There are a lot of wedding blogs out there telling you what questions to ask before hiring your wedding photographer. However, a lot of times those questions aren’t important and don’t tell you what you really need to know. I went ahead and put together the most important questions to ask your wedding photographer before you hire them, to ensure you are hiring someone who has experience, someone you trust, and someone you’ll love capturing the biggest day of your life.
How many weddings have you shot? How long have you been a photographer?
This shows their level of experience in weddings and in taking photos.
Do you have insurance?
Many venues will require your photographer to have liability insurance. If they’re a legit business, they will have this.
What are your favorite moments/parts of a wedding day to photograph?
This can help you see if your most important photos align with what they love to photograph. It also gives a better feel of who they are as a photographer.
What’s your approach to a wedding day?
This will tell you if they are a more fly on the wall photographer, giving little direction and capturing more moments. Maybe they are more direct. They’ll tell you where the best light is, guide you through poses, etc. If you’re looking for someone to guide you through poses and their approach is more journalistic and candid, you may want to hire the photographer who will guide you. This may also help you see what you may not of known you want.
How would you describe your photography style?
Does this match what you’re looking for?
Can we see some full galleries?
Photographers only share their best photos online, but having the chance to view the entire gallery will make sure that everything from the family photos to the party is beautiful and align with what you want
Do you work with second photographers and who are they?
How do you back up clients’ photos?
Make sure they have a process and a process that ensures your photos are safe.
Do you have backup gear that you bring on the wedding day?
The same thing, shows they have a process to ensure your photos are safe and they are able to photograph the day should something happen.
What does the experience look like A-Z once we book?
How often can we expect to hear from you? What are they helping you with in regards to photography? Are they helping build a photo timeline? Will they do a walkthrough of the venue? Sending guides and tips?
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