23 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

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Choosing your Wedding Photographer is one of the biggest decisions you will make during your wedding planning process. After the rings have been exchanged, the cake has been eaten, the dancing has been done, and everyone has gone home, you will be left with only a few things: Your Gown, Your Groom, Your Rings, and Your Pictures. These pictures are going to reflect your wedding day for the rest of your happy lives together, so it’s important to book a photographer who understands your style, knows your venue, and communicates well with what you want. In order to make this process a little easier, there are some questions that simply must be asked before booking your photographer!

  1. What is your preferred style of photography? Traditional, Artistic, Natural Light, Photojournalism, Illustrative 
  2. How many weddings have you shot in your career?
  3. How many weddings will you shoot on my wedding day? If they say more than one, ensure there is adequate time in between each wedding.
  4. Have you ever shot at my venue? If they haven’t, as if they would be willing to go do a site visit.
  5. Do you bring in your own lighting? The answer should be a resounding “Yes!”. If they do not, expect a detailed answer as to why they work without their lighting.
  6. Do you work from a shot list? If they do, ask to see this list. If they do not, follow up by asking if you can provide a specific shot list for them.
  7. Can I request certain images are taken at the wedding? If yes, ask how they will ensure to capture these images.
  8. How many hours are included in your package? Typical wedding photography needs to start at least two hours before the ceremony.
  9. How much does an additional hour of coverage cost?
  10. Do you bring a second shooter? You should not walk down the aisle without a second shooter for at least the ceremony. There are so many moments missed (the bride’s face as she sees her groom and groom’s face as he sees his bride for the first time) because there is only one photographer.
  11. How many images can I expect to see from my wedding? On average photographers take between 1,200 and 1,500 images at your wedding, but that doesn’t mean you will see all of those! Typically, brides see anywhere from 150 to 400 images from their wedding.
  12. Do you have a limit to the amount of images you will edit? The answer should be “no”.
  13. How long does it take to see the proofs from my wedding?
  14. Do I receive a disc of images, or do I have to order all prints through you?
  15. How much are prints?
  16. Is an album included? If so, ask to see a sample of the album.
  17. Will you use my images in any advertising?
  18. Will you request the photography guidelines from the ceremony and reception locations?
  19. What will you and your second shooter wear?
  20. What is your plan if you are ill or there is an emergency and you can’t photography my wedding?
  21. How much is the deposit?
  22. When is the balance due?
  23. What is your cancellation policy?

 

Is there anything we missed? What do you think is important to ask your Wedding Photographer before booking?


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