1. Can you shoot on our chosen wedding date?
Before you ask any additional questions, you should know the photographer’s availability on your wedding day. If the photographer can’t shoot on your chosen date or is not available then you save time asking any questions and searching for any other wedding photographer.
2. What do your wedding packages include?
Talking and clearing up about pricing and packages is a must. All the wedding photographers offer various pricing options for different tiered packages. Some photographers offer packages that include a certain number of hours, albums, engagement photos, prints, and a second photographer. You should clarify what is included in the final price and what add-ons will cost additional fees, such as a travel fee, pre-wedding events, and overtime hours. Depending on your budget book the photographer.
3. How long have you been a professional wedding photographer?
The more experienced photographers will give you excellent photos to properly preserve. Because you have to get all the beautiful images from the most precious moments of your wedding day. For this, it is very important to know how many weddings they’ve shot as a lead photographer as well their experience. Getting a wedding photographer with less experience is not necessarily a deal-breaker. But it should be considered when you’re making your final decision. One can also ask for testimonials from past clients.
4. How would you describe your wedding photography style?
A wedding photographer can be the best in the business in terms of quality and skill. There are so many different types of styles of photography such as documentary, completely candid, and traditional. If the style of the photographer doesn’t match your wedding vision, then they are not the best fit for the special day. To get more ideas related to the photographer you can go through their website and social media accounts.
5. Can we see a full wedding gallery?
As it is said that pictures speak louder than words. It is important that you ask to see an entire completed album to see rather than listening to client testimonials or the wedding photographer’s experience. You should ask to see their past work, to get a sneak peek of what you can expect on your big day. Ask for a full wedding gallery. This full wedding gallery is a comprehensive shot list, including the pre-wedding, the ceremony, and all reception functions.
6. Do you have a backup plan in place?
Life is unpredictable, so it is better to have a backup plan or plan B. What if something went wrong and the photographer is unable to photograph your wedding, it’s nice to know they have some sort of backup plan in place. The photographer should be taking certain precautions. This could mean everything from having an additional camera, extra memory cards, and flash.
7. Can we ask for specific shots or setups?
You and your partner may wish to have a particular type of shot on a special day. Make sure to ask your related photographers whether they’ll shoot it or will charge an additional fee. Most photographers take photo requests by which they will know what is important. They also have a shot list of photos. Some of the photographers ask you to fill out a questionnaire in which you can indicate which shots are the most important to you.
8. Have you shot a wedding like ours before?
Knowing your photographer’s style and also whether he has shot a wedding like ours before may help you. Ask the photographer to show you similar photos or shoot. So it can help you get more ideas related to the shooting. It will also inspire you and make you trust your photographer.
9. When and how can we expect to receive our photos?
Ask your photographer how soon after your wedding day they will send your photos. Because once the wedding day is over, the excitement to see your wedding photos start building. Surely the wedding photographer will likely take their time editing the photos. Still, you should have an idea that how long they will need to provide the photos. Make sure to ask them how they will deliver and if they’ll share teasers or not.
10. How do we finalize hiring?
Once you feel you got all the wedding photographer questions and the photographer will be a perfect fit for your special day, the last question to ask asks what they need to complete your deal or the next steps needed in order to hire them for your big day. This might include signing a contract, paying them a deposit, understanding liability insurance, and also refund and cancellation policies.