll want to go with a less expensive photographer or package. If it’s a “splurge” item then you’ll want to dedicate more of your budget toward it.
And the Last Few Things
Ask for a list of references. They should have no problem giving you a list of happy customers to sing their praises to you!
If your photo’s and memories are a big priority then make the best decision and move some numbers around in other places of your budget to get the photographer you deserve.
A wedding photographer should be happy to answer all these questions and any more that you can think of.
And remember that at the end of this, you’ll have the photo’s for a lifetime.