1: Are you the photographer that will photograph my wedding?
Make sure the photographer that you’ve hired to photograph your wedding is the ACTUAL photographer that will show up that day. Many times when hiring a studio, the studio can have 3-8 weddings in a single day. You should be able to meet with the photographer that will photograph your wedding when booking the day.
2: Can I see your three most recent wedding photography shoots?
Always ask to see the studio’s most recent wedding and engagement work. A general rule of thumb is to ask to see the most recent three weddings or engagement sessions. You’ll want to see full sessions, not just the edits.
3: What your photographic style?
Are they traditional, contemporary, photojournalistic or artistic?
The traditional style is a more formal way of shooting. Think stiff and a bit more rigid.
The contemporary style photographer is less formal and a bit more relaxed. Think loose but spontaneous.
A photojournalistic style is a documentary style that captures the day as it happens.
Think candid and fly on the wall.
The artistic style is based upon the photographer’s ability to create a unique set of images in their style.
4: Can you provide a shot list or guideline?
Some of the most candid images come from good planning. It helps to have an idea what images or moments a photographer looks for when photographing a wedding.
5: Can you provide additional photographers?
Large wedding parties are much better served with 2 photographers. A wedding with more then 150 guests it’s generally a good idea to have 2 photographers for multiple coverage.
6: Is there a limit on the amount of images you will shoot?
Some photographers have a cap on how many images they will make during wedding. Also ask how many images will be provided in the final product. If they shoot 4,000 images from an 8 hour wedding, many will you actually see? Do they offer 4×6 proofs or a wedding web gallery? Can they provide images on DVD? How many?
7: What types of albums do you offer?
Wedding albums styles vary. Some books are simple prints mounted on the page while others can be flush mount leather cover with images printed directly onto the page.
8: How long after your wedding will we receive your images?
What is the turnaround time for receiving images. Good workflow by a studio can get your images to you quickly.
9: How long will it take to receive the album?
Once you’ve approved your album design, how long will it take to deliver the album. Delivery times can vary. If you want your book by Christmas to show off to family and friends, by all means, communicate that with your photographer.
10: Is there a travel fee for different locations?
If your reception is far away from the ceremony site, you’ll want to know if there will be an additional fee for travel or miles.
11: Can you customize a package?
Maybe you don’t see a package that you like. Ask if the photographer can customize a package to suit your needs.
12: How much of a deposit is needed to book you?
It’s good to ask how much is needed to reserve the date as well as the fee schedule. Maybe they offer a payment plan.
13: Do you have a backup photographer in case something happens?
If something happens to the photographer on the day of your wedding does the photographer have someone to step in and do the shoot.
14: Do you have liability insurance?
Most reputable venues require the photographer to have liability insurance to work on their premises.
15: What is your cancellation policy?
Ask what happens if you need to cancel or postpone.