1. How far in advance do I need to book with you?
2. How long have you been in business?
3. How many weddings have you shot? Have you done many that were similar to mine in size and style?
4. How would you describe your photography style (e.g. traditional, photojournalistic, creative)?
5. How would you describe your working style? NOTE:The answer should help you determine whether this is a photographer who blends into the background and shoots what unfolds naturally, or creates a more visible presence by taking charge and choreographing shots.
6. What do you think distinguishes your work from that of other photographers?
7. What type of equipment do you use?
8. Can I give you a list of specific shots we would like?
9. What information do you need from me before the wedding day?
10. May I have a list of references? NOTE: The photographer should not hesitate to provide this.
11. Are you the photographer who will shoot my wedding? If so, will you have any assistants with you on that day? If not, who will be taking the pictures and can I meet them before my wedding?
12. Do you have backup equipment? What about a backup plan if you (or my scheduled photographer) are unable to shoot my wedding for some reason?
13. Do you back up photo files in multiple locations?
14. Are you photographing other events on the same day as mine?
15. Is it okay if other people take photos while you’re taking photos?
16. Have you ever worked at my wedding site before? If not, do you plan to check it out in advance?
17. What time will you arrive at the site and for how long will you shoot?
18.If my event lasts longer than expected, will you stay? Is there an additional charge?
Packages, Proofs and Prints
19. Do you provide retouching, color adjustment or other corrective services?
20. How long after the wedding will I get the proofs? Will they be viewable online? On a CD?
21. Do you provide copies of all photos in color and black & white?
Contracts and Policies
22. When will I receive a written contract? TIP: Don’t book a photographer—or any vendor—who won’t provide a written contract.
23. How much of a deposit do you require? When do you require the remainder of the payment?
24. What is your refund/cancellation policy?
25. Do you have liability insurance?
Questions to Ask Yourself:
1. Do I feel a connection with this photographer as well as his/her photos? Are our personalities a good match?
2. Am I comfortable with this person’s work and communication style?
3. Has this photographer listened well and addressed all my concerns
@mariematt: here is my list of questions. I’m sure a lot of them will be answered throughout our conversation, and I already deleted a few and will likely leave out some from this list, but your input from a photographers point of view would be really appreciated!!