Top 18 Questions to Ask Your Photographer

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A pic­ture is worth a thou­sand words. Aside from your own mem­o­ries, beau­ti­ful wed­ding pic­tures are the best way to record every moment of your big day.

Here are the top 18 ques­tions to ask your poten­tial wed­ding pho­tog­ra­ph­er.

1. Do you have our date available?

First order of busi­ness. Also, will they be shoot­ing any oth­er events on the day of your wed­ding? There should be plen­ty of time between the two events, if there is more than one. You nev­er know who might run late, etc.

2. How long have you been shooting weddings?

This is to help gause their lev­el of pro­fes­sion­al­ism. How many wed­dings they’ve done tells you how many oth­er cou­ples liked their style and picked them for their events.

bride and groom in blue suit from above

3. Have you shot weddings at our venue before?

If not, ask them to do a site vis­it. Scram­bling for pic­ture loca­tions the day-of wastes valu­able time, and it’s impor­tant for them to have an idea how light­ing, etc. is going to work.

4. Can we see your portfolio?

You def­i­nite­ly want to see work they have done in the past, but ask if they have done wed­dings in a sim­i­lar style as yours or at your same venue. See­ing pic­tures that might look like yours will give you an even bet­ter idea of what you want and whether or not you want to go with that pho­tog­ra­ph­er.

5. What is your photography style?

When it comes to wed­dings, there are a few dif­fer­ent styles of pho­tog­ra­phy. Have an idea of what you most want out of your pic­tures to make sure their style coin­cides with yours. If you are not sure, ask to see exam­ple pho­tographs.

6. Do you provide your own lighting?

The answer should be yes, but if it is no, ask about how they intend to work around that or if you need to rent you own light­ing equip­ment.

7. What types of packages do you offer?

Make sure you under­stand every­thing that comes in each of their pack­ages to pick whichev­er one works best for you. If there’s not a best pack­age, they may allow you to cus­tomize your pack­age, or you may need to do every­thing à la carte.

wedding ceremony sign

8. How many pictures will you take? When and how will we be able to see them?

There shouldn’t be a lim­it to how many pic­tures they will take, although the aver­age is between 1,200 and 1,500 pho­tos, not that you will see every sin­gle one of those. You will gen­er­al­ly see any­where between 150 and 400 of those. They may give you a link to see them online or pro­vide you with a CD of your pic­tures.

9. Will you retouch photos?

The answer should be yes. And the answer to if there is a lim­it to how many pic­tures they will edit should be no. This is their job and every one of their clients deserves their best work. Although, keep in mind that some pho­tog­ra­phers include retouch­ing in their pack­age, but oth­ers will charge extra.

10. Who will be shooting our wedding? Do you bring a second shooter?

If it’s not them who will be shoot­ing your wed­ding, ask if you can me the pho­tog­ra­ph­er who will be shoot­ing. Bring­ing a sec­ond shoot­er is also a good idea to cap­ture mul­ti­ple angles of the cer­e­mo­ny. Although, you’ll want to ask if there is an addi­tion­al cost for the sec­ond shoot­er.

11. What is your backup plan in case of emergency?

They should have extra equip­ment in case some­thing breaks and some­one on deck to take over if they become ill or have anoth­er emer­gency come up.

12. Do you have a shoot list?

If they do pro­vide a list, ask if you can see it. If they don’t have a list, ask if you can give them a list of shots you want. You don’t want to end up with regrets, so make sure they under­stand every­thing you want.

groom and groomsmen in gray tuxedos

13. How many hours included in your package?

And how much for extra time? You may also want to dou­ble check that they will shoot all aspects of your wed­ding that you want doc­u­ment­ed. Some pho­tog­ra­phers won’t shoot the get­ting ready scenes, for exam­ple.

14. Do I order prints through you?

Be as thor­ough as you can in regards to prints. How much they are, what kind of pho­to paper they use, if there are dif­fer­ent pack­ages you can do, how the order­ing process works. And if they don’t han­dle the prints, how do they rec­om­mend going about get­ting prints.

15. What type of album designs do you offer?

And will you assist and putting an album togeth­er? If they don’t offer an album, can they sug­gest a way to get one made.

16. Will you coordinate with my videographer?

If you don’t have one yet and want one, ask if they can rec­om­mend one to you. More than like­ly they’ll have some great sug­ges­tions.

17. How much is the deposit and when is the final payment due?

Hir­ing a pho­tog­ra­ph­er is a pret­ty expen­sive busi­ness. Ask if you can set up a pay­ment plan, or if there is a dis­count offered if you pay in advance.

18. What is your refund policy?

Only if the worst hap­pens, of course.

dusty blue vintage wedding details

Before pick­ing your pho­tog­ra­ph­er, make sure they real­ly under­stand your vision for your wed­ding and wed­ding pho­tos. They are going to be there for every inti­mate moment of your wed­ding day and you def­i­nite­ly want to feel com­fort­able with them.

Make sure you go into your meet­ing with your list of ques­tions. If there are any spe­cial requests you have for them, make sure you clear it with them from the begin­ning.

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