I’ve put together a guide to help you find the right wedding photographer and give you a little more confidence in meeting and talking to prospective photographers!
Planning a wedding is a stressful event that seems to last forever. There are so many different things to choose, plan and set and never enough hours in the day. And your wedding photography? That’s another story entirely. You have to choose the perfect person to capture your wedding photos, make sure you get along and trust them to preserve your wedding day forever! Not an easy task, and I know every blushing bride wants to be prepared.
So I’ve put together a little checklist for my brides, prospective clients and readers to help them out when testing the waters with possible wedding photographers. You might not choose to ask all of these, but they’re definitely something to consider. Also, I’d advise against copying-and-pasting these questions directly to a photographer – as many will see it as a spam email and may not think you value their services. When first approaching a photographer you want to work with, I recommend asking about their style and approach as a photographer individually and letting them show you why you should choose them over every other person with a camera.
- What is your style?
- How many hours of coverage do you provide?
- If things run late or my wedding is delayed, will you stay later to capture the events? Is there an extra charge?
- Do we sign a contract when booking?
- Is there a deposit to pay?
- Do you charge travel expenses?
- Do you require a meal or will you bring your own lunch?
- Can I submit my wedding photos to wedding blogs?
- What will you wear?
- What equipment do you use?
- Can I write a list of shots I would like taken?
- When will the images be ready?
- Do you supply a USB / gallery / CD / album / prints?
- Is there a second photographer available?
- What happens if you are ill on the day of our wedding?
- Can I see two previous full wedding galleries?
- Do we get black and white images too?
- What if it rains?
Obviously every photographer will be different, but it’s important that you have an idea of what you want and what you will receive when you are booking a photographer! I hope these questions give you some inspiration about how to talk to your photographer!