Ask any couple about their wedding planning regrets and they’ll mostly tell you that it’s about failing to ask the right questions before closing the deal with vendors. But we’re not here to talk about all vendors but rather focus only on your wedding coverage – your wedding photographer. Make the most out of your budget and have the wedding of your dreams without much stress.
One by one, we’ll go through each question to elaborate a bit on how much a dealbreaker one can be. In this short blog, we will go through a checklist you can refer to in asking the important questions before hiring your wedding photographer. Without further ado, here’s the checklist of the important questions to ask your wedding photographer.
The Important Questions To Ask Your Wedding Photographer
1. Have they covered a wedding in your venue previously?
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With this question, you are gauging the wedding photographer’s comfort and experience. As photographers are also artists in their own way, they indeed learn by experience. It’s obvious that this will be a plus point for them and you can even ask for few samples that you can get inspiration from.
Moreover, you can also discuss the things to improve and implement on your wedding day for better output. If not, that’s okay. You can still ask if they have experience with a similar venue or design.
2. Can you request for additional images to be taken?
Here’s why it’s handy to have a wedding photography checklist. You can deliberately check what’s covered by their package and figure out what extra shots you need to be taken. Some may ask for extra fees for each available shot but either way, what’s important is you are ensuring to capture this once-in-a-lifetime milestone forever.
3. How many photos should you receive from the wedding?
A lovely shot from Emblaze Photography
It’s always best to clarify the number of photos to expect from a wedding photographer. This way, you can maximize which shots you’d like and prefer to keep. It’s also important to note that more often than not, quality always outweighs quantity. Go with quality shots and remember your big day with gorgeous photos that’ll last a lifetime.
4. How many hours are included in their package?
Most wedding photographer packages also have a definite number of hours only. By asking this question, you would know if you will be charged an extra fee for the coverage. This will allow you to maximize their time and your budget at the same time. Besides this, you can also determine if you need a second photographer. If time is a constraint, it might be best to request one.
5. How long after the wedding and how will you receive the image?
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This question is crucial in setting your expectations. Since covering a wedding is a big project, it might be possible that your wedding photographer might need more time to curate your album. There’s no need to rush since we all know you’ll be busy cruising or travelling for your honeymoon but it’s great to know their commitment still.
6. What happens if, by some unfortunate circumstance, the photographer won’t be able to cover the wedding?
Just a theoretical question but something that would be a huge problem if your wedding photographer is missing in action on the big day! It’s important to know if they have a backup plan. Do they have a contingency plan or someone else to recommend? If yes, it’ll be nice to see their portfolio as well to ensure that you’re in good hands and well-taken care of.
7. Does the photographer have a list of references?
Another superb shot from Emblaze Photography
This is one of the most important questions to ask your wedding photographer. Since this is your big day, it’s always best to entrust your photos to someone with proved experience and quality work. You can only be sure by going through their portfolio and talking to a few of their previous happy clients. By doing so, you can get an idea of how their work ethic is along with how good or bad their overall service is.
8. How much is the deposit and when is it due?
Down to the last item of this checklist, we can now talk about their rate. Knowing how much is their deposit so they can block the date immediately is important. This will prevent unnecessary mishaps of missing out payment and losing the pencil booking for their service. After all, the early bird always catches the worm so be proactive!
Now that we got everything on the table and you were satisfied with the answers they’ve given, it’s safe to say that you can go ahead and close the deal. Please note though that this is not an exact science. These questions may be helpful in distinguishing the best fitting wedding photographers for you but also a great reference for setting your expectations too.