Top Tips - Questions to ask a Wedding Photographer
Updated: Jul 18, 2019
Once you've narrowed down your short list to two or three potential photographers, meet with each in person or arrange a phone call to see if you feel comfortable around them. We can't stress enough how important this is—almost as crucial as their skills behind the camera. You'll be spending your entire wedding day with this person and if you're at ease, you'll not only enjoy yourself more, but they'll also get better shots.
Aside from your gut instinct, ask these questions before choosing a photographer (since they're a little lengthy, email some when you're deciding with whom to meet):
Can I see a portfolio or a couple of examples of complete albums to make sure I’m happy with your style?
Would you describe your style as traditional, or reportage, or anything else, and are you able to shoot our wedding in the style that we want?
Do you take photos in black&white, colour, or both?
Would you be able to accommodate any ideas we may have in mind?
Is the album included in the price? (If not, you might be able to save money by buying your own album from the Confetti shop!)
What is provided as part of the service? How many pictures will be taken and how many will we get to choose for our album?
Do you charge a flat fee or work by the hour?
Can we keep the negatives and if not, is there an option to buy them?
Do you know the venue, and if not are you prepared to travel there before the wedding to familiarise yourself with it?
Will you be photographing the wedding yourself or sending an assistant?
How soon after the wedding will proofs be available?
How much is the deposit and when is it due? When is the balance due?
Do you have public liability insurance and indemnity? (All good photographers should be insured)
What happens if you are unwell and unable to make it on the day – do you know a photographer with the same style who could step in if necessary?
What happens if it rains?
Can my guests take their own pictures?
What is the cancellation/postponement policy?
What spare kit do you take – what happens if your camera breaks on the day?
Can you provide references?
Will my wedding be the only one you are shooting on that particular day?
Do you charge overtime fees?