What To Ask Your Wedding Photographer

How To Choose Your Wedding Photographer

 

At moore&moore photography, we know that choosing a photographer for your wedding is a very personal experience, and you want to be confident that you have made the right decision. You need a photographer who will work with you, capture your personality and style perfectly and reflect your day in its best light. To help you on your way, here are a few questions you should ask your photographer before you sign on the dotted line.

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The Basics:

1. Do you have my date available?

This is the basic requirement before the conversation can go any further. If they don’t have your date available, then there is no point in continuing the conversation. They might be the perfect photographer for you, but they can’t be in 2 places at once, and it’s easier to cut it off now and not waste your or their time.

 

2. Do you have a portfolio I can view?

 

A photographer should always be happy to show you their recent work. If they decline to show you a portfolio, that is a very big red flag. We would always recommend against booking anyone who won’t show you their work beforehand to avoid heartache and tears if it doesn’t go well.

 

3. How well do you know your business?

If ever there was a time that choosing quality and knowledge over cheap price and cluelessness was a good idea, it’s now!  When it comes to your wedding, the dress, the rings and the photographs are the only tangible things left after the day, and you want them to be done properly.

4. Are you insured?

A lot of venues nowadays require external vendors to be insured before they will let them work on the property. But this should only be 1 part of the equation – photography is the third largest expense in any wedding, and you want to make sure that is protected.

5. Will I be able to get digital copies of the photos, or do I have to buy an album?

Wedding Photography packages vary from photographer to photographer.  Some photographers will only give you hard copies of your photographs in an album, or an additional fee for the digital copies.   If you want to buy an album from your photographer that’s great – but if you want digital images too, remember to ask if they’re available for purchase.

Style and Feel:

 

How would you describe your photographic style?

Do they only shoot in one style, or can they accommodate any preferences you have? Will they take on your ideas and make them reality, or ignore them and shoot their way?

How would you describe your working style?

This is different from their photographic style. This is how you find out if they will be a blend into the background photographer or a stand out and take control of the day kind of photographer. This will help you figure out if they will work for you.

How would you handle…?

This can cover anything from illness and bad weather to you wanting your cat in every photo. Knowing all of your photographer ‘Plan B’s’ is a great way to find out if you can be relaxed and calm on the day, or if you will need to make your own Plan B.

Why are you a photographer?

If the first answer is ‘it pays well’ then run for the hills! A photographer who wants to take photos because they are beautiful and photography is their passion will go the extra mile for your photos and make them perfect.

Can you accommodate specific requests?

Will you be able to give your photographer a shot list, or will they just do their own thing? Flexibility is essential, and if they can work around you then all the better. And finally, a few bonus things you should ask yourself before you take the plunge and book:

Do you feel a connection with this photographer?

Do you feel they know what you want, and will be able to make it a reality? Do you personalities match, and do you feel comfortable around them?

Are you comfortable with their work and communication style?

Can you talk to them? Do they work the way you would like them to, or are they a bit alternative for your liking?

Have they listened and addressed your concerns?

If the photographer is a good fit, they will have listened to all of your concerns and requirements and set your mind at ease. You should leave the meeting feeling confident that you found The One.

 

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