When you hire a wedding photographer there are the general questions you will ask in terms of equipment, a second shooter, and insurance, but there are a few other questions you want to make sure you ask so that when you make your final decision you will know exactly what to expect. Here are a few to start with:
How would you describe your style?
Every photographer has their own unique style. Some photographers will take stunning traditional photos but may struggle with the creative personal portraits you want and vice versa. Knowing what style your photographer specializes in will immediately let you know if they are the one you should be considering.
How many weddings do you typically shoot in a year?
Some photographers may only shoot a small number of weddings per year. This may be because they work more closely with the final products and spend more time with each of their couples.
Can you describe your typical wedding day schedule?
This will give you an idea of how early you can expect your photographer to show up and begin shooting on the day of and how late they usually stay. This will also let you know what you can expect on your wedding day in terms of how well organized they are and what types of photos they intend to include throughout the day.
Can you describe what your post process is like?
Not only will this tell you just how long you can expect to wait for your edited images but this will also give you a clear idea of what techniques your photographer uses: in-house or outsourced. How many images can you expect to receive? How many of these images are retouched? Can you view the images on an online gallery? How can you get prints made? Are custom edits offered? Is a custom designed album offered? When will you start to see some “teaser” images from your Special Day?
What are some of the biggest challenges you have faced when shooting a wedding and how have you handled them?
This answer to this question can be very telling. If the photographer says they have never had any challenges you might not want to go with them. There is always the possibility of some kind of setback on the wedding day from the weather not cooperating, traffic throwing off the timeline, vendors arriving late, wardrobe malfunctions and equipment malfunctions. You want to trust that your photographer can handle the stress and knowthat they can assist in helping everything run smoothly.
Be sure to add your own questions as they come to mind.