Top five questions you should ask your wedding photographer
Asking questions is never a stupid thing. It’s a great way to be as informed as possible in making important decisions. And since wedding photography is a pricey investment for most people, before you commit to a big chunk of change, here are five questions that you can ask when interviewing potential wedding photographers:
- Equipment: What kind of equipment do they use? Do they actually use a professional grade digital SLR? If so, which make? I am a Nikon girl myself, but Canon is just as amazing.
- Computer Software: Do they use professional computer software such as Photoshop, Lightroom or Portrait Professional? Even if they have these types of software, do they show in their portfolio that they actually know how to use them? Will they take the time to do proper post production on your cherished wedding photos, or are they merely shoot and burn photographers (the type that simply shoot photos, download them onto their computer and then burn onto a CD/DVD and give to you).
- Photography Contract: Do they have a contract? If they don’t have a contract, head for the hills! You should have a signed agreement stating what you will pay and what you will be getting (including number of photography hours, what other products you will receive, etc.). Before signing the contract, you should also go over it in full and ask your photographer any questions about anything on the contract. Once the contract is signed and the retainer is paid, whatever is on the signed contract is the full agreement between you and your photographer.
- Will the photographer you are interviewing be the actual photographer at your wedding? Sometimes photography studios will book more than one wedding on the same day, so they end up hiring other professional photographers to shoot the weddings. If the photographer you are interviewing will not be your photographer for your actual wedding, ask to interview the photographer who will be shooting your wedding. You want to get a feel to see if you will connect with that person as there could be a personality clash or their vision isn’t what you had envisioned.
- References: If you are still not 100% about a photographer, you can ask to communicate with several of their past wedding clients so that you can ask them about their own experience with the photographer. If they are unwilling to give you references to check, ask yourself why they don’t want to offer that important insight. You might want to reconsider if that is the case.