The best questions to ask a wedding photographer
Planning,  Weddings

How To Choose The Best Wedding Photographer For Your Wedding

Once upon a time you could plan & have an entire wedding & reception with only the help of your neighborhood.

Now, times are way different. You have to vendors to help you.

There are vendors for everything, including:

  • Florists
  • Photographers
  • Videographers
  • Wedding planners/coordinators
  • DJ’s
  • Caterers
  • Venue (yup, the location is a vendor)

Today, we’re going to tackle what you need to know when choosing a wedding photographer.

Tips For Choosing A Wedding Photographer

  • Know your budget. You can’t find a vendor if you don’t know if you can afford it.
  • Meet with all vendors before selecting one & ask questions.
  • Make sure that your personalities mix well together.
  • Ask for referrals.
  • Research them online.
  • Thoroughly read the contract.
  • Consider your first impression. Even if it’s via email. Take note of response time, professionalism, & attitude.
  • Ask your venue if they’ve worked with the vendor & if so what are they’re impressions.

How to choose a photographer for your wedding.

Questions To Ask A Wedding Photographer

When you’re meeting with a photographer be sure to take this list of questions with you. They will help you to not only know what you’re getting in the contract but to get a feel for if you mess well with them.

Tip: If you’re also looking for a videographer, you can use these questions as well.

  • Is my wedding date available?
  • Will you be the photographer or will it be someone else? (If it’s someone else in the company, ask to meet them).
  • Does your price include a 2nd photographer? If not, how much is it to add another photographer.
  • How long have you been shooting weddings?
  • Have you ever shot a wedding at our venue or one with a similar style?
  • Are you able to do a venue walk thru with us before the wedding to determine the best photo locations?
  • How would you describe your photography style?
  • Do you like to take more candid photos or do you prefer to take staged photos?
  • Can we give you a list of shots that we prefer?
  • What is included in your basic package? Are there add ons?
  • How many hours are included in each package?
  • Do you offer retouching?
  • Are there travel fees?
  • Is an engagement session included in the package? *Tip: Engagement sessions give you a feel for how they will work on your wedding day.
  • How long does it take after the wedding to edit the photos & get them back to us?
  • How are the images delivered to us?
  • We the photos be high resolution digital images or print?
  • How many images are included in the package?
  • Will I have the rights to all of the images?
  • Can we order prints directly from you?
  • How much is the deposit?
  • When is the final payment due?
  • Is there a refund or cancellation policy?
  • Do you have liability insurance?
  • Is there backup equipment available in case some happens to your equipment?
  • Do you have a backup plan if you or your assistant can’t make it to my wedding?
  • How will you be dressed?
  • Will you be posting about our wedding on social media?

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A list of the best questions to ask a wedding photographer before signing contracts.