Planning a wedding requires all kinds of research and organization on your part. It also requires you to interview possible vendors for the big day. One of the most important people you can hire to help make the day memorable is a wedding photographer. They will be the one responsible for snapping all those candid and posed shots that you will be able to hold on to the rest of your lives.
Because the wedding photographer carries a lot of responsibility on the big day, you want to make sure you’re hiring the best one for your needs. So, before you start to look around and interview potential photographers, here are a list of questions you can be mindful of and ask during the meeting.
Ask About Their Experience
It’s quite normal to assume that the pricing is the most important thing to ask, but in reality, their experience matters more. A good price is only worth it if the photographer is experienced and knows what they are doing! Ask about any formal or informal photography training they have had, how many years they’ve been shooting weddings, how many weddings they have photographed, and the typical size of weddings they have been part of.
Ask About their Availability
This is really a two-part question. First, you want to ask if they are available on the date of your wedding, and then you should also ask how many other weddings they are photographing that day/weekend. The last thing you want is for your photographer to be rushed, trying to fit you in between other weddings. You can also ask if they will have an assistant available that day.
Get a Detailed Quote in Writing
Now we come to the money portion of the interview. Of course, this is important as you want to be sure the photographer is within your budget. You will want to ask about their various packages and then get a detailed quote in writing. Some photographers will allow you to customize your wedding package and mix and match elements, whereas others stick to the pre-packaged offerings and pricing.
What is Their Photography Style?
You will also want to inquire about their photography style. Each photographer has their own unique style and way of capturing moments. You will just naturally be drawn to some styles over others. This is why it’s also important to ask to see their portfolio. If possible, ask for references and speak to other couples about their experiences with the photographer.
Does the Package Include Editing?
One final tip is to ask about editing. It’s important to understand what sort of editing and re-touching they offer, and whether or not this comes with an additional fee. This is also a great time to ask about the timeline and find out when you should expect to receive your photos after the wedding.
Be Prepared and Make the Right Choice
Making sure you do your research, ask the right questions, and then take time coming to a decision will ensure you make the right choice where your wedding photographer is concerned.