1. Do you have a portfolio we can review? How recent are the pictures?
The best way to decide if a photographer is right for your wedding is to view previous work. It is also important to know that the photographs are recent as the photographer’s camera equipment may now be different.
2. How many weddings have you shot?
If your potential photographer has moderate experience with wedding photography, it may not be a deal breaker. Many amateur photographers have a great eye and offer decent rates. If your photographer is new to the business, ensure that you have a list of photos that are a must and perhaps provide some guidance by providing examples of photos that you love.
3. How would you describe your style?
The last thing you want is to hire a photographer whose style does not match that of your wedding. A photographer who has a traditional style will not bode well with your beach wedding and vice versa. You want your photos to be an extension of your wedding style.
4. Have you ever worked at my wedding site before?
If not, do you plan to check it out in advance? Photographers who familiarize themselves with a location prior to the wedding will be prepared for any lighting issues or restrictions, and will know how best to incorporate the site’s architectural elements into the photos.
5. What time will you arrive and how long will you be on site?
This will help you with scheduling and ensure that you have enough time to capture all the shots that you have your heart set on.
6. Will you allow us to submit a list of photos that we want?
While you want to allow your photography creativity freedom, if there are specific shots that you want it is important that your photographer is receptive.
7. Do you provide retouching, color adjustment or other corrective services?
Ask for clarification on what is included in the package. Having to pay for color adjustment or corrective services can add significant cost to the original price of the package.
8. When can expect to receive the contract?
Never, we repeat never, book a photographer that does not provide a contract! A contract should protect both parties and the terms should be simple and concise.
9. How long will it take to receive the pictures?
While it is typical to take weeks, if not months in peak wedding season, the estimated delivery date should not be an open-ended deadline.
10. How do you both feel about the photographer?
You should feel comfortable and be confident that all your questions or concerns are properly addressed. Remember, these photos are what will remain after your wedding day so it is important to confront potential issues sooner than later!