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The Questions You Need to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

Updated: Mar 14

The questions you ask a potential wedding photographer can make or break finding out if they are right for you.

Before you meet a potential wedding photographer, it’s important to note down each of the questions you need answering. A solid in-person, or Zoom meeting is vital if you are to properly gauge whether this person is the perfect individual to capture your big day. But without the right prompts in front of you, you may end up missing out on some vital info.

Choosing a wedding photographer who matches your vibe, style and understands what you need involves asking precise questions. And as someone who has been involved in wedding photography for some years now, I’ve had quite a bit of experience in understanding just what a client requires. Today I’d like to share my knowledge with you, and offer up the correct questions you should be asking a potential photographer, if you want to find someone who is a good fit for your wedding.

Important Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

Are you available on our wedding date?

This one is pretty obvious, and your potential wedding photographer should be asking you this before you enter into any proper questions. But if not, do check if they are actually available, because photographers get booked up months, if not years in advance. So don’t just assume they are free because your wedding date is two years from now.

How much experience have you had shooting weddings?

The more experience in shooting weddings your photographer has, the better. Take it from me, I’ve shot over 300, and I value each and every one of them.

A wedding is a busy, sometimes chaotic event with numerous different things all going on. And your photographer needs to remain calm, and focused if you’re going to have all the moments captured you want. They’ll also need to know where and when to shoot the big events, as well as those candid shots that can truly complete an album.

What is your wedding photography style?

It is important that you do some research on the type of styles in wedding photography, before you actually start contacting potential vendors. Styles include documentary, traditional, fine, and others. Doing some homework will help you narrow down your shortlist straight away. Then, when you actually meet each wedding photographer, you can verify their style as part of your questions, rather than it be a mystery before meeting.

Have you worked at our wedding venue before?

If a potential photographer has already shot at your venue, this is a massive advantage, as they’ll already know the best places to capture the action from. Furthermore, upon request, they should be able to show you the weddings that they’ve shot there. Giving you an even better idea of whether they’re right for you.

What wedding photography packages do you offer?

Every wedding photographer will expect to hear this within the first round of questions, so don’t be afraid to ask. It is important you find out exactly what is included in each package. For instance, how many hours will they be available? How will you receive the photos? Do they offer an engagement shoot? Get what is included in writing, before you sign on the dotted line.

Do you take photo requests?

If your online mood board is full of specific shots that you’ve loved from other weddings, why not have them re-created for your big day. This, again, should be one of the questions your wedding photographer will expect. And normally, they’ll have a handy Q&A for you to fill out, so you’re both on the same page about exactly what you want captured. But if not, please ask the question.

When will we receive the wedding photo album?

The process of editing will differ from each wedding photographer to the next, and that is why this is actually one of the most important questions. Because you may talk to one vendor, and they’ll say they’ll send you the shots in 2 weeks. But then the next one you talk to will say 2 months. Get a rough date, and also find out what quality and format to expect them in.

What do we do now?

If you feel like all of your questions have been answered, and you’ve actually found your wedding photographer. It’s important to find out what the next stage in the process is, before you break out the champagne! Do they need a deposit now? How long do we have to review the contract? What is the cancellation/refund policy? Do you have insurance? Endeavour to get all the vital questions answered before you walk away; otherwise they might get forgotten.

These are all important questions you should ask your wedding photographer before you confirm your booking with them. But do you have a specific question you would like to ask me? If so, please visit my contact page.

You are also welcome to browse my various portfolios, and if you like what you see, please take a look at my services page where you’ll find a breakdown of my investment packages.

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