Your wedding is going to be the best day of your life! You’re working so hard to put everything together, bring all of your people into one place, and to have the best party ever!
But after it’s over, all that’s left is your memories. Your photographer will only have one shot to capture these once-in-a-lifetime moments! That’s why it’s crucial to you to pick the right one.
So to help you out, I’ve laid out the top 10 questions you should ask before you book your wedding photographer.
1 – Ask Yourself: Do You Get Along?
Out of all your vendors (and even maybe all your guests), your wedding photographer will be the one who’s following you around for most of the day. You’re going to get real close, and in some real intimate moments together! So it’s crucial that you feel like this is someone you can feel comfortable around, and someone who you can envision enjoying your wedding day with you!
2 – What is your photographic style?
Obviously a photo journalistic style looks vastly different from an editorial style. But the physical way that photographers shoot varies widely as well! Some couple prefer their photographers go bold and “do what it takes to get the shot” — others prefer a more reserved approach. Knowing how your photographer shoots on the day is a big factor in your resulting images!
3 – What is you primary photography specialty?
Not all types of photography are the same. Senior portraits take a different skill set compared to newborn photography, which is different from wedding photography. Understanding what a photographer shoots most will give you an idea of how comfortable and experienced they are in the wedding industry.
4 – Do you know how to use flash for lighting during a reception?
On the technical level, light is one of the most important elements that go into creating quality photographs. So your photographer should know how to work with all types of lighting environments. A lot of photographers do great when the sun’s out and there’s plenty of daylight. But what about when it gets dark? Or when the lights go dim for your reception and dances?
5 – What is the post-wedding process?
Every photographer has a different process and timeline for delivering your photographs. Do you get a website gallery? A USB? A wedding album? And if there is a wedding album, how do we go about creating and ordering it?
6 – Do you have liability insurance?
It’s a super rare occurrence, but what happens if your 87-year-old grandma trips over the leg of a light stand during the reception and cracks her hip? This is an extreme and exaggerated scenario, but knowing if your photographer has liability insurance to cover such incidences will give you a gauge on if they’re truly a professional business or not. I’d run if they don’t have insurance.
7 – What will your attire be?
As I mentioned above, your photographer will be the one who’s around you most for the day. So you want to make sure they can fit in and don’t wear anything that’s too distracting.
8 – Do you have backup equipment?
When it comes to gear failure, it’s not a case of “if” but “when”. Any professional should know that their gear has a limited shelf life and have proper backup equipment in the case something goes wrong.
9 – Do you provide a contract?
There’s a lot of details that go into the agreement, and a written contract will help protect both you and your photographer by having it all in writing. Be wary of any photographers who “don’t typically create a contract for their clients”.
10 – Will you be the one photographing my wedding?
There are a lot of large studios that have multiple photographers working under one company. So if you love the one that you met with and like their work, make sure they’re the one that’s going to be there on the day! Some companies don’t actually have you meet with your photographer in the booking process. So for all the aforementioned questions and reasons, make sure you can!
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