We have another guest vendor today who's going to help you with questions to ask your potential photographer to make sure that you're the right fit for each other. Amber Hempen is an amazing photographer who loves to capture the real moments in life. If you need a photographer, she's pretty awesome. Check her out! And take a look at the advice that she gives you when chatting with your photographer.
21 Questions to ask your photographer
1. How long have you been doing photography?
If they're just starting out, they may not know all the tricks and tips to make everyone look their best in pictures.
2. Do you have a plan of action if you can't make my wedding due to something? (i.e. like a death or getting hurt)
We never want to think of something bad happening. But it always helps to have a back up plan. Especially when it comes to your wedding day.
3. do you have back up equipment?
Again, if something breaks, you want to know that your photographer has it all taken care of.
4. Can you think quickly on your feet?
Things happen quickly at weddings. You don't want to miss the fun moments of your flower girl flirting with the ring bearer because you were saying your vows. Make sure your photographer thinks fast and can catch the details that might otherwise be missed.
5. Do you have back ups of our photos?
You know people say that you should have a back up of a back up? Computers crash. You don't want to lose all of your precious memories because your photographer didn't have a back up of your pictures.
6. What sort of packages do you offer?
Many photographers offer different types of packages to easily fit what you need on your big day.
7. Do you have insurance?
Definitely definitely definitely want your photographer to have insurance. 'Nuf said.
8. How many weddings have you covered?
This goes back to how experienced they are. Covering a wedding is a whole different ball game than newborn pictures or family photos.
9. Can I see a few whole weddings?
Your photographer should be willing to share some of their work with you. That way, you can get an idea of their style.
10. How long before we get our images back?
You're itching to see the gorgeous pictures. To re-live your magical day. But you also want to make sure that your photographer has enough time for editing.
11. Do you give us reprint release?
Can you do whatever your little heart desires with your pictures once you have them? Or do you have to get everything approved and credited to your photographer?
12. Do we get high resolution images?
If you want to be able to print your pictures, you want high resolution images. As Amber says, "Low res photos, you can't print since they'll look like crap." Okay then.
13. Have you worked with a videographer before?
When you have different vendors coming together to make your dream day a reality, they need to understand how to work best with each other.
14. What makes you a good photographer?
I always hate this question. But it helps to know why they think they're a great fit for you. Or not a great fit, as the case may be.
15. Why do you love your job?
Why did they become a photographer in the first place? It helps to know where your vendors are coming from.
16. What is your style?
If you're having a more fun, laid back and creative wedding, you probably don't want to go with a photographer who specializes in formal poses and images.
17. What is your deposit?
You need to make sure that you know what the financial commitment will be prior to actually committing.
18. Do you have a contract?
If your photographer doesn't have a contract, you have no way to guarantee that they're going to deliver. And they have no way to guarantee that you're going to pay. Contracts are there to protect both parties. Have one.
19. Do you have references or online reviews we can see?
References and reviews are a great way to see what other people think about your photographer.
20. How did you get into wedding photography?
This is a fun question to ask to get to know your photographer personally a bit more.
21. Do you have any pre-wedding paperwork to help you know who my vendors are?
Not every photographer will have this. But it helps to have a timeline for them, along with different shots that you definitely want them to take.
I know that there's like a thousand questions here (ok, only 21). You don't have to ask every single one of these questions. The main goal is to make sure that you are completely and totally comfortable with your photographer. They're one of the vendors that will be everywhere at your wedding. You want to get along with them. It'll make the day so much easier! I know I keep saying this, but I will get better at staying on track with this blog. I promise. I have a lot more tips and tricks and wedding hints up my sleeve this summer!