When it comes to weddings, I feel like everyone says when you know, you know. When you meet the person you want to marry, you will know. When you try on YOUR dress, you will know. I don’t know about the dress (I haven’t got to that part yet!) but I had this feeling when we met our photographer.
I, of course, asked all the usual questions (please see below if you need help), but the most important thing we did was meet her in person. I had a few skype calls with various photographers but none of them clicked like our chosen photographer. Maybe it was because we were face-to-face but she immediately put me at ease and i’m going to need that on the actual day.
She answered most of the questions I had before I had even asked them. She told me about how she plans to back-up our wedding photos, how she plans to shoot on the day and most importantly her style. She made it very clear that her style will not change so if we didn’t like it we should find someone else. I liked the way she was upfront yet soft and kind. I have been told by many married friends that a good photographer can make your wedding day a hell of a lot easier.
I feel so much better now I feel we have a good photographer so I wanted to share some of the questions I asked and most importantly meet them in person!
Questions to ask:
- Can I see a portfolio or a couple of examples of complete albums to make sure I’m happy with your style? (Instagram accounts are the easiest way to do this)
- Do you take photos in black&white, colour, or both?
- What is provided as part of the service? How many pictures will be taken and how many will we get to choose for our album? (our photographer doesn’t have a limit but some do so watch out for this)
- Can we keep the negatives and if not, is there an option to buy them?
- Do you know the venue, and if not are you prepared to travel there before the wedding to familiarise yourself with it?
- Will you be photographing the wedding yourself or sending an assistant?
- Will there be more than one photographer on the day?
- How soon after the wedding will proofs be available?
- How much is the deposit and when is it due? When is the balance due?
- Do you have public liability insurance and indemnity? (All good photographers should be insured)
- What happens if you are unwell and unable to make it on the day – do you know a photographer with the same style who could step in if necessary?
- What happens if it rains?
- Can my guests take their own pictures?
- What is the cancellation/postponement policy?
- What spare kit do you take – what happens if your camera breaks on the day?
- Will my wedding be the only one you are shooting on that particular day?
- Do you charge overtime fees?
Also don’t be afraid to ask if the price can be discounted. I was reluctant because I didn’t want to offend but a few months in to wedding planning I pretty much ask everyone. The worst they can do is say no!
I hope this helps!