Questions to ask your wedding photographer before you hire them (Part 1)

  1. How many weddings have you shot in your career? Always good to know
  2. Are you shooting more than one wedding on my wedding day? If yes, ensure there is significant time in between both
  3. What is your preferred style of photography? There are several: Photo journalism, Artistic, Natural Light, Traditional andBlog-First-Year-As-A-Full-Time-Wedding-Photographer Illustrative
  4. Have you shot at my venue before? If they have then they will be familiar with sight lines etc, if not, it might be a good idea to invite them to go to the site with you.
  5. Do you work from a “shot list”? If yes then ask to see it and if not, a great follow up would be to ask if you are to provide one for them
  6. Can I request certain images are taken at the wedding? Be sure to ask how they will ensure they get these shots if the answer is yes.
  7. Do you bring your own lighting? This should almost always be a yes…if not, there should be a long, detailed answer as to why not!
  8. How many hours are included in your wedding package? It’s customary for photography to start at least 2 hours before the ceremony itself.
  9. How much is an additional hour(s) of your time? Always good to be clear on exactly how long you will require them to be there and how much overtime may cost.
  10. Will you use any images for advertising? This may not always be mentioned up front or stated in the contract so it’s good to know and this way if you aren’t comfortable with you, you can come to an agreement.

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