As you’re interviewing potential photographers, take time to determine not just their prices, but also the style and quality of their images and whether their personality would be a good fit for you and your wedding day. Not sure what to ask? Check out these seven essential questions to help get you started!
How would you describe your photography style?
Every photographer has a different style for their photos. Some like to observe and take documentary-style photos of the day, while others specialize in carefully choreographed images. Ask your wedding photographer not only to describe their style but also to show examples from previous weddings they’ve shot to give you a better idea of what to expect.
Personally and professionally, I side on the “fauxtojournalistic” side of photography. I feel like placing subjects in just the right location, letting them be themselves and working around that, produces the best natural images. Minimal guidance takes the stiffness and awkwardness out of the images.
Have you shot a wedding at our venue before?
It often helps to have a wedding photographer who is familiar with your venue and knows the best spots nearby for photos. However, if they’ve never shot a wedding at your venue before, that isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker. Ask if they’ll be checking out the venue before the wedding to find the perfect photo backdrops.
What’s included in your wedding package?
Most wedding photographers have standard packages as well as extras you can add on for an additional fee. Be sure to ask what’s included in the packages, like the number of hours and prints or digital files, and be aware of any fees for travel or other costs.
Every one of my packages, minus the Elopment package, includes an engagement session. Also, depending on the package you choose, I do include albums and prints as well. Every wedding and couple is different so I am also able to customize a wedding photography package and work with just about every size wedding and budget! Just ask 🙂
What happens in the event of an emergency?
Be sure to ask any potential photographer about their backup plan in case they’re ill or unable to photograph your wedding because of an emergency. This may feel like an awkward question, but it’s important to know there’s a solid Plan B in place so you’ll get the wedding photos you want, regardless of unexpected circumstances.
Can we view full galleries of your recent weddings?
You might have fallen in love with a wedding photographer’s work when you saw it on their website, but a full gallery from a previous wedding can give you a better idea of the photographer’s style and skill. A complete gallery will also help you see if the photographer is consistent with the quality of their images.
How long have you been photographing weddings, and how many weddings have you shot?
It’s a great idea to ask about your potential wedding photographer’s experience level, as well as their workload. You don’t want to hire someone who’s never photographed a wedding before to captures images of your big day.
Currently, I am in my 12th year! Say whaaaaaaaaaaat! It’s hard to believe but it’s completely true! I have shot over 300 weddings and sessions, big and small over that time. Many were my own. Others were with my many photog friends when we paired up for a world takeover! LOL. i love working with larger photography companies, honing my skills and trying out new and creative things!
What do you love about photographing weddings?
This question may sound like small talk, but it’s an excellent way to get a better understanding of a photographer’s personality and how they’ll approach your wedding day. After all, you want a photographer who’s (almost) as excited about your wedding as you are!
Taking time to interview potential photographers gives you a chance to ask all these important questions and address any concerns you have about your wedding day. Before speaking with a photographer, be sure to write down a list of questions you have and any other details you want to know, to ensure that you’re prepared.