You’ve used their easy contact form to give them some process-starting wedding information and are scheduled for your consultation. Before you head out, though, there are some things you may want to be aware of before you sign on that dotted line. Err, um… digitally verify?
Here are twenty-two questions to ask your wedding photographer to help you make the right decision.
Are you available for my date?
What is your plan if it rains?
What happens if you have an emergency?
What other services do you offer?
💡 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.
What is your cancellation policy?
Will you give me a timeline of the day?
That said, it is often the photographer who has to work within the schedule. Your wedding planner or maid of honor usually provides this.
Do you have a list of preferred vendors?
Have you been to my wedding venue before?
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.
Do you blend into the background more or are you more visible during the wedding?
What kinds of packages do you offer?
Can we customize our wedding packages?
💡 PROTIP: you’ll likely pay more for this level of specificity.
Do you offer prints and albums?
Do you have travel fees?
When & how will I receive my pictures?
How do we design our wedding album?
Who will be shooting my wedding?
How many weddings have you done?
(Big, Small, Elopement, etc.)
What happens if the camera gets damaged or the memory card?
Do you accept payment plans?
Why do you shoot weddings?
What is your process like from start to finish?
Do you have anything else we can do other than an engagement session?
As you can see, we’re just scratching the surface of what goes into booking your favorite photographer, but that shouldn’t prevent you from reaching out! In fact, this process is actually what some of us nerd out over! It’s like making new best friends at super speed.
The best wedding photographers are the ones who absolutely LOVE what they do, and we have found more often than not, they are willing to help brides and grooms wherever they can to make your special day come to fruition. (I know we are) That’s why our best-selling packages include your engagement session! (or a bridal boudoir session)
This helps keep the logistics of your wedding planning streamlined. Plus, having edited photos from the same professional photographer not only ensures a consistent look across your whole day but delivers a complete story in your final album!