What to Ask Before Booking a Wedding Photographer

When planning your wedding, one of the most important decisions that you will make is selecting your wedding photographer. The pictures that he or she will capture will be your lifelong reminder of your beautiful day, so you want to make sure that you select the right photography partner for you and your significant other. Here’s what you should ask your potential wedding photographer before making the booking.

1) How early will you arrive before the ceremony?

If you want to have photos of the bridal luncheon or dressing sessions, you’ll want to make sure your photographer is on the clock early enough to be there. If you’re getting married on a popular weekend in your area, your photographer may have other weddings booked the same day. Don’t assume that he or she will be available until you clarify.

2) Do you provide a list of suggested poses and shots?

Whether you want candid photos or posed family shots, it is important to communicate that with your photographer. An experienced wedding photographer will be able to suggest shots to try here and there throughout the day, but will also be able to work quickly in the moment for those perfect candid photos too.

3) How many photographers will be on site during the wedding and ceremony? 

While most photographers work solo, many will have a backup or second shooter to assist with creative camera angles. This double coverage also ensures that you don’t miss any special moments throughout the day. It’s always good to ask if a second photographer is available and the additional cost that goes along with that extra service.

4) How many photos are included in the final package?

Be very specific with your photography requirements. Ask your photographer if an album comes with the package fee, and, if so, how many photographs come with it. It’s also important to see if you receive–or can purchase–the digital rights to your photographs for any albums you might want to make for other family members or for photo thank-you cards. Photographers typically have access to high quality printing services that are a cut above your big box printing counters, so make use of this resource. They might also be able to order beautiful canvases of your favorite moments.

5) How long after my wedding will I receive my photographs?

Many brides and grooms expect to see their photos immediately after the wedding, but the review and editing process on the photographer’s end does not allow for such a quick turnaround. Especially if you’re getting married in a busy season, you might not get anything more than a few teaser photos on Facebook for 4-6 weeks. Knowing the average turnaround time for your potential photographer is a great way to avoid feeling ignored when you don’t come home to a mailbox filled with professional photos.

6) Can you give me references?

Talking to past clients is the best way to get a feel for your photographer’s level of professionalism and final product delivery. Don’t be shy when it comes to asking for the email addresses of other brides and grooms!