Important Questions to Ask Before Booking Your Wedding Photographer
Finding the right wedding photographer can be a long, tedious process. After all, it is an important decision, with many factors to take into account when interviewing candidates.
The last thing you want is to be disappointed with the photos of your special day or have unexpected problems arise along the way. To ensure you book the perfect person for the job, make sure to ask your potential photographer the following questions:
Request to See Their Portfolio
It goes without saying that you shouldn’t book a wedding photographer without seeing examples of their work first. The first thing to do is politely ask your photographer to see an updated version of their portfolio, so that you can get a feel for their photography style and level of experience. Make it clear what your creative preferences are for your wedding photos. If it’s not a great match with their style, you may want to look for someone else.
Ask to Provide References
While a photographer’s portfolio is a good indication of their skills, style and talent, you should still ask for references. It’s important to find out their personality and how past clients have felt about working with them. After all, you will be spending a lot of time with this person throughout your wedding day and leading up to it.
Politely ask questions such as these: Were they on time at previous wedding events? Were they pleasant and cooperative to collaborate with? How did they act around guests? These are crucial things to know if you want everything to go smoothly. While you’re at it, check out their social media and Google business profiles for reviews and ratings of their photography services.
Check if Backup Photographers are Available
There’s always the possibility that your chosen photographer can’t make the wedding due to unforeseen circumstances. It’s a good idea to ask your photographer for contact details for a back-up shooter in case of emergencies.
What are the copyright restrictions?
Will you have the right to share your wedding photos on online platforms? Copyright restrictions can get tricky, so it’s best to be aware of them well ahead of time.
Is there a second photographer available?
It can really useful to have a second photographer on deck, just to provide another unique perspective of your wedding day – for example, on person to focus solely on the wedding party, while another photographer takes pictures of the extended family and guests. This can be particularly helpful for weddings involving many people and multiple locations, where it’s almost impossible for one photographer to capture every special moment. However, having an assistant or a second shooter may cost extra, so you’ll need to decide whether it’s worth the additional cost.
Ask About Their Experience with Your Preferred Venue
It’s crucial that your wedding photographer is well prepared for potential lighting issues or restrictions at your chosen venue. For example, if you’re having an outdoor wedding, they must know how to handle unpredictable weather and lighting changes. If it’s an indoor wedding, it’s essential they have experience with different types of artificial lighting. Different types of indoor venues have specific lighting requirements and challenges, so it’s important that your photographer tests it out beforehand.
If you haven’t actually decided on your venue yet, you could take this opportunity to ask your potential photographer for some tips. If they have a lot of experience in the role, they probably have loads of great venue suggestions that you could take on board.
Confirm Payment Options and Requirements
What deposit is required and when is it due? Are there any special packages available? For example, if you book early, your photographer may offer great package deals on engagement shoots, prints and video services.
Ask When the Photos Will be Delivered
Some wedding photographers can take a really long time to deliver photos. To save you the disappointment and frustration of waiting around, ask your photographer in advance how long it usually takes to see the photos after a wedding. This way, you’ll know what to tell people when they ask to see pictures of your special day.
Written By: Harper Reid “Harper is an Auckland-based creative writer with a deep love for rainbows, corgi puppies, pink gel pen doodles, and all travel-related goodness. In the past, she has enjoyed writing for local events and business sites such as Hercules Gazebo. Head over to her Tumblr page to discover more about Harper and her published work.”