Your photos will be the one tangible piece of your wedding day that will (should) last forever. Many brides do not know what questions to ask potential photographers. So, here a few questions to ask potential photographers.
Questions For Your Photographer
How long have you been in business? How many weddings have you photographed?
I never use “newness” against a vendor. Truthfully, every vendor has to start somewhere. I always ask this question because it is important for you to be aware of that potential photographer’s level of experience. That way you can decide if you are comfortable working with a photographer with a limited, but beautiful, portfolio. Always ask to see examples of weddings or style shoots that they have photographed as well so you can get a good feel for their style.
What are your wedding packages and pricing?
The photographer should provide you with a list of their packages and what each package includes. Make sure you read through and ask questions about pricing, acceptable forms of payment and payment schedule.
Do you include an engagement session with the wedding package?
An engagement session is not automatically included in your photography package. Ask if the engagement session is included, when the photographer typically schedules the session and how long it lasts. You’ll also want to ask about who chooses the engagement session location.
What is the backup plan if your camera fails?
Listen, weddings are unpredictable and technology can fail. You need to know that they have a plan and will be prepared if their camera suddenly stops working.
Who specifically will photograph the wedding? Do you work with an assistant/second shooter?
Many photographers take on associates that shoot smaller weddings. Others bring on a second shooter and some work with an assistant on the day of. Bottom line – you need to know who will be photographing your wedding.
How many images can I expect to receive? Will I receive high resolution digital images and a copyright release?
You want to know how many images you will be receiving once the wedding is over based on the package and hours of coverage you are purchasing. This might not seem like a big deal but it is because you need to be certain that the day will be documented properly.
Once you find out how many images to expect, ask how and when, you will be receiving them. Will they ship you a CD? Will an online gallery be provided? How long will you have access to the gallery? And will you be granted a copyright release to use the images at will?
These are just a few of the questions I ask photographers at a vendor meet. There are so many different things to consider, such as first looks, lighting and wedding albums. If you are unsure of what to ask a potential photographer, ask your wedding planner! Since we do this all the time we can easily provide you with a thorough list of questions to ask.
As always, if you are being given assurances by any vendor, get those promises in writing!!
Until next time, happy planning!