How do you handle the wedding day?
Some photographers are really hands off during the day and focus strictly on candid moments. Others may be more hands on and set up more posed shots. There is no right or wrong here, but you'll want to make sure your photographers style aligns with what you are wanting from your day.
What is your turnaround time?
Turnaround time refers to the amount of time it takes for your photos to be delivered to you after the wedding. A ton of things influence how long it might take, and honestly anything is fine so long as it's clearly understood how long it will take (and this should be put in a contract!).
10 questions to ask...
to help find the perfect wedding photographer!
Now that we've simplified what some of the confusing buzzwords in the wedding photography world mean. Let's move on to 10 questions you should ask ANY wedding photographer to help find the perfect one for your wedding. This extra guide is our FREE gift to you! Now take this guide and allow it to make the rest of your wedding planning experience easier and stress free!
Will you be our photographer(s)?
Some photography studios send out associate shooters to document your wedding and you might not even speak to them before your big day. Other photo studios are run by 1 or 2 people who always shoot the wedding. Both can be good options, but it's really important to know who will be with you when the time comes.
How do you handle the unexpected on a wedding day?
Let's face it, wedding days (even with great planning beforehand) can still be unpredictable from time to time. A photographers ability to adapt to changes is actually one of the most important qualities they will need to have. This is a good question because it will help you understand more about the photographers personality - are they going to go with the flow of things, or are they more uptight?
What does the process of booking you look like?
It's good to know what's involved to move forward and book the photographer you've chosen. There isn't really a "standard", but many photographers have made this as easy as possible and use a dedicated booking platform to send out contracts and invoices so everything can be handled online. Another good thing to go along with this is to ask how much the deposit is - again, there isn't a standard, some people require 25%, others 50%, and others still might just charge a simple number regardless of package like $1,000.
Do you have business insurance & backup equipment?
These are honestly things we wish didn't have to be asked, but a ton of photographers (especially newbies) don't always have the appropriate insurance (both an actual policy and backup gear). Without these 2, we would highly suggest NOT hiring a photographer. Why?
Business insurance is needed for a ton of reasons. The most important for you is that many wedding venues require their vendors to show proof of insurance (called a Certificate of Insurance - COI). Without this, venues won't let them work there.
Backup equipment is important because if something fails (like their camera), they should have gear they can quickly swap to, to keep shooting your wedding. Some photographers skip out on getting backup equipment because it can be pretty expensive, but it's really risky.
What happens if you're unable to shoot my wedding for some unexpected reason?
In our experience, this question has become more popular thanks to the pandemic, but it's a good one even in a post-pandemic world!
Having an idea of what happens if your photographer is unable to be there for you is a great thing to talk about upfront. Typically, a photographer will intend to be there, but sometimes serious things happen between booking & your wedding date - like serious illness, even death. What happens then?
How this is handled will vary from photographer-to-photographer. Some photo studios have a team of people they can pull on (we do!), others may just result in a flat out cancellation.
Why did you get into wedding photography?
While you can ask a lot of questions about a photographer's service, if you're loving everything so far and really connect with their photography style, asking this question can go a long way to tell you more about what led them to wedding photography.
Can you tell us some more about yourself?
While you definitely want to go with a wedding photographer that has a great portfolio and such, getting to know them a little more personally will also make for a better experience. Remember, you'll be around this person pretty closely throughout your wedding day, and you want to be able to get along and connect - it makes the day so much better and stress free!
How do you handle lighting on the day?
Every photographer is different in how they decide to approach shooting weddings. Some will rely exclusively on natural light, while others will use flash throughout the entire day. Some might even use a light that is on all of the time. All of these end up having very distinct look, working styles, and gear requirements. We'd say most wedding photographers, though, end up falling somewhere in the middle - using natural light when it already looks great, and adding in a flash especially when it's too dark (like in a reception hall).