15 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer
With many of us now unable to leave our homes because of the Coronavirus pandemic, it shouldn’t stop you from choosing your key wedding suppliers. One supplier that this is the perfect time to choose is your photographer, as you’ll be able to spend time browsing through online portfolios and making phone or video calls. Deciding on a wedding photographer can be difficult. With such a variety of options to choose from, and so much talent out there, it can be hard to compare. To help you decide which photographer is right for you, you may wish to ask these 15 questions when you speak to them.
[photo by David Bostock Photography]
Do you work alone or do you give the option of a second shooter?
Some photographers will be happy to capture your big day on their own. Some choose to include a second shooter in their wedding package. You may want to enquire about this second shooter and ask how much extra it will cost. Having an additional photographer means that two angles can be shot at once, which is especially great for ceremonies. More cameras mean more of your big day can be captured.
If there’s a last-minute issue, what is your contingency plan?
In the event of illness or an emergency, a good photographer will have a back-up plan to make sure you still get those precious photos if they cannot attend. For example, they may have an additional shooter who is able to attend instead or they may work with another photographer they trust who can step in. Regardless, you’ll want to know what their plans are if the worst happens.
[photo by Alexandria Hall Photography]
Are your travel costs included?
Most wedding photographers will include their travel costs within their price. Don’t forget to ask beforehand though, so that you’re not caught out with a surprise bill which puts a damper on what will be an excellent experience!
How much is a deposit and what are the payment methods?
As you can expect, to secure your booking you will most likely pay a deposit. You’ll normally pay this upfront, along with signing the contract. Just make sure you ask about their full payment process. You’ll want to know when your wedding photographer expects the remaining payment to be made and this can vary anywhere between a few weeks or months before the wedding date.
Do you have wedding photography insurance?
Your wedding photographer should have public liability insurance, at the least. This covers third-party property damage and any injury caused by them. They should be happy to show you their insurance documents if you ask them.
[photo by Tansley Photography]
How long will we need to wait before we can see the pictures?
Every couple is excited to see their wedding photos after the big day. For some, the wait may be just a week. For others, it may take longer, depending on the number of images shot. Ask your photographer their average post-processing time so you know how long it will likely take before you get to see their wonderful shots.
How will I receive my images, and how many are included in your package?
It’s important before booking your wedding photographer to know beforehand how many images to expect. You’ll probably want to receive a good amount of images for the price you pay. Some photographers give you all of your images unedited and allow you to choose a certain number you’d like edited, while others will have a different process.
It is also worth knowing how you can expect to receive your wedding images. Some photographers may call you into their office for a reveal; others may deliver them to you via email, an online gallery, a physical album or USB, or a combination of these. Some photographers also offer a selection of physical prints, in addition to the digital image files.
Will I have the copyright of my wedding photos?
Many couples don’t consider this, but it is worth asking your photographer if you will be given the copyright of your wedding photos. If the photographer includes a copyright release in the contract, you’ll be able to use the photos however you like, without having to obtain further permission from them. If they say no, it doesn’t have to be a dealbreaker either as it may be that they may have an alternative option in their contracts which still allow you to choose how you use the images.
[photo by Alexandria Hall Photography]
Can I request specific photographs that I’d like taken?
Many wedding photographers love when the couple requests certain shots they would like. Perhaps these might be photos with a particular family member or a big group shot of everyone. You can even request more specific images, such as the wind blowing your veil, or a fun confetti shot. Bear in mind that your photographer is likely to be very busy on the day and therefore not every photo request can always be accommodated, but the photographer will try their best to capture exactly what you’re looking for. Don’t forget that they’ll want you to be happy with their service and will do their utmost to ensure you receive the shots you are looking for!
You could also request place a special request on how the photos are edited. For example, if you’re not keen on black and white photos, then tell your photographer that you’d prefer them all to be in colour (or if they could provide you with both versions).
What information do you need about the day?
Your photographer will want to be prepared and will likely need all the timings of your wedding day. This includes the time and location of where you’ll be getting ready, and all ceremony and reception details. It’s a good idea to write up an overview of the whole day so they know exactly where they need to be, and when. To ensure they get great ceremony shots, why not give them a copy of your order of service? You may also want to let your wedding photographer know the names of key people in your bridal party and point out the people who will be able to help them organise formal and big group shots.
Have you ever shot at my venue before? Would you visit beforehand?
It’s not essential that your photographer has previously been to your wedding venue. But if they have, it’s a bonus! It means they know the best angles and backdrops to make your photos extra special. If they haven’t yet shot at your venue, ask your photographer if they might be happy to visit the venue before the big day. If you haven’t yet met your photographer face-to-face, perhaps you can organise an in-person consultation at your venue discussing the key areas you’d love to capture your day.
Could you include an engagement shoot in your quote?
Want some gorgeous couple photos prior to your wedding? Some photographers offer an engagement photoshoot as part of your wedding package while others may offer this at an additional charge upon request. It’s worth asking to make the most of your photographer’s talents. Plus, what better way to make yourself feel more confident around the person taking your wedding photos than having a practice run beforehand?
[photo by Nigel Chapman Photography]
What will your timings be for the day?
Your photographer will want to be sure they know exactly when they should arrive. If you want them to take shots of you and your bridal party getting ready, they’ll know to arrive early. They’ll also have plenty of time to capture some beautiful pre-ceremony shots. The same goes for asking them when they plan to leave; you don’t want them to miss any big finale send-offs!
Would you like us to cater for you?
Your photographer will be hard at work, standing for hours, capturing every little moment of your wedding day. It’s courteous to ask them if they would like a meal during the wedding breakfast. Some may prefer bringing their own meal. If they accept your offer, you can ask your photographer what they’d like to eat and if they have any dietary requirements. Speak to your venue about catering for your suppliers as they may already have plans in place.
Would you mind adhering to our dress code?
If you aren’t worried about what your photographer will wear to your wedding, you can leave this question out. However, it’s definitely ok to ask your photographer what they plan to wear, as long as you’re careful to be polite. If you have a formal dress code, politely ask if they could adhere to it. Just bear in mind, they’ll still need to wear something comfortable to move around in!
[photo by Tansley Photography]
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