Deciding what to ask a wedding photographer can be a daunting task. Today I’m breaking down the walls between newly engaged couples and wedding photographers. There are lists after lists after lists of wedding planning guides on questions to ask your wedding photographer. What makes this list any different from the rest?
Instead of giving you a list of generic questions to ask your photographer, I’m providing you with a guide of what information you need to leave the consultation with to make the best decision.
First things first though…you need a list a photographer that you are interested in working with. If you’re not there yet, I suggest starting here ~> How to Hire a Wedding Photographer. Be sure to bookmark this page so once you have your list, you can come back to step #2!
Once you’ve narrowed down your list and have reached out to schedule meetings, it’s time to get prepared. Selecting your wedding photographer is a big decision and you want to ensure you’re fully educated on what to expect before signing a contract and making your deposit. Meeting with the photographer is the time to gather information and see if you are a good fit for each other.
Make the most out of your time together by reviewing any information the photographer has sent to you and writing down any questions you may have before your meeting. Check the address of where you are meeting to know how much time it will take to arrive and plan accordingly. Running late can bring on stress and anxiety and that’s no fun way to start off meeting someone new!
It’s time to finally meet your potential wedding photographer. The person that will capture one of the most important moments in your life. Be sure to share your wedding vision and details about getting ready and your selected venues. It’s also important to share what events during the day are most important to you. (i.e. you really want getting ready and a first look, but only want a hand full of reception dancing candids)
Once the photographer knows more about your day, they can better educate you on their coverage options, pricing and expectations. In the end, you want to ensure you know the following from your photographer (in no particular order):
What products/services they provide and what you are receiving in your package
Expectations for image delivery including publications and social media features
Total costs, including all fees such as travel and sales tax
Payment schedule and forms of payment accepted
Who your photographer will be
What happens in an emergency
Who you will be communicating with before, during and after the wedding
How will the photographer work with you to get the most out of your photography
What to expect between signing the contract, receiving your images and final products
How long the photographer save your images
Last but not least, watch for red flags and listen to your gut. How the photographer made you feel in the initial communications is a huge insight as to what you can expect. If you don’t have a good vibe or are unsure if you like their work, then chances are the photographer is not a good fit for you.
Happy Wedding Planning!
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