Top 11 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer Before Booking
Getting to know your photographer is critical! You'll be spending your entire wedding day with this person and if you are not at ease and smiling, your pictures will reflect your mood🤪
𝟏. 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐰𝐞𝐝𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐭 𝐛𝐞𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐞? 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐬𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐚𝐫 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐭𝐨 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐞? 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐭 𝐦𝐲 𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐮𝐞? These are great questions to gauge your photographer's experience level and how familiar they will be with the layout of your venue.
𝟐. 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐫 𝐝𝐚𝐲? 𝗪𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐛𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐩𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐭 𝐦𝐲 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭? 𝗪𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐛𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧 𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭? Some studios may double or triple book dates since they have multiple photographers on staff. BUT, how much would it suck if you fell in love with a photographer, completed a consultation, paid your deposit... to only find out later on they will not physically be at your wedding.
𝟑. 𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐬 𝐢𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐢𝐬 𝐚 𝐝𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐡 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐦𝐢𝐥𝐲? It's important for your vendors to have policies in case something unexpected happens.
𝟒. 𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐨𝐫 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧? 𝐃𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐨𝐰𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐩𝐲𝐫𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨𝐬? If you're a Facebook and Instagram addict, not being allowed to share some of your wedding photos online may be torture🔪 Keep this in mind!
𝟓. 𝐃𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞? Professional wedding photographers should have the proper insurance. Insurance protects against equipment theft/damage and provides liability protection.
𝟔. 𝗪𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐨𝐫 𝐜𝐨𝐫𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐨𝐫 𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐨𝐮𝐜𝐡 𝐦𝐲 𝐢𝐦𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐬? Please yes! You want to look your best in all your images.
𝟕. 𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐩𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐮𝐬𝐞? 𝐃𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐮𝐩𝐬? Now you may not be a camera wiz but you know when something doesn't sound quite right. If they say they use their Iphone or don't know what type of camera they use.. that is a red flag🚩🚩 If you want to do some research use Google. (𝘏𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘭𝘺, 𝘐 𝘥𝘰𝘯'𝘵 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘩𝘰𝘸 𝘐 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘥 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘰 𝘎𝘰𝘰𝘨𝘭𝘦) But Google it and see if the camera they mentioned is high quality.
𝟖. 𝐒𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐦𝐲 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐭 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐝𝐮𝐥𝐞𝐝, 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐲? 𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐝𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐠𝐞? 𝐀𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐚𝐝𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐜𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐠𝐞𝐬, 𝐈 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐛𝐞 𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐟?
You don’t want to be surprised when your wedding photographer asks for additional money before they release your pictures. Even worse, you don’t want your wedding photographer to just pack up and leave when their time is up.
𝟗. 𝗪𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐫𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐬 𝐰𝐞𝐚𝐫? None of your vendors should be a distraction and take any focus away from your special day. Most vendors wear all black but it is always good to double check.
𝟏𝟎. 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐥𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐟𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐞𝐝𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐦𝐲 𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨𝐬 𝐛𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐲? Each wedding photography studio varies. Studios can take anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months.
𝟏𝟏. 𝗪𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐚 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐭 𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭? 𝐎𝐫 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐟𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐟𝐫𝐞𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐢𝐠𝐧? Most photographers will welcome a small list to make sure you get the specific images you want. Remember you're hiring them for their eye as well as their experience capturing amazing moments. Which question did you find most helpful?