Questions to ask your prospective photographer

You spend months planning every detail of your wedding — it seems only natural you would want to capture it in photographs to look at for the rest of your life. A wedding photographer is one of the most important vendors you select for your big day, which is why it is important to do your homework in selecting the best possible photographer you can afford. Your photographer can mean the difference between enjoying stunning shots for a lifetime and having a disastrous wedding collection. Before you make a selection, be sure to interview a few photographers and ask them the following questions prior to signing a contract.

Experience — When you select a wedding photographer, you’re handing over your trust so they capture all of the important aspects of your big day. One of the most important questions you can ask a wedding photographer is regarding their experience level — are they use to shooting large-scale weddings or are they more comfortable with intimate settings?

Quality and Style — What kind of photography style do they have? Always ask to see a portfolio to get an idea of their skill and quality before booking a photographer. Lighting is also a crucial aspect of wedding photography so they need to know how to use the venue’s light to create stunning pictures no matter where you’re holding your wedding or reception.

Who is taking the pictures — When paying for a wedding photographer, you want to make sure you’re getting the value you’ve agreed to. That means you should know who is going to be taking the pictures during your big day — some wedding photographers use assistants or second photographers to capture details as they focus on the wedding ceremony or on you as a couple, but it could also mean that the wedding photographer sends assistants out to do most of the work. If you like a wedding photographer’s style, be sure they are the ones actually taking the pictures and editing them when they’re done.

Personality — The wedding photographer is going to follow you around on one of the biggest days of your life and capture intimate details as you get ready to meet your spouse. You want to make sure that you trust and get along with your photographer so that the entire day goes smoothly. The last thing you need is to be annoyed or upset at your wedding photographer because it will definitely show up in your pictures.

Appearance — During an interview with the wedding photographer, a professional appearance can set one vendor apart from the rest. Use this time to learn about the photographer’s professional style, do they like to get artistic and creative with pictures or are they more traditional and classic? These are important things to know before selecting your wedding photographer.

Price — Make sure that the price is exactly what you are expecting before you sign any contract. Your contract should include whether or not there will be any assistants there with the photographer, and the amount of time they’ll spend taking pictures. Read over the contract to see if the overall price includes any albums or specific services — you don’t want any surprises when the vendor needs to be paid. A wedding photographer is also not one of the vendors you should find solely based on price. You often get what you pay for when it comes to finding inexperienced, too good to be true pricing.

Once you’re done going over these basic questions, you’re also going to want to ask how long it will take for the wedding photographer to edit and deliver all of your pictures. This is something that should be incorporated into the contract so that there is a deadline on when you can expect your images. As with any wedding vendor, asking around for references is one of the best and easiest ways to find a prospective wedding photographer without much stress. Take your time in finding a wedding photographer and book them as quickly as possible to ensure they are available on your big day — you might also ask your venue if they have any recommended photographers. This is helpful because that photographer will be used to shooting in your venue and know all of the perfect spots to get your timeless images.

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