Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

Wedding Photographer 2020

I am sure you must be thrilled as the moment you have been waiting for is near now. However, besides excitement comes a lot of responsibilities related to wedding preparation, like booking your venue, hiring vendors, finalizing attire, etc.

The most important and the most time-consuming of all is selecting wedding vendors, especially the wedding photographer. I am sure you know the procedure of choosing a wedding photographer! It’s simple – go online, research, select ten professional photographers whose profile interests you, read through their website, and then narrow your search to the top three to five photographers. Once you have the list of top five photographers, it is advised to interview them personally. Here is a list of questions to ask your wedding photographer:

  1. Do you have my date available?
  2. How far in advance you want me to book with you?
  3. How long have you been working as a professional photographer in the city?
  4. What made you choose wedding photography as a profession?
  5. How many weddings in total have you shot?
  6. Have you done any that was similar to mine in size and style?
  7. How are you different from other professional photographers in the city?
  8. What do you think is your USP when it comes to wedding photography?
  9. What photography styles are you most skillful at (e.g., traditional, candid, photojournalistic, moody, fine-art)?
  10. How would you describe your working style?
  11. What do you usually prefer to use: film or digital photography?
  12. What type of cameras and other photography equipment do you use for wedding photography?
  13. Do you use the latest techniques in wedding photography styles?
  14. Do you specialize specifically in indoor or outdoor events, or can you handle both?
  15. Can I have an updated portfolio of the full wedding to review?
  16. Can I have a look at your credentials and qualifications?
  17. Do you work independently or under contract with a studio?
  18. Will you be the one who will cover my wedding? If not, then can I speak to the assigned photographer?
  19. Will you be bringing an assistant with you to the wedding? If yes, then how many?
  20. Do they possess the necessary experience and expertise to cover weddings similar to mine in size and style?
  21. Are the assistant photographers’ part of the package, or do I need to pay an additional amount for their services?
  22. Do you carry backup equipment in case an emergency happens at an event?
  23. What type of wedding coverage do you provide to your clients?
  24. Do you think my wedding venue is ideal for the photo-shoot?
  25. Do you accept specific photo requests from your clients?
  26. What are the different wedding photography packages that you offer?
  27. Do you offer customizable wedding photography packages to your clients?
  28. Do you allow your clients to customize their packages according to their budget?
  29. How many clients have you covered to date?
  30. Are you currently working on any project?
  31. Can I have some references for your previous clients?
  32. What are your payment options and terms?
  33. When do you want me to give you a list of specific shots we would like?
  34. Can I have a few samples of your wedding photography work?
  35. How do you bill your clients: a fixed fee or per hour of service provided?
  36. How much will you charge for every extended hour of coverage?
  37. Would you be giving me an itemized detail of the costs or total amount?
  38. How much of the total money do I need to deposit in advance?
  39. Is the advance deposit refundable?
  40. What happens if I need to cancel the reservation?
  41. Do you provide a written contract for each client you work with?
  42. Do you have a backup plan if you are unable to shoot my wedding for some reason?
  43. Are you covering other events on the same day as mine?
  44. Do you and your assistants follow a dress code?
  45. Have you ever got a chance to work at my wedding venue before? If not, then will you check it out in advance?
  46. What time will you be arriving at the wedding venue?
  47. Do you have liability insurance?
  48. Do you charge a travel fee also? If yes, then what does that cover?
  49. Do you also provide retouching, color adjustment, or other corrective services?
  50. How long after the wedding can I expect the proofs?
  51. How many final images should I expect to receive in the package?
  52. Do you also help with creating an album? If yes, then can you show me some album designs?
  53. What is the ordering process, and how long after I order my album will I get it?
  54. Will you provide me the digital negatives or unlimited downloads so I can make my prints?
  55. Have you ever got a chance to work with my videographer? Coordinator? etc.
  56. If I hire you, when can I expect a written contract?
  57. What information do you need from me before the event?
  58. Do you have liability insurance in case an unfortunate situation occurs?

Summing it up

These are the 58 questions to ask your wedding photographer. I hope this list helps you finalize the best wedding photographer. Ensure you hire only when you get satisfactory answers for the above-mentioned question from the wedding photographer. Moreover, don’t miss to see whether you are comfortable with the photographer or not. If you don’t feel comfortable with the photographer, it’s better to interview another. Try to build a solid rapport with your photographer so that he/she can give you the best pictures of your wedding!

Happy Wedding….. ☺ ☺