What questions should you ask your wedding photographer?

September 8, 2022

What questions should you ask your wedding photographer?

The key to finding a wedding photographer that clicks with you is to interview them beforehand! It’s important that you mesh well with your photographer, since they’ll be spending the whole day with you. Here are the top questions to ask before you sign on!

1. What inspires your work?

This is an excellent question to ask to get to know what makes your photographer tick! Every artist discovered their craft in a different way, and every photographer is inspired by something that urges them to keep taking pictures and keep creating beautiful art. 

2. What is your photography style?

It’s important to know what your photographer’s style is. Do they edit in a certain way? Do they shoot in black and white or color, or both? You can learn a lot about how they work by looking at their portfolio, but it’s always good to ask them personally as well. If you don’t know your photographer’s style, you may end up with a whole gallery of images that are beautiful but not what you were expecting or looking for!

3. Do you focus on candids or staged photography?

Some photographers are experts at posing. Some are brilliant at documenting candid moments that truly capture the joy and atmosphere of the day. Many work on a mix of both. If you have a preference on whether you want to focus more on staged or candid shots, make sure to ask your photographer.

4. What kind of lighting do we need to think about at our venue?

Photographers can work in a variety of different light settings, but you will most likely get the best images in well-lit venues with soft lighting. Cloudy days or shaded ares are best for outdoor photos. Make sure to talk to your photographer about this as there may be lighting issues at your venue you might not notice. For example, having a large backlit window right behind the altar/arbor where you are getting married will make it difficult to properly expose your faces in photographs!

5. Will you be the one photographing my wedding?

This is important to know. If you are working with a solo photographer, the answer will undoubtedly be yes. However, if you’re working with a company, make sure the person you’re talking to is the person who will be at your wedding. This helps streamline the wedding day process and helps you develop a connection with your photographer.

6. Do you have insurance?

Your photographer should have liability insurance to protect them and you from any unexpected losses or damages that might occur on your wedding day. There’s no need to give yourself something else to worry about on an already hectic day, and having an insured photographer will help put your mind at ease!

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