What Questions Should You Ask a Photographer for your Wedding or Elopement?

What Questions should you ask a Photographer for your Wedding or Elopement?

So you’re starting to plan your Wedding or Elopement and you’re ready to hire your photographer. THAT’S AWESOME!!! Below you’ll find some great questions to ask your potential photographers when you’re starting the conversation with them. You’ll also find a downloadable checklist below to bring along with you to the meeting!

Here’s the rundown!

Basic Questions

Is my Date available?

How long have you been photographing weddings?

Have you ever shot a wedding at our venue/location?

Can I see a sample gallery?

How far in advance do you usually book? When should I book with you?

How do you describe your photography style?

If you’re unfamiliar with this just ask for examples.

What do you love most about photographing weddings?

What sets you apart from other wedding/elopement photographers?

questions to ask your photographer

Logistics

How many events will you photograph that weekend?

Some Photographer’s have associates who will photograph weddings in their place if they’ve already been booked for the same date. You’ll have someone else shooting the wedding but most of the time it’s the same style captured and just as professional.

Is my wedding the one you will be photographing?

Will you have an assistant or second photographer with you?

How much is it to add another Photographer?

Will there be a contract (HINT THERE SHOULD ALWAYS BE ONE!)

What happens if you’re sick? Do you have a plan?

Are you insured?

questions to ask your photographer

Technical

What kind of equipment do you use?

Do you shoot digital, film or both?

Do you have equipment backups?

Prints/Images

How long will it take to get my images back?

Will you edit/color correct my images?

How do you deliver the images?

How many images do you deliver?

Can I order prints through the gallery?

Is there a print release?

This is a letter stating that you, the client, can take your images to any printing facility you would like to have your images printed at. (HINT: Don’t have your images printed at Wal-Mart or CVS, find a reputable printing company or ask your photographer for a suggestion.)

questions to ask your photographer

Pricing/Packages/Payments

What are you prices/packages like? Are they per hour or grouped into packages?

How much is it to add on a second photographer if you do not have one with you?

Are there any travel fees that I should know about?

Do you include an engagement session?

What are your add ons?

Do you offer a photo booth?

Can we order prints or albums directly from you? What are the costs?

How much is the deposit? When do you need the deposit by?

Is there a payment schedule/payment plan?

Do you have a refund or cancellation policy? If so, what is it?

questions to ask your photographer

Extras!

Be sure to think about whether your personalities go well together or clash!

Think about whether you simply just need coverage or want a forever friend. Your photographer is with you ALL DAY - so it helps to vibe well with them.

Do you feel comfortable with the photographer?

Need a printable checklist of all of the above questions? CLICK HERE for a Downloadable PDF with everything listed above.

There you have it! Some really great questions to ask a Wedding or Elopement Photographer when you’re inquiring about their services. If you’re unsure of what some of the questions mean ask for clarification. Your photographer should be more than happy to answer any and all questions.

If you’re on the hunt for a photographer I would absolutely love to chat with you about the vision you have for your big day to learn more about you guys and your love story.

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