WEDDINGS HAVE A LOT OF MOVING PARTS
You’ve searched all over, and you’ve finally found the wedding photographer you love. You feel like their style fits yours, you love their vision, and you’re ready to book.
Here is a list of 22 questions you may want to ask before you sign that dotted line.
If they are not available for your wedding date, there is not much more you need to know. However, it could prove fruitful to ask if they have a referral. More often than not, photographers have people they have worked with in the past (see vendor list) and may be able to connect you with someone you like just as much.
Rain is supposed to be lucky on your wedding day, but it can cause a few issues simultaneously. You want to make sure that your photographer has a plan if the weather is not as perfect as you want it.
Photographers get sick and have family emergencies just like everyone else, but that doesn't mean you should be left without a photographer on your wedding day. You always want to make sure your photographer has a plan for the unexpected.
Nowadays, it is not unusual for a photography studio or solo photographer to also offer videography. If you are interested in that, it’s generally a good idea to book both from the same company.
BONUS: More often than not, your photographer will have a videographer they like to work with. This not only helps consistency and workflow but may afford you a smaller fee in the end.
Knowing the cancellation policy while making your decision on a wedding photographer is vital information and can save you a lot of stress.
Knowing when you are going to take your different photos will help your wedding day run smoothly.
That said, it is often the photographer who has to work within the schedule. Your wedding planner or maid of honor usually provides this.
Many times photographers have a list of vendors they like and prefer to work with. Asking this question will help you fill in any gaps you may have.
This is not a make or break. But if you have a photographer that has shot at your venue before, they should already know some of the best spots to go for your photos.
If they have not been to your venue before, you should make sure they will walk the venue before the wedding day. You can even go together and walk through the day.
You may want your photographer to blend into the background, but many photographers will not photograph your wedding in a suit or dress. The full range of movement is crucial to our ability to provide you with the best possible images. That said, there should be a level of professionalism as well.
Most photographers have different packages you can choose from. You want to make sure there is a package that fits best for two.
It's important to understand that many photographers have created packages based on their own experience, workflow, and aesthetics. If the packages they offer are not for you, it can be worth asking if you can create your own package.
PROTIP: you’ll likely pay more for this level of specificity.
Most Photographers offer Prints and Albums, but it is good to know what different options they offer and what they might look like.
Even if you are not having a tropical destination wedding, sometimes the photographer you love might be based out of town. This can result in some travel fees that are generally not included in packages.
There are many different ways to deliver photos nowadays. Your photographer will generally have their preferred method in place and will walk you through what their lead times are and how they intend to deliver your images.
There are many different ways to put together albums. More often than not, your photographer will have software they prefer and will walk you through it.
Some studios have associate photographers. If it is not the photographer you are planning with, it's a good idea to request a meeting with the photographer that will be leading your session beforehand to make sure they have what you're looking for.
Your photographer should have some experience in the market they're in. That said, there are all kinds of photographers that do things in different ways. Be sure to ask them if they are experienced in the wedding style you're looking to have.
(Big, Small, Elopement, etc.)
Things that can happen generally will happen at some point. Knowing your photographer has redundancy can help bring you peace of mind.
Weddings can get expensive, fast! If you need assistance, spreading out the payments to make it a little easier, and it is not uncommon for many photographers to offer this.
It is not just about the business aspect of choosing a wedding photographer, believe it or not, it's actually MORE important that you get along with them. Get to know the person capturing one of the most important days of your life.
Assuming this is your first wedding and you don't really know what the process is for your wedding photographer. After you book them, do you hear from them again before your wedding day? Are they going to call every few months, or is their contact more routine?
Not everyone wants an engagement session - but sometimes the packages come with one. See if you can substitute the engagement session for a Bridal Boudoir or a Trash The Dress.