When you are selecting your wedding photographer, it is very important to meet with them before you make your final decision. This person is going to be responsible for capturing one of the most important moments of your life. Make sure you are comfortable with them and can envision them being by your side on your big day.
What exactly is included in your packages?
You'll want to know what is included in your package, so you can make an informed decision. Some photography packages might include a limited number of digital photos or it might not include a printed album. Make sure you completely understand what you are getting, so there are no surprises later.
How many hours of coverage will we get?
Knowing how many hours the photographer will be shooting is very important to your timeline. You will also want to know the cost of overtime incase you do run over.
Who will be my actual photographer?
Don't always assume that the owner of the photography business will be your photographer on your wedding day. Find out who exactly will be shooting your wedding, so you can review his or her work and make an informed decision.
Do you have a backup photographer in case you are too ill to come?
Emergencies happen and you don't want to be left on your wedding day without a photographer. Make sure you are very clear on who the backup photographer will be.
Will there be a second photographer or any assistants?
Having a second photographer can provide more photos and different perspectives on big moments such as the first look or walk down the aisle. Just be sure to ask if having a second photographer is included in your package.
Have you ever shot at our venue before?
Hiring a photographer that has shot at the venue before can be a huge bonus. They will know all the nuances of the venue and how to work around them to get amazing shots.
Can we provide a shot list?
You might have an idea of specific shots you would like to get and most photographers don't mind working with your specific requests. Just keep in mind that you hired the photographer for their expertise, so keep your list of shots short.
Are you shooting any other weddings on the same weekend?
If you photographer is working more than one wedding in a day, you will need to work out timing to ensure the two weddings don't overlap.
Will the photos be color balanced and retouched before we see them?
Retouching is what makes your photos look absolutely flawless. Some photographers will retouch all your photos before you see them, while other photographers will retouch only the photos you decide to keep.
How long after the wedding until we get to see the photos?
You will be beyond excited to see the photos immediately after the wedding. Unfortunately, it can sometimes take weeks to get your photos, so understanding the timeline in advance will help you manage your expectations. And, let's be honest... It will help you manage your new mother-in-law's expectations as well.
BONUS QUESTION: What will you wear?
This might seem like a somewhat awkward question to ask, but it really isn't. Most photographers will be more than happy to blend in with your wedding style and scenery, so discussing his or her wardrobe in advance will help avoid any awkward situations on the big day.