(Closed) Questions to ask Photog References

posted 14 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2008 - United Methodist Cathedral & historic downtown hotel in Cleveland

Maybe, if you were getting married all over again, would you hire the same photographer?

Post # 4
40 posts

How was he dressed?

How long did he take to get the picture to you after the wedding?

Was he on time?

Post # 5
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

This is an awesome post!! I wish I had found it a couple weeks ago when I had to nervously stumble through phone calls with photographer and videographer references!!   I definitely think the "how were they dressed?" question is something that I am a little concerned about (please, God, don’t let them show up in jeans!).  Also, I would have liked (but was too uncomfortable) to ask, "Do they smoke?"  If so, will they miss great photos because they are outside smoking?  Things that I was not too uncomfortable to ask were:

      1.) Do they allow guests to take flash photos?

      2.) Was their presence very obvious?

      3.) Did you have anything to worry about on your wedding day concerning them?

      4.) Did they need a guide to point out important people…did they care if they had a guide or not?

      5.) Did you think about your photos during the day, or just if you were looking good?

      6.) How was the quality of the prints?  What sizes did you purchase?

      7.) Did you get an album?  How was the quality?  What was your level of input?

      8.) Were they on time?  Did they stay until the end of the night or were they packing up while the reception was still going on?

      9.) Do they bring a helper?  How many people will be coming?

     10.) What would you do differently?  Different poses/more or less candids/more or less posed pics, etc.?

     11.) Did you feel that the pictures you received were the same level of quality as the samples they showed you beforehand/what they show on their website? 

Post # 6
19 posts
  • Wedding: September 2007

I just want to add something to MissTeaberry’s post:

Concerning #8, I only expected my photographer to stay for the hours I paid her for- therefore she was packing up a couple hours before the end of the reception.  That was part of our contract- 8 hours of photography.  And when I shoot weddings, I normally don’t stay till the end unless they’ve booked me for that many hours.

 Just something to think about.

Post # 7
29 posts
  • Wedding: January 2003

I’d say keep it to three key questions if you want the most honest response from your references. I stopped giving out my references because I could tell my past couples (I’m a photographer) weren’t enjoying the process.

Most important would be promptness and if they would book him again (if they did it all over again). The most important is viewing FULL weddings, not just a gallery of mixed images, and then making sure that your personalities mix. Your photographer is going to be around you ALL day and you want to make sure that you guys fit together 🙂 Hope that helps!

Bobby Earle


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