Planning a wedding means a lot of decision making. For most people, picking your photographer is up there with one of the biggest. That’s why I’ve made this list of Top Questions For Your Potential Wedding Photographer to hopefully make things a little easier.
There are so many great photographers out there it can be hard to know who to pick!
Once you’ve rounded down your options to a handful and are thinking of getting in touch, asking the right questions is essential in making sure they’re the right fit for you and your fiancé.
With so many possible questions to ask, here are my top recommendations to make sure there are no nasty surprises either on, or after your big day.
1. What’s your wedding photographers style?
Now this may sound pretty obvious but there are a few things to consider here.
By now you’ve seen some photos from the photographer and like their style. The consideration is, when did the photographer take those photos you’ve seen?
Some photos on their site or social media may be from 2 or 3 years ago and their style may have evolved by now, meaning what you see may be slightly different to their current shooting style.
Speak with your potential photographer and find out if your favourite images of theirs are reflective of their current style and if important to you, make sure to emphasise that that’s the style you’d like on your day should their style evolve between you booking them and your wedding which may not be until 12 or 18 months down the track.
Another question regarding style is their style of operating on the day. Do they like to jump in to make adjustments to make sure you get the best photos throughout the day? Or do they like to hang back and capture everything as candidly as possible?
Dig into this question with your potential photographer and see if their style vibes with what you’re looking for.
2) What’s your wedding photographers experience?
This is a big one. How long has your potential photographer been capturing weddings for? How many have they captured?
The more experience they have, the better outcome you’re likely to have. With experience comes the knowledge of how to overcome problems with scheduling, dresses, equipment malfunctions and more.
A photographer lacking experience could miss moments on your day and add stress rather than help to take it away.
Consider a photographer’s experience, if it meets your needs and if it’s reflective of their pricing.
3) How long until you get your photos?
I’ve heard some horror stories of couples waiting for months on end, sometimes up to a year or more to get their edited photos back.
In my experience you should not be waiting any longer than 30 days for your photos unless there’s some exceptional circumstances.
Check before booking with your potential wedding photographer what their average turnaround time is as well as their guaranteed maximum to avoid any potential disappointment after your big day.
4) Do they have a backup plan?
With wedding photography, one of the most important things both on your wedding day and after it’s over, is safely storing your photographs and creating reliable backups.
In a perfect world, all photographers have the perfect plan in place to ensure your photos are safe right up until delivery to you.
Unfortunately, the reality is there are a number of photographers out there who either don’t have a backup plan in place, or not a very good one.
A good photographer will have your photos backed up on site on your wedding day either as they go or the same day once your wedding is over. And once back in their office they should have them backed up twice, including online or somewhere offsite in case they are unfortunate enough to experience a house fire or burglary- it’s rare but it happens.
Ask your photographer if they have a plan in place and make sure you feel confident with it so you can enjoy your day knowing your precious memories will be in safe hands.
5) Do they have a contract?
If you’ve reached a point where you’re close to choosing your wedding photographer, ask them what their booking process is and does it include a contract?
A contract will make sure that an understanding is created between both you as the client and them as the photographer so that there’s no ambiguity about what you can both expect to receive from each other.
Has the photographer said they have a 30 day turnaround? Great. Make sure it’s in the contract. Has the photographer promised you a minimum number of photos? Awesome. Check it’s in the contract.
A contract goes both ways so make sure that you’re happy with everything in it and ask any questions you may have to the photographer so they can hopefully explain things clearly and put your conscience at ease.
That’s it for now! I hope this list has armed you with some key questions for your potential wedding photographer. There are plenty more tips and recommendations for your big day so stay tuned for more blog posts over the next few weeks. Also be sure to check out the rest of our site to take a look at the photos and videos we’ve captured for dozens of beautiful couples here in sunny Perth, Western Australia.