When interviewing a photographer for your wedding, you want to make sure they will be able to capture the moments you want in the ways you want it. Here are some questions you should consider asking your photographer before hiring them:
How would you describe your style of photography and can I see examples?
Ask your photographer to explain their style, even if they use words that you’re not familiar with, ask them to explain as well as show you examples.
Have you ever photographed a wedding at my venue before?
If they have, then you should ask to see the images that were shot at your venue to make sure they match your vision. If the answer is no, it’s not a deal-breaker, but see if they would be willing to scout your location in advance.
Will you be the one photographing my wedding?
This is one of the most important questions to ask a wedding photographer. If the photographer works solo, the answer would obviously be yes. However, if you’re interviewing a photographer from a bigger company, make sure that the person you’re talking to will be the one who will show up on your wedding day.
What if you get sick or an emergency comes up on the day of my wedding?
This may be a little uncomfortable to ask someone, but it is crucial that you know the answer. A photographer who works alone should have a good backup plan in the case of an emergency.
Do you have insurance?
A professional photographer should have insurance in case their equipment breaks, is stolen, or any other accident occurs.
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Can I see the full album from a wedding?
Some photographers will just show you a collection of their best images, instead of the full set of images from a wedding, start to finish. You’ll want to ask to see those pictures too, so you can really get an idea of their style, even before editing.
What do your packages include?
When looking at pricing, ask to see a list of each package and what it includes. Find out if your photographer is flexible about adding or removing items from these packages, which may help with your budget.
When and how will I receive my proofs?
Find out how long it might take for your photographer to send you your pictures. The standard is around three to four weeks. Also, it is wise to find out how you will receive the images., whether through a CD, USB or online. You will want to know your options so that you can print them.
How many photographers will cover my wedding? Will you have an assistant?
If you’re having a smaller wedding, one photographer may be enough. But if you’re having a bigger wedding with lots of guests, you’ll likely need at least one or two extra shooters. Talk to the potential photographer about working with the size of your wedding and figure out whether or not they are comfortable with it.
How do you like to schedule a wedding day?
A photographers ability to stay on schedule will affect how your wedding day plays out. Good time management skills will really make things a lot easier for you. Find out whether they do portraits before or after the ceremony and how flexible they are to hearing your vision of your wedding pictures.
Do you shoot mostly in black and white or colour?
This is really personal preference. Just make sure that your photographer’s style fits with yours, or that they are flexible and willing to adjust to your vision.
How long have you been photographing weddings and how many weddings do you photograph a year?
Get a sense of your photographer’s experience and past works.
What do you love most about photographing weddings?
This question will help you gauge how passionate they are and it will also give you the chance t really see if they are genuinely excited to share your wedding day with you.
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