Important Questions to Ask Photographers Before You Book

Not sure where to start when it comes to hiring your wedding photographer? We’ve drafted a list of the important asks that will help you finding your perfect match!

The key to finding the perfect wedding vendors that you will fall in love with? Interviewing them before you sign on the dotted line! Think about it, you’ll be spending a good chunk of time with these people on your big day, especially your photographer! Not only do you need to love their shooting style, but you need to make sure that your personalities work well together too.  So how do you determine who to choose?

  • First – you need to fall in love with their shooting style! Research online and look at their website portfolios, check reviews on the Knot or Wedding Wire, look at their Instagram or Facebook. Find the photographer and style that speaks to you and your vision.
  • Second – figure out if you click with them on a personal level. You need someone who could be your friend too. The more comfortable you are with them, the more authentic and real your photos will be.

After you have narrowed down your short list, begin the interview process with this list of questions you should ask every photographer.

  1. What style(s) do you specialize in? You’ll want to make sure they shoot portraits if those classic wedding photos are important to you.
  2. Will the photos be retouched or edited in any way? Is that done before I see the proofs? Some photogs will will edit all your photos, while some will show you untouched, raw images.
  3. How many weddings have you shot? How many wedding s do you do each year? Hire someone who knows what they are doing and is skilled at getting all those important moments.
  4. What is included in your packages? Do they provide a print package, album, engagement shoot?
  5. How many hours of coverage is included? This helps you plan your day – are getting ready photos important? If not, you can cut additional hours prior to the wedding
  6. What is the deposit and total fee? You’ll want to know the bottom line amount and when payment is due.
  7. Will you be my actual photographer or will it be one of your associates? If you are speaking to a larger company, there might be many photographers available. Make sure you get the one you want and that fits your style.
  8. What happens if you get sick or are unable to shoot my wedding? Is there a backup?
  9. Does the package I’m interested in include an assistant or second shooter? If you are planning on a large wedding or want getting ready shots of the bride and groom, you’ll want a second shooter to catch every last moment of the day.
  10. Have you ever shot at my venue? The more familiar a photographer is with the venue, the easier it will be for them to get the photos they need

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