(Closed) Meeting with a photographer for the first time..

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Post # 3
8446 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

copyright release/can you print/post/use the photos

are the images retouched

Post # 4
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

ask them why they love weddings and why they became a photographer. then ask if they have liability and errors and omissions insurance haha. practical questions and inspirational ones! 🙂

Post # 5
2691 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Oooo! So exciting! I just did my first meeting with my photographers a week ago, and it was awesome! Hope yours goes the same! Here are some of the things I asked about:

Copyright Release

Photography style



Any specific shooting issues you have (i.e. we want our dog in our engagement photos, not all photographers can work with that)

Ask to see a full wedding that they have shot, a lot of the times the blogs you see are just the cream of the crop pictures. Even a broken clock is right twice a day, you wanna make sure they are good from beginning to end.

Discuss your theme, vision, and expectations for the wedding (i.e. we are having a steampunk themed wedding which is not familiar to a lot of people so we wanted to be sure our photographers were in the loop.)

Just chit chat! You want to like your photographers as well, they need to make you feel comfortable to get the best pictures possible!

Post # 6
4439 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall

If they’re sick what will they do?  How many shooters do you get?  What if one of them is sick?

Post # 7
142 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I asked about if an album was included.  Also be sure to ask about travel costs! Some charge for their gas/tolls/hotels/etc. depending on where they have to travel for the wedding.  Important to know how many hours of coverage you get.  And how long you have to wait to get your photos.  The method of release (cd, flash drive, online album). 

Post # 9
1227 posts
Bumble bee

We met with a photographer for the first time yesterday. Some of the questions I asked were:

– how long do you keep the digital files (basically, how long do we have to order reprints & books after the wedding)

– if there would be a second shooter

– her thoughts on the guests taking pictures

– how she would use our photos (i.e. if she posted them on blogs, etc and if we had any say on that. Our ceremony venue if very unique and does not host weddings, so it’s really important to me that before it gets blogged about, that we have their permission in order to save them hassels from other couples. Ditto for where some of our posed portraits post-wedding will be taken. Again, it is not a location that allows for couples to come and get wedding photos done, and I don’t want them to be innundated with requests if it’s blogged)

– when we should expect to have teasers and proofs

– how we can customize the packages

– how her typical wedding unfolds (when she arrives, when she shoots family pictures, etc)

– her preferred locations for photos of the bride and groom

– how long she likes for B&G photos

– how many exposures we can expect to have to review

– her experience


Mostly though, she interviewed us–asked us both to tell her about us, what was important in our lives, how we met, what we do for a living, what we like to do together, etc.

She is more expensive than my Fiance was expecting to pay for wedding photography (He really had no idea what to expect), but he was very happy when we left yesterday, and this week I’m going to pay a deposit.  I guess one of the biggest things for me was that I liked her and she is fun (beyond doing incredible work), so it’ll be easy and enjoyable for me to have her by my side for that day.  She doesn’t do a lot of weddings anymore (has moved into more corporate and studio photography), and she was pretty excited with our venue, and some of the elements of our day, which gives me confidence that we’ll get some really creative shots from her.  I really like that within 4 weeks we’ll be invited to her studio to view our images projected on a large screen for viewing.  We can bring family and friends, enjoy a glass of wine, and relive our day. 🙂




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