6 Key Questions To Ask Your Wedding Photographer Before Booking!
You've picked out your dress, you've got your eyes set on a venue, and all that's left is...THE PHOTOGRAPHER! And yeah, I know for some people, the photographer is kind of a last minute pick - but it shouldn't be.
After all, you've spent all this time thinking about where you want to get married and how it will all look. So why is it that so many people look for the cheapest photographer they can find?
You don't want to regret this decision or you may miss out on the chance of documenting one of the most meaningful moments in your life. So, what should you ask your photographer before booking them? Jump below and we'll get you started on our simple guide.
1. How many years have you been doing portrait photography?
Like many creative skills, you have to practice to be great at it. Getting behind the camera is no exception. But that doesn't mean you have to hire the MOST experience photographer. Often times, those that have been in the industry can demand some astronomical prices.
But let me you in on a little secret...those people are not that much better at photography than some of the new kids on the block!
My advice to you? Find someone that has experience behind a camera, but is getting started in the wedding niche. That way, you'll find a perfect balance between experience and affordability.
2. Do you edit your own photos or do you outsource?
This is a great question! EVERY photographer has their own workflow and process. Some like to have complete control from the smallest detail and some prefer to outsource their editing.
And you may be wondering why this is an important question. Well, here's the thing; if the photographer outsources their editing, often times it does not receive the kind of attention as compared to someone that edits their own work.
You know how they say, "Good cooking is done with good ingredients, but great cooking is done with love?" Okay, maybe I just made that up. But you get my point. Pride in your work matters and it shows in the end results.
3. Can I customize a package to my specific needs?
I don't get this question often enough. It makes me really happy to put together a full package that fits exactly what you're looking for. Some photographers don't like (and often will flat out deny) putting together a custom package. Personally, I think this speaks loads to how that person is going to be like to work with.
So, you want an engagement session, but only want to book a 5-hour package? That's okay! Want to add-on an extra hour of coverage? Sure! We can find something that works for you and your budget. All you have to do is ASK!
PRO-TIP: I often run special promotions throughout the year and some that are year-round promotions. For example, I always offer $200 off any wedding package if I haven't shot at your venue before. Want to see if I've shot at your venue?
4. Do you shoot video as well as photography?
Some photographers can do both video and photography at the same time. That's called "hybrid shooting" and it can yield some great results! Most digital cameras can do still photography and video at a very high quality, so at times, it's not necessary to have a dedicated team doing each task.
If you decide to go this route, you can expect a 3-5 minute highlight video and between 150-250 edited images for an 8-hour day. You may notice that the number of delivered images is lower in a package like this and that's because the photographer is doing the work of 2 people.
PRO-TIP: One thing you should ask before hiring a hybrid shooter is whether or not they include a second photographer. This is a MUST! While I wish I could split myself into multiple people doing multiple jobs, that's just not possible. A hybrid shooter always needs a second shooter covering them when they're shooting in either mode.
5. What is the backup plan if you are unable to shoot my wedding for an unexpected reason?
For many of us that have unfortunately needed to weather the pandemic changes, you should always ask your photographer what the backup plan is. Not just in the case of a wide-spread incident, but also for any reason that they may not be available on your wedding day.
For example, what happens if your photographer breaks his ankle a few days before your shoot? It would be awful to find out last minute that no one could document your wedding day. So make sure there is a backup plan in place!
6. How do you deliver your photos and do we get print rights?
So, here's a topic that is near and dear for me and I'll tell you why. Few things in this industry frustrate me more than some vendors (I won't say whom) that charge a very small fee, but don't give you the print rights.
These are usually photographers that are offering free shoots or extremely low rates. Often times, they don't give you digital copies and you'll end up paying "per photo". This, of course, comes in at the very end when they send you the gallery.
I, personally, don't think this is a good practice. Every one of my clients gets print rights and will receive them in an online gallery I send when they're completed. That's how I like to run my business and I believe strongly in it.
So what do you think of this list? Do you have any other questions you'd like to add? Leave it in the comments down below!