12 Questions to Ask your Wedding Photographer
How do you know that your wedding photographer is the right photographer for your dream wedding?
Finding the right photographer is a key part of ensuring that your wedding experience will be a great one! When your cake is gone and the dress is put away you will want to have heartfelt and stunning photos to document your wedding day.
Here are some helpful questions we have put together for you to help you know what questions you can ask when you are looking for your future wedding photographer.
1: What is your Primary Style
This question should be one of the first questions you ask because it should align to the style of photography that interests you. This is an important question to ask because you not only want to hire a photographer that is in alignment with your vision but a photographer that is able to bring your vision to life. Your photographer should be able to explain their process with and provide you with visual examples of their work so you can see what they will be able to do for you.
2: How many other events will you photograph that weekend?
Whether you are hiring a large studio with multiple lead photographers or an independent photographer it is important to know how many bookings they have on the weekend of your wedding. Attention to details, client relationships and service can suffer under the circumstances of having an overbooked photographer.
3: Will a contract of the services be provided? If so, can I get a copy?
You should always require a contract from your wedding photographer with details of the provided services, pricing, termination resolution terms, etc. This will protect both you and your photographer and make sure that you are both on the same page. It is better to hire a photographer that regularly builds contracts with clients and to be cautious of photographers that do not because there is no legal guarantee or protection for your big day.
4: What happens if the photographer is ill?
It is not likely that your photographer will happen to get ill or experience an emergency on your wedding day but it is important that you know your photographer has an action plan for such emergencies.
5: Do you have insurance?
Any professional photographer should take the proper measures to protect their business and clients. Insurance is an example of that. Insurance protects the photographer, their staff, and equipment from theft or damage. More importantly, insurance will provide liability protection as well. Another important reason to hire an insured photographer is that many venues will not allow uninsured photographers to work on their premises (which is not something you would want to find out on the day of your wedding!)
6: Will you be bringing along an assistant?
If you are having a wedding with 50 guests or more you should consider making sure that the package you select with your photographer includes an assistant photographer. Even the most skilled photographer can only capture so many moments at one time. Having another set of eyes and hands helps make sure that more precious memories and moments are recorded. Imagine being able to have a photo of BOTH your first kiss and your mother or father wiping a tear from their eye as they gaze up at you from their seats?
7: How will we receive our images post production?
Some photographers will deliver unfinished images and edit only the images that the client selects for editing. Other photographers will mass edit all the images the same. Be sure to inquire as to what style of editing post-production your photographer will produce for you.
8: Will my images be color corrected?
In our lives we have all had that photo where our skin tone or hair color looks a little off. Color correction is an important way to ensure that the images you receive from your photographer are an accurate representation of yourself, your family, and the wedding you put together. The naked eye can tell the difference between a color corrected and uncorrected photo so it is important to know how your photos will be treated.
9: What kind of equipment do you bring? Do you carry backups?
Whether or not your photographer considers themselves a Nikon, Canon, or Sony brand loyalist may not be an important detail to fixate on. It is important to know what they bring to be prepared. Do they bring a zoom lens? What kind of lighting equipment should you expect? Most importantly, do they bring backups in the case of unexpected equipment damage?
10: What is your policy for coverage of an event outside of the contracted time?
It is essential that you know your photographers charge for overtime. Even the most fine tunely planned weddings can run the risk of running behind or going over due to unforeseen circumstances and you want to make sure that you and your photographer are on the same page for if you will be needing additional coverage. It is always better to be able to hire your photographer for longer than it is to discover that they packed up and disappeared before you enjoyed your first dance because time was up!
11: Do you have a uniform? How will you dress to my wedding?
Your wedding photographer is an instrumentally vital part of your wedding day but you do not want them to be a distraction. You’ll want to make sure that your photographer is not going to show up in loud colors or entirely out of your dress code. Imagine planning a black tie affair and your photographer showing up wearing sandals, jeans and a t-shirt? Also, if you are planning on your wedding being a more casual affair, you might not necessarily want your photographer to outdress your wedding guests!
12: How long until after my wedding until I receive my proofs, album, etc.
The answer to this differs greatly between every photographer and studio. While quick turnover times may sound ideal (having photos ready within a week or next day) it is important to consider that it may be a hint that your photographer is not giving your photos the amount of time and expertise they need post-production. You put a lot of time and heart into your wedding and you’ll want to choose a wedding photographer who will do the same.
As a general rule of thumb, you should expect anywhere from a full month to 7-8 weeks for your wedding and reception photos to be stunning and ready for you.
It is so important to be able to be in open communication with your wedding photographer. Not only should your wedding photographer be able to answer these questions but they should be more than happy to provide you with any other answers you may need. Your photographer can offer a lot of insight into your itinerary and other details regarding your wedding to help you enjoy your day to the fullest!