Key Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer Before You Book It

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? Do you have liability insurance?
  2. How many years of experience do you have in shooting weddings?
  3. How many weddings have you personally photographed? Have you shot any weddings that were similar to what I envision in style and size?
  4. Can you provide a portfolio of the recent weddings you have photographed from start to finish?
  5. Have you ever worked with my vendors, such as my videographer and wedding planner?
  6. Have you shot at my ceremony or reception venue before?
  7. Do you have any backup equipment? What is your backup plan if you (or my scheduled photographer) are unable to shoot my wedding for any reason?
  8. Will you be shooting my wedding? If not, can I meet with the scheduled photographer beforehand?
  9. Will you have assistants with you on the wedding day?
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 film, digital, or both?
  4. Do you shoot in black and white, color, or both?
Photography Packages and Payment
  1. What packages do you offer? Do you include engagement photos in your packages? How many hours of shooting is included in each photography package?
  2. Do you offer the option of customizing a package?
  3. What is your overtime rate?
  4. Do you charge a travel fee for weddings that are located outside of your area? If so, what does this travel fee cover?
  5. How much is the deposit and when is it due? What about the remaining balance?
  6. What is your policy on refunds and cancellation?
  7. What are the different types of album designs that you offer?
  8. Do you offer retouching, color adjustments, or other corrective services?
  9. After the wedding, how long will I have to wait to receive the proofs?
  10. What is your ordering process for photos and albums?
  11. Can I print my photos and share on social media? Do I have access to the high res images?



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