Hiring a wedding photographer can be a daunting task considering that there are so many different photographers! Not to mention you don’t get married everyday which means that you don’t interview wedding vendors everyday.
However, because this is your once in a lifetime day you’ll want to make sure and do your due diligence. How do you do that? By asking the right questions. Don’t worry, we’ve made a list to get you started:
- What is your style? It’s important that it mesh’s with yours… and not just the style of photos, also the manor in which they’re captured is important and can have a great impact on your wedding experience. (Hint: don’t give them the answers and mention what you’re looking for before they answer this question)
- Are you the photographer who will be shooting my wedding? (some studios will send an associate instead of the studio owner, or someone other than the person that you meet with. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s important that you know upfront and that you’re able to meet with the actual photographer in order to get a feel for their personality). Be sure to see actual work from the photographer who will be photographing your wedding, and ask to view full weddings so that you can see consistency. You want to make sure they’ll capture great images of all the things that are important to you. (Getting ready shots, candid moments, details, portraits, group shots, reception/party pictures, etc.)
- How many people will show up on your wedding day? Is it one photographer, a photographer and an assistant, or two photographers, etc. (Personally I feel it’s important to have two experienced photographers shoot a wedding as it allows us to be less obtrusive, and so there’s built in backup in case something unthinkable happens to one of us on the wedding day!)
- How long have you been a wedding photographer? (you don’t want someone who is just starting out but someone with experience)
- What equipment will you bring with you? It’s good to find out if they bring lighting equipment, tripods, etc., but most importantly you’ll want to listen to make sure they mention that they’ll bring backup gear!
- Do you have references? This is helpful if you don’t already know someone who’s already worked with them. You can also look for feedback about a photographer or studio online. Sites such as Yelp, WeddingWire, The Knot, Wedding Channel, are all good places to start.
Hopefully you’ll find these helpful in your search to find the photographer who’s the right fit for you. Of course there are many other important questions, but I’ll save those for another blog post!