When choosing the vendors for your wedding day, it’s essential to find people you feel comfortable with and trust. It’s especially important when it comes to choosing a wedding photographer. Unlike the rest of your vendors, your photographer will be with you all day and the memories they capture will be lifelong ones!
I know it's tempting to just compare on pricing. But if wedding photography is a priority for you, while budget is a consideration, there are more important factors to consider. So as you’re interviewing potential photographers, take time to determine not just their prices, but also the style and quality of their images and whether their personality would be a good fit for you and your wedding day. Not sure what to ask? Check out these seven essential questions to help get you started!
How would you describe your wedding photography style?
Every photographer has a different style for their photos. Some like to observe and take documentary style photos of the day, while others specialise in carefully choreographed images. Ask your photographer not only to describe their style but also to show examples from previous weddings they’ve shot to give you a better idea of what to expect. You can also start to get a sense of their approach by looking through their Instagram feed, stories and website portfolio.
Have you shot a wedding at our venue before?
It often helps to have a photographer who is familiar with your venue and knows the best spots nearby for photos. However, if they’ve never shot a wedding at your venue before, that isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker. Ask if they’ll be checking out the venue before the wedding to find the perfect photo backdrops. For my couples, I always like to do an online or in person walk through ahead of the event to help me better prepare for the day. This also means I avoid wasting time searching for locations on the day. Plus I'm able to get my couple back to the cocktail hour that much quicker. #winning
What’s included in your wedding package?
Most photographers have standard packages or collections as well as extras you can add on for an additional fee. Be sure to ask what’s included in the packages, like the number of hours and prints or digital files, and be aware of any fees for travel or other costs.
What happens in the event of an emergency?
Be sure to ask any potential photographer about their backup plan in case they’re ill or unable to photograph your wedding because of an emergency. This may feel like an awkward question, but it’s important to know there’s a solid Plan B in place so you’ll get the wedding photos you want, regardless of unexpected circumstances. I have a network of photographers I can reach out to in the worst case scenario. But in over 10 years of doing this, I haven't had to use them yet! <knock on wood>
Can we view full galleries of your recent weddings?
You might have fallen in love with a photographer’s work when you saw it on their website, but a full gallery from a previous wedding can give you a better idea of the photographer’s style and skill. A complete gallery will also help you see if the photographer is consistent with the quality of their images. Looking through sample wedding albums is a great way to start to envision what your wedding pictures may look like.
How long have you been photographing weddings, and how many weddings have you shot?
It’s a great idea to ask about your potential photographer’s experience level, as well as their workload. You don’t want to hire someone who’s never photographed a wedding before to captures images of your big day. More experienced photographers are better able to cope with different lighting conditions and unexpected issues which always crop up. If your wedding photography is a priority - you probably don't want to be the guinea pig as a newbie is still trying to figure it all out.
What do you love about photographing weddings?
This question may sound like small talk, but it’s an excellent way to get a better understanding of a photographer’s personality and how they’ll approach your wedding day. After all, you want a photographer who’s (almost) as excited about your wedding as you are!
Taking time to interview potential photographers gives you a chance to ask all these important questions and address any concerns you have about your wedding day. Before speaking with a photographer, be sure to write down a list of questions you have and any other details you want to know, to ensure that you’re prepared.
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Hope you found this helpful. And if you are a laid back stylish bride looking for some great editorial portraits and heartfelt wedding photography, then I'd love to hear from you to start chatting about how I can help you document the wedding of your dreams. x
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