Essential Questions To Ask Wedding Photographer
Hey guys today’s post is a little bit different than most. This is all because I wanted to take some time and give some future brides and current brides some marvelous advice. Well, no doubt choosing the best wedding photographer for the wedding is actually a task.
It becomes pretty overwhelming as at your wedding day you’ll be around him for almost the entire day. Therefore it is very important to make a list of important questions to ask wedding photographer before you actually book
Definitely, that is the most wonderful day for every bride. The best advice that I can give you is to first decide your type and theme of the wedding. Pen down 2-3 options. And then look for the wedding photographers that specialize in such types of wedding shoots. At the same time don’t forget to ask the important questions to wedding photographer before you finalize it!
Most Important Questions To Ask Wedding Photographer
Let’s get started and prepare important questions to ask your wedding photographer.
1.What Style Do You Specialize In?
This is the first question to ask wedding photographer. First things first. You definitely need to know what are the styles they follow and how do they specialize in that. Basically many shooters are blend of all sorts of wedding shoot styles. But here you need to check if they match your requirements or not!
2. How Many Wedding Shoots you’ve Done Before And What Is Your Favorite Time Of The Year To Shoot?
Yes, asking this question will reveal and tell a lot about your wedding photographer. Yo need to know how many clients they have worked before. You will also need to see their shoots and work. Seeing that will reveal their chemistry and humbleness with the clients.
Also, knowing when they are very comfortable in shooting will ease your requirements. Make sure to check their websites and Instagram handles too.
3. Do You Have A Backup Photographer If You Are Sick?
Many people forget about this question Thinking they will manage. Instead, think it that way. It’s your wedding shoot and you want it perfect! This question is super-important.
You need to make sure that your photographer always has a back-up plan. Many times I’ve seen that photographers have come down with the flu and have left their clients in the dust. It’s hard to find and pay for a last-minute wedding photographer.
4. What And Exactly What Not Is Included In Your Package?
You need to be very clear about this. Knowing this will help you out in your overhead expenses. For example, if they are going to provide you a couple of dresses, or traveling or a good makeup artist which is included in your package. You don’t need to arrange on your own. And if you want your specific person then you can ask them to remove that. And that way your charges can fluctuate.
5. When Should I Give You My Shoot List?
These days the planning of wedding shots have changed entirely. And to sum up I can say this the age of Pinterest. Which has totally changed the game. It has completely changed the way we plan weddings. I can’t remember the last time I was at an engagement shoot and someone didn’t refer to a photo that they saw on Pinterest.
Personally I think this is great. It helps a photographer to get a clear-cut understanding of the style a client is looking for. The looks and the finished product that you actually need.
Some people like superposed pictures. Some people like more natural candid pictures for wedding and engagement photography. I would suggest getting either a Pinterest board or a shoot list for your photographer at least three weeks before your wedding.
6. Will They Be Able To Meet Up Regularly To Discuss and Finalize The Changes You May Need?
It’s important that both of you meet in person or on skype so that you have time to go over those details. Discuss with your photographer what you like and dislike about the pictures. Is it the editing style, is it the lighting, or the way that they have been posed.
Make sure that you discuss this with your photographer in great detail. So that both of you have a clear-cut understanding of exactly what you’re looking for. So just meet with your photographer three weeks before and share your shot list. But remember you hired your photographer for his or her artistic ability so have a little faith.
7. What Is The Cancellation Policy?
Whether you like it or not things happen. Not quite the way we depict in romantic comedies. But some couples do break up, or they may postpone due to any reason. So, it is always good to be on the safer side. This is why this question is so important. Ask them how much if any of the deposit is refundable and how long before the event you have to cancel the last thing. You wouldn’t pay $2,500 for a photographer and have no wedding.
8. When can I see the photos?
Photographers can give you many different answers on this issue. Once you have selected the photos. You want them to be edited by your photographer asap. But editing takes a lot of time. I always told my brides that being at their wedding is the fun part.
Usually, when the work comes when we have to sit down to select the pictures to edit with your photographer. They can give you roughly fifty to a hundred photos per hour of service. So if you have an eight-hour wedding it could take longer for you to receive your photos. As that’s almost 800 photos.
It might not sound like a lot but many hours go into the editing process after you walk down the aisle. I know that brides and grooms are always so anxious to see their photos as soon as possible. But please remember to be patient with your photographer. There’s a lot of time and work that goes into editing your photos that you may not see if you can’t wait. So just ask your photographer to send you one or two photos along the way.
9. What Is The Deposit And Total Fee?
Make sure you’ve a brief knowledge of their total fee. And what are those charges for. Because taking advantage of the situation many photographers start putting lame expenses. And you need to be careful with that. Also don’t give them the whole amount at once. You can deposit spoke amount and after you see the whole work. And when you get satisfied you can pay the rest.
10. Can we look over the contract together?
Contracts can be very confusing. That’s why it’s really important that you and your photographer go over every clause in the contract. These are law binding documents. So before you sign to make sure you ask a lot of questions if you aren’t clear on something. Discuss it with your photographer before you put pen to paper. If there’s a clause or a sentence that you don’t like in the contract ask the photographer if it can be edited to your needs.
For example, many photographers have in a clause where they can use your photos for social media, promotion, or advertising purposes. If you are a public figure or you are just a private person. It might be wise to ask the photographer if that can be completely taken out before you sign any documents.
So to wrap it up make sure you know everything you need to know before signing a contract or handing over a cheque. You need to make sure that you have the right photographer for your special day.
so dear readers, these were the most important questions to ask wedding photographers. This will give you a very clear picture of what you want and which photographer will be able to satisfy your requirements. I hope this guide will help you in selecting the best wedding photographer for your wonderful day!
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