Post # 1
I booked my photographer back in October 2009 and we’ve communicated a lot over email, but we’re just meeting face-to-face for the first time this afternoon. I wanted to meet her just to get to know her a little bit before we do our engagement pics and obviously before the wedding, but I’m kind of drawing a blank on what specific questions I should ask her.
I know I want to ask about locations she has in mind for both e-pics and wedding pics. I also plan to give her an idea of the “look” we want in our photos. And finally I wanted to talk to her about the timeline for the day of the wedding to ensure we’ll have enough time for photos.
I feel like I’m missing some things though. Any other questions I should be asking?
Thanks so much!
ETA: Sorry! Meant to post this in the photo section of the boards…wasn’t thinking!
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
Here are some questions I emailed to the wedding photographers I contacted. Hope this helps.
1. Do you shoot in film, digital, or both?
2. Do you have backup equipment in case something breaks? And is there a backup photographer in case of emergencies?
3. Approximately how many photos do you take per event/per hour? Will we get the digital negatives of everything that you shoot?
4. Do you shoot in color or black and white? Or both? Do you shoot in a digital format that can create both color and b/w versions of the same picture?
5. How long have you been a wedding photographer, and how many weddings have you photographed?
6. What are your criteria for choosing what you would photograph at my wedding?
7. What is your payment schedule (deposit, final payments, etc.)?
8. Can you provide any references?
Post # 4
Hmmm…I would ask for tips on what kind of makeup she thinks photographs well. Also, what kinds of colors and things to wear. Oh, and if there are any props you should bring…what to expect.
Edited to add: I mainly answered those things because I figured you already asked the basics when you booked
Post # 5
Hmmm, I’d ask her if she brings back up equipment. I don’t know if that’s a typical question, but it was important for me to ask. I wanted to know that, in the event a camera breaks, they’ll have another one on hand. Imagine if it breaks and there’s no back up, you don’t have professional pictures! Ah!
Post # 6
danadelphi- Oooh good questions, I’ll be writing these down!
Post # 7
Good tips everyone — thanks so much!
@ danadelphia – Awesome questions. Just wanted to clarify that I’ve already booked the photographer and asked most of those questions at that time…now I’m looking to get more into details for the day of the wedding. I think this list is a great reference for anyone who hasn’t yet booked a photog!