To aid you in identifying the perfect photographer for your wedding day, we’ve put together our top 13 questions to ask before deciding on a wedding photographer.
As you start wedding planning, hiring a photographer is one of the first decisions you’ll make. After all, your wedding photos are the lasting memory of your special day. But with so many photographers to choose from, it can be tough to know where to start.
The questions begin after you’ve found a photographer or multiple photographers whose work you appreciate. By asking these questions, you will better understand the photographer’s style, approach to the wedding day, and policies. This goes a long way in making an informed decision about which photographer is right for you.
Top 13 questions to ask before deciding on a wedding photographer.
1) Describe your style and approach to wedding photography?
A photographer whose style aligns with your vision for your wedding photos is a must. Do you prefer traditional, posed shots or candid, photojournalistic shots? Make sure the photographer you choose is able to deliver the type of photos you want.
2) How many weddings have you photographed?
Experience is important when it comes to wedding photography. Experienced photographers are better equipped to handle the events on the wedding day. They also under how to prepare and complete the post wedding workflow.
3) Ask to see a portfolio of the photographer’s previous work. Include full wedding galleries from recent weddings.
Review a portfolio of their previous wedding work to get a sense of their skill level and style. Ask to see full wedding galleries so you can see a complete set of images from single events. A full wedding gallery from recent events is quite insightful. They give you a better idea of the photographer’s style and the types of photos they actually deliver.
Questions to ask when choosing a wedding photographer
4) How do you handle editing and retouching of the photos?
Ask the photographer about their editing and retouching process. Do they offer basic editing as part of their package, or is it an extra cost? Will the images be color-corrected and/or retouched? Will you be able to request specific edits or retouching?
5) How do you work with your clients to plan the wedding photography timeline?
Your photographer and planner should collaborate with you on the timeline. This ensures you have a plan for the types of photos you want. Ask the photographer to recommend timing for the images you want throughout the day.
6) How do you handle group and family photos?
Group and family photos are an important part of most wedding days. You want to understand how your photographer will handle these shots. Ask about their approach to organizing, posing and lighting group shots. This will go a long way in ensuring that you get the photos you want.
7) How many photos do you deliver to your clients?
Ask the photographer how many final images you can expect to receive after the wedding. Keep in mind that the number of images you receive will depend on several things. These include the package you choose, and the activities of the day.
Good questions to ask a wedding photographer
8) How do you deliver the final images and in what format?
Find out how the photographer delivers the final images and in what format. Are the images delivered online or on a physical medium like a USB drive?
9) How do you handle unexpected events on the wedding day?
Weddings can be unpredictable. It’s reassuring knowing that your photographer can handle the challenges that often arise. How do they handle poor weather, unexpected venue changes, or other unforeseen circumstances.
10) Do you offer albums or prints?
If you’re interested in an album or prints, make sure the photographer offers them. Learn what the associated costs are.
11) Do you have backup equipment and a backup plan in case of technical difficulties?
Technical issues can happen. The photographer should have backup equipment and a plan in place in case of any issues on the day of the wedding.
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12) Do you have liability insurance?
Liability insurance protects against unexpected issues that may arise during the wedding. All wedding professionals, including photographers, should carry liability insurance.
13) What is your payment and cancellation policy?
Life can be unpredictable. Understand the photographer’s cancellation and payment policies, including any deposits or retainers required. And be familiar with the terms of the contract before signing. Discuss any fees associated with canceling or rescheduling the wedding.
How to decide on a wedding photographer?
It’s important to choose a photographer you feel comfortable with. One whose style and approach align with your vision for your wedding photos. Take your time and ask plenty of questions. These questions and their answers will help you make a sound decision.