Mar 22, 2019 | By: Gwen Hernandez /Vivid Memories by Gwen
When planning your wedding you have numerous things to choose like the venue, food, cake, dress and much more, but one of the most important things is choosing a photographer. The photographer will be with you all day and is the one who will be capturing your memories for you to enjoy for a lifetime. Choosing a photographer can be tough with so many options. With me being a wedding photographer, I know how difficult it can be to weed through all your options. I have created a list of questions to ask the wedding photographer before you book with them.
It is always important to meet the photographer in person and do research on the photographer before meeting with them. Before you meet with them, make sure your wedding date available in their schedule. Ask if they will be the one shooting my wedding. If not, ask if you can meet the photographer who will be on-site.
Questions to ask Wedding Photographer during your meeting:
1. How many other weddings will you photograph that weekend? This is important because an extremely busy photographer might not make you a priority.
2. Will you have any assistants with you on our wedding day? It is important because if the photographer is working alone, he may need to take time away from taking pictures to set up lights and stuff. I always take an assistant that sets up all my stuff so I can be focused on my couple and shooting the entire time.
3. How long have you been shooting weddings? How many weddings have you photographed? This is very important because you always want a very experience wedding photographer who has experience working in many different light conditions and know how to adjust to make your photos perfect. Make sure to see full wedding gallery's and of weddings not only bride, groom, bridesmaids and groomsman in the photos. There is a thing called styled shoots that are setup to look like weddings for photographers to build their portfolio and that is not the same thing as shooting a real wedding.
4. What type of equipment do you use?
5. Have you ever shot a wedding at our ceremony and reception venues? If not, do you plan to check the venues out in advance?
6. How would you describe your photography style? What would you compare your work to?
7. How would you describe your working style? Do you prefer to blend into the background to capture candid moments, or do you like to be more visible and take charge to choreograph images?
8. Do you shoot digitally only?
9. What is included in your standard package? What add-ons do the more expensive packages include?
10. Can I customize a package to fit my needs?
11. Do you include engagement photos in your packages? What about pre-wedding events like rehearsal dinners?
12. How many hours are included in each package? How much do extra hours cost?
13. Do you offer retouching, color adjustment, or other corrective services? Are those included or an additional charge?
14. When will we receive the contract?
15. Can we order prints or albums directly from you?
16. What type of album do you offer?
17. Are albums or prints included in your packages? How many pages or prints are included, and what is the turnaround time?
18. How long after the wedding will we receive the images? How will they be delivered?
19. Will we have the rights to the images?
20. Will we receive the negatives and/or high resolution digital images? Is there a fee for that?
21. Will the images be accessible online? For how long?
22. When will we receive the contract?
23. How much of a deposit do you require? When is it due?
24. Do you accept payments in installations?
25. What is your refund or cancellation policy?
26. Do you have liability insurance?
27. What is the backup plan if you are unable to shoot my wedding for an unexpected reason?
28.Do you charge a travel fee? For what distance? What does that cover?
29. Can we request a list of specific shots we would like?
30. Will you be posting about our wedding on your website and social media? Will you be submitting our photos to magazines or blogs?
These are all very important questions to ask your wedding photographer before booking. Knowing the answers to these questions, seeing the photographers work and reviews can help you determine if they fit what you need on your wedding day. Professional photographers do not have a problem with you asking these questions and actually welcome them. Make sure that you are comfortable with he photographer. The amount you spend on a photographer can make a big difference. A photographer that cost $400 is probably not going to give you the same type of work a $2000 photographer will.
I know as a wedding photographer myself how important it is for me to make sure I know exactly what my client wants and make sure to capture every special moment for them to keep forever.