The 12 Questions you MUST ask your Wedding Photographer

Must Ask Questions for your Wedding Photographer 

While it may not be everyday that you need to hire a photographer and understanding photographer lingo may be a daunting task, it is extremely important to find the perfect fit.  Let’s be honest, wedding moments only happen once!  To help guide you through the hiring process of finding the perfect Wedding Photographer I have curated a list of 12 questions you should and MUST ask.

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1. What is your style? 

It is very important that you find a photographer’s style that you really truly appreciate and will be able to look back 20 years from now and love all of your photographs.   Learn more about style from The Knot.

 

2. Do I have rights to my wedding photographs? 

This is without a doubt one of the top questions I get and it is a very important one because of its cost.  There are two types of photographers, service and product.  The service photographer charges solely on his/her service and will typically grant you rights to your images.  The product photographer will typically hold the rights to your images and charge you for each photograph.  Buying upward of 1000 photos can get pricey!

 

3. How many other events will you photograph on my wedding weekend?

Smaller studios will try and cram in as many weddings as possible in one weekend.  For example one photographer may take on 2 or 3 weddings in one weekend and as you can imagine the attention to detail will suffer.  Try to pick someone who shoots 1 wedding a weekend unless it is a larger studio with more resources.

 

4. What happens if the Photographer is ill?

It is so important to ask this question and even more important that it matches what is written up in the contract.  In the rare event that the photographer is ill who is going to cover my wedding!?

 

5. Do you have insurance?

Just as any business, your photographer should have insurance.  This is important in case a family member trips over a camera bag and hurts himself or herself.

 

6. Will you provide a contract of services and will I get a copy?

A lot of studios work based off of a handshake.  Nowadays this is not the best route.  It is in the best interest of the couple getting married and the photographer to work under a contract.  This way all services, prices and policies are fully understood and held accountable.

 

7. Do you work with an assistant or second shooter?

If you are having a large wedding it is imperative to have a second shooter.  It is so hard for one person to cover absolutely everything by themselves on such a fast paced day.  Some things only happen once in a lifetime, so it is critical to have more than one person covering such moments.

 

8. Do you have backup equipment?

It may seem like a no brainer that a photographer has backup equipment, however some beginners will have the bare minimum.  Let’s be honest, photography equipment isn’t cheap.  Be sure to ask do you have a backup in case your camera body or lens breaks.

 

9. What do you wear?

While comfort is important you probably don’t want someone in a t-shirt at your black tie event.  It is best if your photographer fits in with the crowd or wears neutral colored attire. 

 

10. If the event lasts longer than expected will your stay outside the contracted hours?

Knowing your wedding photographers policy on overtime is important.  You don’t want to see your photographer get up and leave when their contracted time is up especially if you haven’t even cut the cake!  Ask and know your photographer’s policy.

 

11. Does your studio edit all of the photographs and if so do I get to choose the style?

Most likely you appreciate the photographers work and typically the saying what you see is what you get stands true for editing.  However, if you see a variation in editing style or you have something in mind that you personally like (i.e. a film look) be sure to make this clear before you receive something you weren't expecting.  Also, it is important to ask how many photographs will be edited and delivered.

 

12. How long after the wedding will proofs and album be ready?

The question everyone ignores.  During wedding season things get busy for a photographer and editing your photos may not be at the top of the to do list.  Be sure to know your photographers turn around time so you know when you will receive your photos and album.



Steven Baker

Bakerture Photo & Video, 1210 S Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA, 22204, United States