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Key Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer Before You Book It

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How do you know which photographer is right for you? Here are the key questions you should ask when interviewing the photographer.

Background Check & Logistics

  1. Are you available on my wedding date?
  2. Do you have liability insurance?
  3. Does your business mainly focus on wedding photography? What percentage of your business is comprised of weddings?
  4. How many years of experience do you have in shooting weddings?
  5. How many weddings have you personally photographed? Have you shot any weddings that were similar to what I envision in style and size? (Note: a full-time wedding photographer that is in demand will shoot between 20-30 weddings a year.)
  6. Have you shot weddings at my chosen ceremony and reception venues before? If not, do you plan to check out the venue in advance?
  7. Can you provide a portfolio of the recent weddings you have photographed from start to finish? Note: it is important to see how an entire day is covered from start to finish. Also ask to see printed photos; photos can always appear better online, but it is easy to spot out-of-focus or overly grainy photos in a physical album.
  8. Have you ever worked with my other vendors, such as the videographer, DJ, wedding coordinator, florist, and so forth?
  9. Can I see reviews from past clients and a list of references that I may contact?
  10. Do you have any backup equipment? If any unforeseen situation may arise, such as an illness or any other emergency that prevents you or my scheduled photographer to arrive, what is the backup plan?
  11. On the wedding day, what time will you be arriving on site of the ceremony venue?
  12. Will you stay if the wedding runs longer than expected? If so, will I incur any additional charges?
  13. How far in advance do I need to book you?
  14. What wedding related information do you need from me before the wedding day?
  15. Will you be shooting my wedding? If not, can I meet with the scheduled photographer beforehand? (Note: Larger studios may employ several photographers, so you should personally meet the person in charge of shooting your wedding. Be sure that the primary photographer’s name is on the wedding contract. All of these questions should also be asked to the primary photographer.)
  16. How many other weddings will you be shooting the weekend of my wedding?
  17. Will you have assistants with you on the wedding day? (Note: Ask if a second shooter will be present, as you will be able to get more detailed shots of the wedding.)
  18. What will be your (and the assistants) attire for the wedding?
Photography Style
  1. What is your wedding photography style? Traditional, artistic, or photojournalistic?
  2. What is your working style? Do you prefer to blend into the background and shoot what unfolds naturally, or do you create a more visible presence by taking charge and choreographing shots?
  3. Do you shoot with film, digitally, or both?
  4. What type of equipment do you use?
  5. Do you shoot in black and white, color, or both?
  6. Will you accept a specific list of must-have shots we would like? Note: some photographers are open to a shot list, while others feel the list detracts them from capturing moments as they unfold.
Photography Packages and Payment
  1. Do you charge a travel fee for weddings that are located outside of your area? If so, what does this travel fee cover?
  2. What are the different packages that you offer? What does each package include? Are there any additional charges?
  3. Do you offer the option of customizing a package based on my needs?
  4. How many hours of shooting is included in the photography package? Note: an ideal range is seven to nine hours.
  5. What is your overtime rate?
  6. Does the photography package also include engagement photos? Note: Having an engagement photo shoot is a great way to test and get to know your photographer.
  7. How many pictures will you be taking at my wedding? Note: On average, a photographer will shoot about 500 exposures at a wedding.
  8. Can you put together a slideshow of the engagement session to be displayed during the cocktail hour? What about an “instant” slideshow of the ceremony to show at the reception?
  9. What are the different types of album designs that you offer? Do you offer any assistance in creating photo albums?
  10. Do you offer retouching, color adjustment, or other corrective services?
  11. After the wedding, how long will I have to wait to receive the proofs? Will they be available for viewing online, on a CD, or a thumb drive?
  12. Will you post our wedding photos on your social media sites, such as your website/blog, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram?
  13. Will you submit our wedding photos to other wedding blogs or magazines?
  14. What is your ordering process for photos and albums?
  15. After placing my order with you, how long will I have to wait to receive the printed photos/album?
  16. Will you give me the negatives and/or the digital images from my wedding? If so, will the digital images be of high-resolution quality and will there be an additional charge to receive them?
  17. When will you provide a written contract?
  18. How much is the deposit and when is it due? What about the remaining balance?
  19. What is your policy on refunds and cancellation?

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