Choosing the right wedding vendors can be a really daunting task; especially if you’re completely new to the world of weddings. Having the right vendors there on wedding day can mean the difference between a day full of frustration and the day of your dreams. That’s exactly why you’ve seen articles telling you which questions to ask your perspective wedding photographer 100 times already. I know we saw those lists everywhere back in 2008 when we got married and why I have a love/hate relationship with them now. On one hand I really love that couples are coming with questions in hand and investing time into making sure they ask the right questions. It shows just how important what I do is to them. On the flip side of that though, once we’ve run down that list of questions and they’ve made notes of all our answers, I often sense that they still don’t feel comfortable making a decision. The list failed them! Instead of giving you another list of must ask questions though I’m going to tell you what we would ask and why. NEVER underestimate the power of why! Keep in mind as you read through, that we understand everyone has different wedding day priorities. Your perfect answer won’t be the same as someone else’s and that’s A okay! It’s your wedding day, and as long as you’re married at the end of it, and you guys are happy, then you did it right.
Tell me about you
You’ll spend a lot of time with your wedding photographer in the months leading up to wedding day, on wedding day, and even in the weeks after. It really needs to be someone you like and the best way to find that out is to ask them about themselves.
What is your favorite style of wedding to photograph
Every photographer has their favorite wedding style. Likely it’s what they shoot the most and you can probably tell from their portfolio. It’s always good to ask though because the answer might not be as simple as church weddings or rustic barns. Remember, you’re talking to an artist. What makes their heart sing might be more subtle. Don’t think though that you shouldn’t hire them if their ideal style doesn’t perfectly align with your wedding style. If your wedding is happening at midnight, in a wood paneled ballroom, and their ideal wedding style is light and airy, with lots of natural light, then you might want to really think about whether or not they’re the best fit.
Tell me about the process before/ on wedding day/after
Your wedding experience starts long before wedding day and goes on for weeks or even months after the wedding. If you really want to know what to expect at every step of the process ask.
Tell me about your delivery style
When I imagined this blog post I really wanted to avoid saying ask this and not that. This was one spot though where I felt it was necessary. It’s likely impossible for a wedding photographer to tell you the number of photos they deliver per wedding. Every wedding is different and that number can vary wildly. What they can tell you though is their philosophy when it comes to photo delivery. Do they deliver everything, a curated collection of the best moments of the day, or something in between. There are no wrong answers here but you should definitely know what to expect going in.
How hands on do you like to be?
It’s good to know how involved your photographer will be on wedding day; especially if you’re feeling uncomfortable with the idea of being in front of the camera. Photographers run the gamut when it comes to being involved and you should definitely find the one that can give you what you need whether it’s lots of direction or a bit of space.
Tell me about what you offer
Hopefully you don’t have to ask, but you can’t make a decision without having all the details of exactly what you’re spending your money on.
Why is that important?
I know this question might seem a little bit rude at face value but, depending on how you ask can be really important. Photographers add lots of things to their packages. Some of them are really important to the overall experience and others are just there because it might be nice to have. If the photographer you’re talking to has mentioned something as part of the package, process, or experience that you don’t understand then ask them about it. Engagement photos for example are a huge part of the client experience for some photographers. If that’s the case you definitely don’t want to count that out when comparing one photographer to another.
What coverage do you think we’ll need?
Not all weddings are the same. Every wedding doesn’t need 8 hours of coverage. Just like you may not necessarily need more than one photographer. It just depends. The best thing you can do though is to ask the photographer you’re talking to what they think. I know I’ve said this 100 times already but it’s very true, there are no wrong answers here. If their answer seems way off though, or they’ve said one photographer is plenty when you really want two, then there might be a better fit for you.
I have XYZ special circumstance. Is that something you’re comfortable with?
Honestly, there should be nothing you can through at your wedding photographer that they can’t handle. If you do have a special circumstance or something that could present a challenge you want to make very sure before you sign on the dotted line that your photographer has you covered.
What questions should I have asked you?
This is just a really great way to pick your photographer’s brain. What they mention here are likely some of the more important things to them. If they don’t have anything else to add though that’s okay too!
I hope these questions (okay fine I know some of them aren’t questions) help make the photographer selection process a little easier. Building a relationship with your photographer is key to making sure that they capture the best moments of your day. The best time to start that building process is when you first meet them! Check out the links below if you want our answers to these questions!