Important Questions to ask a Wedding Photographer

Bride Resources, Business, Weddings

Oct 5, 2021

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This is a long overdue blog post! I want to preface this by saying that the most important thing when interviewing a potential wedding photographer is PERSONALITY! You will be spending more time on your wedding day with your photographer(s) than your husband! You MUST enjoy their presence! I consider myself a pretty likable person but If you and I have completely different personalities, I may not be the best person to be shooting your day! If you take one piece of advice from this blog post, take this: Interview all of your vendors. DO NOT be scared to hop on a FaceTime. Make the time to do this and your dream wedding will come true! <3

How long have you been photographing weddings?

This is such an important question.  Yes, photographic experience is a must, but WEDDINGS are an entire different ballgame than portrait photography.  There are timelines to be followed and you have to work well and keep it together under pressure! Photographers either love shooting weddings or they hate the pressure. Me personally, I THRIVE under pressure and absolutely love the non-stop excitement of a wedding day!

Can I see a full wedding gallery

Photographers will obviously choose their best images to showcase on their website and social media. You want to see a full gallery so you can be sure that you are happy with their level of photography during all parts of the day! Especially the reception when there is likely going to be low lighting, which leads me to my next question:

Are you comfortable shooting in low light?

If your entire wedding and reception is outside during the day then this question may not be of importance to you. But if any portion of your event is inside or after the sun sets then you will want to make sure your photographer knows what he/she is doing with a flash.

Do you include a second shooter?

I personally consider a second shooter a must for a wedding BUT I know a ton of wedding photographers even ones that are close friends that prefer to shoot solo. There definitely isn’t a right or wrong answer here but it’s something you should definitely have a discussion about!

I’m sure you want to know my reasoning behind needing a second shooter. There are so many but my two top reasons are:The isle walk – One of us is focused on you and one of us is focused on your partners reaction. They could shed one single tear, or make one jaw dropping expression that lasts for 2 seconds… we want to make sure we capture that

TIME – We save so much time with two of us and we are able to tackle even the strictest of timelines (especially important if you do not do a first look)! I am with the girls most of the day and Cory with the guys!

Do you include and/or offer an engagement session?

It is SOOO important to do your engagement session with your wedding photographer for so many reasons

  • You get to know each other before the most important day of your life!
  • Your photographer gets to see what poses you two are good at
  • You get to feel more comfortable in front of the camera and learn all of the tips and tricks your photographer has for making you feel and look your best!

We love your photos, now what will our experience be like working with you?

Loving your photographers work is important, but having a great experience with them is equally important! Ask about your photographers experience leading up to the wedding day and what it’s like working with them on the wedding day! Do they stand back and blend in and capture the flow of the day? Or do they take charge and tell people where they need to be and when? Ask us about our experience! Thats a long blog post for another day 😉

How do you protect our photos? What happens if your memory card corrupts or your camera stops working?

A professional wedding photographer should absolutely always use a camera with dual memory card slots or have some other sort of automatic backup happening as they are shooting. It’s also important that they have a backup camera with them!

What if you are ill on our wedding day?

This is something that one never wants to think about but there should be a plan in place especially since COVID!

Does your package price include digital images and a print release

Again, there is no right or wrong answer to this question but you definitely want to be well aware of what you are paying for! We include all culled/edited digital images with a print release. Some photographers offer a set amount of photos with the option to purchase additional and some photographers will make you purchase any images you want.

How long until our wedding photos are ready? Engagement?

On average I see photographers having approx an 8 week turnaround. Anything less than 3 or more than 12 may be a red flag for you!

We personally have a 6-8 week turnaround but if we aren’t slammed, we like to under promise/over deliver 😉

Are there any extra costs 

These costs could be purchasing extra photos, extra hours of coverage, etc.

Our package is all inclusive so you do not have to purchase anything extra. We do offer a Photo Booth! You are also welcome to add on additional hours of coverage although we only recommend doing so if you are traveling between destinations for ceremony/reception or you do not want to do a faux exit. We also offer an Heirloom Album with our wedding package and most of our clients decide to upgrade that after the wedding to include additional spreads, upgrade the size or the material! Nothing is required, but lots of options!

Do you help craft timeline

THIS!!! Planners and cooredinators are amazing and most of our brides use one BUT no one knows how much time you need for photos better than your wedding photographer! We work together with you and your planner (if you have one) to craft the perfect photography friendly timeline! There is no one-size-fits-all here. Your timeline will differ based on many specifics about your day!

Do you provide a sneak peek

Could you imagine waiting 8 weeks with no sneak peek?! I’m pretty sure most professional wedding photographers offer one, but definitely a great question to ask!!

Questions you should not ask a Wedding Photographer

Can you change your editing style?

NO, sorry! Photography is an art. Most of us have spent years and many dollars perfecting our craft! We be happy to refer you to someone that has a more similar style to what you are looking for though

Can we have the raw images?

Okay so most of the time, this question is harmless because a non-photographer doesn’t quite know what raw images are. Raw images are in a file format that your computer won’t even be able to read without specific software. They are HUGE files… If I didn’t have an insanely upgraded hard drive, I wouldn’t even be able to fit a full wedding on it. They are also unedited. Again, photographers are artists. You wouldn’t ask a painter to deliver a half painted canvas. Also, we capture probably 4-5 thousand images. We are not going to get rid of any images of importance, I promise!. A percentage of those images you are half blinking, or are making a really awkward face BUT we have 8 more of the same thing. We over shoot 🙂

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