The choice of the wedding photographer is an important step in the progress of the preparations. And we know from experience that you don’t want to go wrong.
So if you are lost in all the possibilities available to you, we give you the 5 questions that you absolutely must ask in an appointment with a photographer.
The 5 important questions to ask to your photographer
1. What is your background / experience in wedding?
Behind this question, what you want to know is if he / she has mastered his subject. Wedding is a very specific category (like fashion, studio, etc.), and not all photographers have mastered all disciplines. How many weddings has he / she covered in his / her career, or even the number of weddings he / she photographs per year is an indication.
For example: a photographer who has done 1 wedding per year for the last 10 years, we can imagine that this is not quite his specialty.
2. What is your style? Your way of working?
Being able to understand in a few sentences what to expect as a result is essential. If you’ve contacted him, you probably liked what you saw, but it’s even better to understand how this rendering was achieved. It’s possible that you like a certain rendering, but the process to get it isn’t right for you.
For example: you love the photos of a photographer, and he explains to you that on D-day everything is prepared and posed, whereas you would like everything to be natural and candid.
In the question on style, you can also talk about the color rendering.
3. Is it possible to see a full wedding gallery?
Seeing a full gallery of one (or more) weddings gives a more global view of the work. This will ensure that your judgment is not based solely on the portfolio or Instagram (which shows the best photos from several weddings for a more impactful effect).
If the photographer’s site has one, check out the blog’s stories. They often contain 30 to 100 photos which already give you a nice first look.
4. What does your service include?
Number of hours of coverage, type of editing applied, delivery times and support, access to photos to guests, travel costs included or not… Make sure that everything you need is included in the package or available in option.
The last question is not for your photographer, but for yourself.
5. Do you have the feeling? And reciprocally?
Having the photos you like is important, but it may not be enough. Only you, know what kind of relationship you would like to have with your photographer: cordial but distant / friendly / best buddies? And this relationship can impact the result. If you’re not sure you can project yourself with him / her all day, make a second appointment or turn to someone else.
Just as if a photographer prefers to redirect you to a colleague, don’t take it personally. Better an honest photographer than a disappointing result.
These are for us the questions to ask absolutely and above all else. But the list is not exhaustive. If you want to take it a step further, here are some bonus questions.
- Do you have back-up equipment in the event of a breakdown?
- Do you have professional insurance?
- What are the booking / payment conditions?
- Do you have a contract?
- What happens between today and D-Day?
And any questions that might come to you… Nothing is useless or stupid.
You have found your photographer, great! To go further, the guide “High Five Your Wedding Photographer!” is available in the shop: HERE (for now in French only, soon in English)
This guide takes a typical wedding day step by step, and helps you to collaborate the best with your photographer. For a better wedding day and better photos!
You can also refer to this article from Junebug Weddings