Post # 1
We’re currently in the process of finding a photographer for our wedding and I’m pretty sure that we’ve found the one! We’re supposed to talk to her over the phone sometime this week. I know that we should ask her things but I’ve forgotten almost everything I should be asking about. So far, I only have two questions:
Will there be a second shooter?
What arrangements do you make if you have an emergency the day of the wedding?
What else should I ask her?
Post # 3
– What do the packages include? (albums, engagement sessions, trash the dress, etc.)
– Do you get full rights to the photographs to do with as you please and to what degree?
– Does s/he blog about your pictures or use your photos for commercial purposes?
– Do they charge for travel (like do you have to be within the same county)?
– If you don’t get full rights to print your own pictures and you have to go through them, how much are prints, albums, canvas wraps, etc.?
– Is it an actual second shooter or just a photographer’s assistant? (One shoots, one just lugs stuff around.)
– Do they need vendor meals? (Some also require hot meals, meaning whatever the guests are eating.)
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Post # 6
@PizzutiStudios: I think question 7 is poorly worded, but the follow up description helps clarify what they are after. Keep in mind that wedding photography is not a regulated industry, and some of the best photographers never went to school for it. Experience can be very valuable of course, but everything must be considered. A photographer who has been in the business 25 years may be hugely experienced and completely outdated. You just have to weigh all of the factors together.
ALL of these questions in that link you should know about your photographer. But the number one thing is personality. What seems to get overlooked so much in this forum is how big a factor getting along with, trusting, and just genuinely liking your photographer is in how the photos turn out. I’m not saying price will ever not be a factor, but it doesn’t matter how much stuff you get in a package if you don’t love the photos!
Post # 7
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
Martha Stewart has a great checklist:
Post # 8
@rebwana: the Martha Stewart one has a few flaws…
* Have you ever shot at my venue?
Having a photographer who has shot multiple times at your venue isn’t necessarily an advantage. Personally our best most creative work is when we are shooting at a venue for the first time. Checking it out in advance is also not necessary for us personally, quite a few of our weddings are out of state so it often times isn’t even feasable for us to pre-visit a site. I don’t think you should exclude a photographer based on that.
* Can I purchase the copyright?
This gets beaten to death in here, but remember owning the copyright to the photos in the USA is rare, expensive, and not necessary unless you are trying to sell your photos for profit. The better question to ask is whether or not the photographer will provide a print release for any full resolution files you receive.
* How far in advance do I need to book?
If you like a photographer and want them to shoot your wedding, book them as quickly as you can. The sooner you book, the better. Not only can you sometimes save money by booking them early (most photographers raise prices at least once yearly), but it’s the only way to insure that they will be available on your date. Most in the industry operate on a first come first serve basis.
* How many pictures do you take?
Totally irrelevant. More importantly is how many photos do you receive. Don’t expect an exact figure. Approximations will vary from photographer to photographer, and factors like the number of hours and whether or not there are one or two photographers will impact this. Generally the more images you receive, the less post processing will be done.
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
My favorite question all our vendors have enjoyed so far is “What is something people never ask but you wish they did?” you really find out what is important to your vendor (in case you want to know, one photographer answered “do i do this full time?” and another said anything they automatically expect but don’t ask about.. make sure your expectations clear up front)
If you plan to have a videographer, I would also ask how they plan to coordinate with other vendors.
Post # 10
I think the other bees have posted some great questions but above all else I think it’s most important to get to know who your photographer is as a person. You could book the best photographer money can buy but if you don’t communicate well, feel comfortable around, or trust your photographer to get the best shots you will simply not enjoy the experience.
I would rather go for a slightly less experienced photographer who doesn’t shoot high class photojournalistic pictures but I get along with over a top notch photographer who is a douche.
So in light of this I would also suggest asking questions about them. Why did they get into photography? What are some activities they enjoy? Do they consider themselves sociable or a little more reserved? If you can feel comfortable chatting with them you will feel more comfortable working with them overall.
Post # 11
If you have certain concerns, ask! As a plus size bride, I have to be careful of my angles and asked the photographer about that. Also Fiance doesn’t like taking pictures so we asked how they deal with someone like that.