(Closed) Questions to Ask Potential Photographer

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
209 posts
Helper bee

some things to ask, in no necessary order:

1.) What is the timeline between after the wedding will you get the proofs, and said materials that would be included, e.g., album, etc? 

2.) If your wedding is going to be longer than 6 hours, how much would it be for so and so hours. 

3.) What does the contract look like?  If either one of you backs out, how will it work out with the reservation fee and any other things of that matter.

4.) How customizable are the packages?

5.) Ask about the photographers background, how long has he/she been shooting and why he/she loves wedding photography? (this could be a loaded question though…)

I am sure other bees would have better questions to offer to you for your needs.  🙂

Post # 4
635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If they work with a second shooter, who is it?

What time do they arrive on the day of?

Are there additional fees for travel?

What kind of equipment do they use? Do they have backup equipment?

Do you have to order an album now, or can you wait till after the wedding / later on?  Same with adding other stuff (engagement sessions, etc).

How would they define their photo style?

When dealing with a studio, who specifically would be shooting the wedding?


Post # 5
40 posts
  • Wedding: October 2009

I just went through this exercise and finally picked a photographer.

I would probably go through their website and blogs to get a sense of their style and see if that is what you like.  The reason I say this is just because they say “photojournalistic” or “artistic” is their style doesn’t necessarily make it so.

In addition to the questions above, also….

Make sure you have the rights to the images or they give you a letter saying you have rights to reprint your images or something to the effect.

See a full wedding album.

If there is a second shooter, see if you can see their work as well.

Ask if sales tax is included in the price or additional.

More importantly, make sure you feel comfortable with this person because he/she is going to be spending a significant portion of your wedding day with you.

Post # 6
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Are they insured?

See if they have the proof sheets around–so you don’t ONLY see the best of the best, but all the pics they took in a day so you can see the “bad” ones too. Otherwise you can be fooled by one super sweet extraordinary album

Definitely backup equipment

TURNAROUND TIME! I wish I’d asked this. 6 weeks later, STILL no blog posting about my wedding. no sneak peaks, nothing. You definitely want to know when to expect your goods, approximately anyways.

Post # 7
9 posts
  • Wedding: October 2006

Ask who your photographer will be on the day of and ask to see their portfolio.

Post # 8
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Just because of Murphy’s Law:


What happens if on the day of my wedding, you get plague, swine flu or are abducted by aliens?  Who will photography my wedding and how will you choose them?



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