However, one question that you don’t need to ask is “Have you shot a wedding at my venue before?”
Why? Whether a professional wedding photographer has shot at your venue before or not actually has no impact on the images they take of your big day. Photographers are creative, and whether they’re photographing a venue ten times or for the very first time, they will work hard to capture gorgeous shots and create images that you and your loved ones are sure to adore.
Choose a photographer you connect with
Your choice of a wedding photographer should have more to do with the quality and style of their work than with whether they have photographed your venue before. Instead of asking a potential professional wedding photographer if they’ve worked at your venue, instead ask about their approach to the wedding day and make sure you feel connected to them and comfortable around them. That will go a long way toward getting the wedding photos you really want.
Your photographer may have shot at hundreds of venues—just not yours
If you live in a large city or region, like Orlando, Florida, with a lot of wedding venues, your photographer could have tons of experience but still never have shot a wedding at your specific location. That doesn’t make them less qualified to capture each moment of your big day though! The more diverse places a professional wedding photographer shoots, the more experience they have dealing with unaccepted circumstances, adapting to lighting and getting images that stun, no matter the location.
Ask your photographer to visit your venue with you
Many professional wedding photographers will actually offer to walk through your wedding venue with you or show up early on your wedding day to scout for locations. If your photographer has never been to your venue before, this can offer both of you some peace of mind and help your photographer feel more prepared to capture your special day.
Lighting and weather can change everything
Your venue may look completely different on your wedding day than it does on your first tour. It all depends on the weather, the time of day and the lighting. Fortunately, professional photographers know how to account for these changes and have the experience and skill to create amazing photos regardless of the lighting. When you hire a wedding photographer, you are investing in their years of training and expertise and trusting that they will be able to create images that you will cherish for years to come.
A new space can inspire creativity
Even if your photographer has never been to your venue before, they will likely enjoy exploring and finding great places for shots. There is a huge benefit to your wedding photographer seeing your venue with fresh eyes. They may approach photographing your ceremony in a unique way that a photographer who has been to your venue multiple times before may not consider.
If you hire a professional photographer for your wedding day, it won’t matter whether they’ve photographed your venue before or not. All that matters is their skill and the quality of their images and how much you trust them to capture photos of one of the most important days of your life.
As an Orlando Professional wedding photographer, I can truly say that nothing gives me more excitement than getting the opportunity to shoot at one of Central Florida’s amazing venues! Florida is FILLED with some of the most picturesque venues filled with class, charm and beauty and that’s what makes it one of the country’s largest Destination Wedding locations!