9 Things You Should Ask a Wedding Photographer
Important bits and pieces that you need to know
When you meet with your potential wedding photographers then make sure you ask them these vital questions. It’s so important to have these things covered to make sure that everything goes smoothly before, on and after the big day. Your photographer should hopefully have most of this covered. But just incase they haven’t, here are a few things to think about and ask when you meet them. Let’s start with the heavy hitters AKA the most important info…
1/ DO YOU HAVE A BACKUP PLAN?
A professional photographer should always have at least two cameras with them on the wedding day. I always carry three and the main two have two card slots that record simultaneously. Ideally they should have backup lenses, flashguns and tripods too! And plenty of cards and batteries.
Find out if they have a contingency plan for sickness on the day. I am part of a group of lady photographers and we have an agreement to step in short notice if absolutely necessary.
2/ DO YOU HAVE INSURANCE?
Another super important one! Pro photographers should have public liability to protect you and your guests in case of injury relating to their actions or equipment. They should also have professional indemnity to cover the cost of compensation in the case of catastrophic failure on their part and an inability to fully cover the wedding as arranged.
3/ WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE?
This might seem obvious but it’s important to figure out right from the start so you know exactly what to expect. Are you looking for just coverage, coverage and digital images, prints, albums, second shooters? Make sure you know what you’re getting so there are no disappointments later on.
I’d recommend seeing a copy of the contract and reading through with a fine tooth comb so you don’t get any unexpected surprises. The contract should include; your names, the wedding date and venue, the figure agreed upon and what’s included at the very least.
4/ DO I HAVE TO SIGN A CONTRACT?
The answer to this from any reputable photographer should be “Yes you do!” My contract protects my couples as much as it protects me so please do make sure you have a contract with your photographer.
5/ CAN I REQUEST SPECIFIC IMAGES?
Most Photographer will be open to suggestions and specific shot requests but some can see it as an infringement on their creative style. My opinion is that I’m there for my couple so I will always be totally open to getting any shots they request. But I do generally ask that we don’t try to perfectly recreate shots from Pinterest. My thinking is that they want to work with me because they love my style and approach. There’s a sliding scale with this one so do feel welcome to ask as it’s important that your photographer is on the same page as you guys.
6/ WHEN WILL WE RECEIVE OUR PHOTOS?
Again, this one varies from one photographer to another, so it’s good to ask so you know what to expect. Also it’s worth asking to see a copy of the contract before committing to anything. If it’s in the contract that you should receive the photos within 4 weeks then you should receive them within that time frame, as they are bound by that. There are those with long lead times so just be sure that you’re happy to wait before signing up.
7/ HAVE YOU EVER SHOT AT MY VENUE?
This one is good to know but not vital. Most pro photographers will either feel totally confident to walk into any new environment and photograph it beautifully or they will plan a visit ahead and do a reccie of the venue to really familiarise themselves with all the best spots.
I tend to arrive mega early if I’ve not photographed a venue before so I can find all the best locations.
8/ WHAT’S YOUR SECOND SHOOTER LIKE?
If you’re having a second shooter you should feel confident that they are going to fit in well with your tribe too. So feel free to ask what they’re like. Most of us are VERY picky about who we have along as a second shooter as they represent us and our brand on the day but it’s always worth asking.
9/ WHAT INFORMATION DO YOU NEED FROM ME BEFORE THE DAY?
This is a good one to ask because it will give you an insight into how much they prepare for your wedding. I always send out a comprehensive questionnaire a few months before the wedding. This is to gather all the contact details/backup tel. numbers, addresses and timings plus a full group photo list. This is so I’m well prepared before the big day arrives and can advise you on adjustments to timelines depending on the group photo numbers etc.
Also, be sure to inform them of any surprises you have planned for the day so they don’t miss a thing! This is why hiring a pro photographer is so important. We have experience of knowing where to be at the right time, where to get the best shots, events that will unfold at certain times and likely photos that will capture the true emotion of the day.
The photographer should make you feel totally at ease. No question is a silly question and your photographer should cover all this for you so when they say ‘do you have any questions’ you draw a blank and feel confident in them and that everything you need to know has been discussed.
When looking for a Wedding Photographer here a few questions to ask yourself:
1/ Do I feel a positive connection with this photographer and their work?
2/ Am I comfortable with this person and confident in their work?
3/ Has this photographer listened well and addressed all my concerns?
4/ Do I trust this person to capture the biggest day of my life?
Your photographer should answer any questions you have and address any concerns, if you come away with any worries then perhaps get back in touch with them or get in touch with someone else and see how you feel. Go with your gut, if you love their work, feel confident with them and feel you can trust them, then get them booked.