Questions to Ask Your Photographer!

By: Majestic Event Planning

1. How long have you been a photographer? This question shouldn't affect whether you hire them or not! You should base your decision on their portfolio and personable manner. Remember that all photographers start somewhere and it's not about the number of weddings that they have shot at, it's their knowledge and work ethic that matter.

2. How many weddings do you do each weekend? You want a photographer that says they shoot one wedding per day. This will ensure that they will not rush their work and will be more relaxed and helpful on your special day.

3. Are you insured? This goes for all of your vendors! Always make sure your vendors are insured just in case of anything!

4. Do you have an assistant? It's important for your photographer to have a second shooter. When it comes down to taking photos at your ceremony, you want the first photographer to focus on you while you are walking down the aisle. The second shooter will be able to focus on the reactions of your fiancé and your guests as they see you walking down the aisle. Also having a second shooter will be beneficial for when you are getting ready. Your main photographer can take their time and take shots of you while the second shooter can focus on your financé's final touches in getting ready.

5. Are you familiar with my venue? Photographers love to be prepared for your wedding. If they are not familiar with the venue, you can set up an appointment with your venue and your photographer so they can see the venue with you being there before hand. Your photographer may also begin suggesting where photos can be taken as well.

6. What is your preferred style of shooting? Photographers are not all the same! They all have their own style! Some of the different styles include:

  • Traditional

  • Illustrative

  • Artistic

  • Photojournalism

  • Natural lighting

7. How many hours does your package include? This is crucial because if you want photos from the time you are getting ready all the way through to photos of everyone dancing, then you need to plan accordingly.

8. What is the cost of additional hours? Some photographers' packages are 6-8 hours, but will vary by photographer and their particular packages. The amount of time typically begins when the photographer arrives to take photos of the bride getting ready. If you want the photographer to be there until the end of the reception, you may have to request this in advance. Remember that they do typically charge an additional fee for every additional hour.

9. Do you bring in extra lighting? They should say YES! A good photographer has their own lighting and all required equipment necessary to deliver quality photos!

10. Do you work from a list of specific shots? They will most likely say yes, so ask them to see the list.

11. What if I want to have certain specific shots taken, will you do it? Once they say yes, check with them in terms of how and when these shots will happen.

12. How many photos do you take and how many will I receive? Usually photographers take anywhere from 1,200 - 1,500 photos at your wedding. That being said, that doesn't necessarily mean you will get all of those! The photographer picks the best photos and gives you roughly anywhere from 150 - 300.

13. What if I need a particular photo retouched, what is the cost of that? There might be an extra charge for this because it will take the photographer time to fix the photo!

14. How long does it take for me to see some sneak peeks? This differs for each photographer. Some might give you a teaser the next day or within 48 hours of your wedding. This should be in their contract.

15. How long does it take for me to receive all my photos? Usually it takes anywhere from 4-6 weeks. Also make sure that they state this in their contract.

16. Are prints included? Most digital photographers charge extra for prints, so ask if they are having any sales on prints.

17. How do I receive my photos? You will most likely receive your photos with access to an online album. Most photographers have a specific database and keep your photos in a private album that is password protected. They provide you with the credentials to access the album in an email and will also include instructions on how to access and download your photos to your own computer.

18. Will my photos be used for advertisement? Photographers love to showcase their beautiful work and in this era expect to see your photos on their social media platforms. Most couples are flattered to see their photos getting many likes on social media; however, if you are not comfortable having your photos being displayed online politely let your photographer know.

19. Do you have a back up plan if for some reason you are not able to show up?

Your photographer is anticipating being there, but if for some reason they have an emergency situation, they should have an established plan B.

20. Do you have a contract stating all your responsibilities, terms and policies? This is something you should be asking all of the vendors that you hire. They should always have a contract for you to sign!

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