wedding photographer questions - photo by Henry + Mac
Photo: Henry + Mac

From choosing a venue to styling tables, there's a lot of effort that goes into wedding planning. So before you get caught up in the excitement of it all, one of the first things you should do involves finding a wedding photographer that fits your budget (and a wedding videographer, if that's an option you'd like). Unlike other wedding day details, your photos serve as keepsakes for years to come. That's why we recommend asking photographers these questions to ensure you find the right one.

Will you be photographing more than one event on my wedding day?

First things first: Confirm your photographer is available on your wedding date. If the answer is yes, make sure the times you're asking are set in stone within your contract just in case the photographer books other weddings for the same day.

What sets your style apart from other photographers?

While the equipment used is important, wedding photography is about more than just knowing how to operate a camera. In addition to requesting to see their wedding portfolio, don't be afraid to ask questions about how they like to organize shoots either. Does your photographer prefer to be more interactive in the environment to choreograph shots? Or do they prefer to blend in with the crowd to capture candid moments as they unfold? 

Have you photographed at my venue before?

If your photographer is familiar with your venue, they'll already know the best angles and lighting for your photos. You're also at an advantage here because they can suggest new photo ideas you may not have considered with other locations.

Do you charge a travel fee and what does it cover?

If your wedding venue is out of range for the photographer, make sure they can accommodate your site. If it's possible, be prepared for any additional costs.

How many photographers will be on site?

If you're consolidating with a studio, don't assume the photographer you've consulted will be the only one on site (or on site at all). Know who you'll be working with before your wedding and request to meet them in person so you're comfortable working with them day of. If more than one photographer will be present, ask if there will be an additional fee for their services as well.

wedding photographer questions - photo by Megan Clouse
Photo: Megan Clouse

What time will you arrive, and how long will you stay at my wedding site?

If the photographer has more than one wedding booked the same day, make sure the exact duration of their day-of services is outlined in your contract. With a solo photographer, ask how they plan to employ another photographer in case they are unable to make it due to an emergency (a photography company typically offers backup photographers).

What packages do you offer?

Understand the services each photographer offers from the ordering processes to the finished products and refund policies. If you want to customize a package based on your needs, specify your requests and confirm them with your photographer within the contract.

Will I have the digital rights to my wedding photos?

If you plan on previewing your wedding album to your Facebook friends, keep this one in mind. Securing digital rights to your wedding photography will allow you to share your photos on social media without watermarks.

How will you retouch my photos?

Some photographers will show you the untouched photos prior to editing. Ask how they plan to optimize your photos through retouching and color adjustments so you know what to expect.  If the photographer would like to submit your wedding to magazines, blogs or other digital publications, this can influence how they edit photos as well.

How long after the wedding until we receive our photos?

Receiving your photos is an exciting time, and you'll probably want to share your photos as soon as possible! Keep in mind it can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to finalize all of them, so clarify this with your photographer in advance.

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