What are the questions to ask your wedding photographer? You have your date locked in, booked the venue of your dreams and you’re now looking for the wedding photographer that can capture your day in all of its glory. Finding a photographer that is right for you might feel like a daunting task as there are so many to choose from. How do you know which one will best capture your day?
It is essential to ask the right questions to help find that out. I have compiled a list of Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer to help you in your search.
The Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer:
Q1. What is your photography style?
This is the most crucial question as it determines how your wedding day will look in photos. It is so important to find a photographer whose style and taste is similar to yours. Every photographer has their own unique approach and style. Therefore you should be able to understand their style and envision yourself in their work. My style is known for being effortless and full of life. I am a visual storyteller first and foremost. My style is candid, yet done so with some direction and styling—it has an approachable feel and a relaxed result. Each image is taken with a striking balance of creativity and attention to details. The photos I shoot must breathe life and tell an authentic, beautiful story of your day. I will guide you and find the best angles to make sure your wedding portraits are as flawless and effortless as your entire day.
Q2. How long have you been in the wedding industry?
Your wedding photographer must be a true professional who has extensive experience photographing weddings. They should be able to adapt to any environment and lighting situation and handle your wedding day with confidence and ease. These skills can only be accumulated through experience. With 15 years in the wedding industry, I have been in so many different and unique situations that my confidence in navigating tricky lighting scenarios is exceptionally high, and I stay on top of the game.
Q3. Who will be photographing my wedding?
If it is an independent photographer, then the person you’re interviewing is the person who will be photographing your wedding. However, if it’s a large studio that has multiple photographers, you should be able to meet them before the wedding.
I only shoot a certain number of weddings a year to ensure they all get the attention they deserve. It will always be myself meeting, shooting, editing and delivering your impeccable gallery. That means I am there from day one and know you both as well as your love story and wedding day, which allows your images to ooze authenticity. I do however have a small group of associate photographers who work with my shooting style that, should a date be booked but you still want my look and style, I will send them to shoot your day. Consistency is crucial, and thus I only trust my chosen associates to replicate my look with ease.
Q4. What if something happens to my photographer?
This is a fundamental question you should ask your potential wedding photographer. The ideal answer? Your photographer should have a solid backup plan in the event of an emergency. Whether it’s extra equipment or having a second photographer to step in if something happens, you should feel confident that they’ve got it covered.
When you invest in Herts Wedding Photography, you get peace of mind. From the time I shoot your wedding until the time I deliver your photos, I’ve got you and your photographs covered. All of my photographers have backup equipment, and we store all of your images on secured devices to make sure your memories are intact.
Q5. How many photographers are included in my package?
Ideally, it’s worth having two photographers shoot your wedding to ensure there are no missed moments. If you’re having a large wedding with more than 120 guests, then having two photographers is a must.
Q6. Can I see a gallery of recent weddings?
It’s vital to see the photographer’s complete work. It’s easy to showcase only the best photos in a portfolio or social media but seeing the quality and consistency of the full day coverage is critical. I always share a full photo gallery during a consultation so you can familiarise yourself with my work.
Q7. Do you colour correct all the images?
Some photographers edit only a small sample of their photos and give their clients raw pictures from the event. At Herts Wedding Photography, I recognise that what draws you to my work is the way I edit my photographs. You will receive a complete set of all the photos from your wedding day edited in my signature way. I am a post-production expert who makes sure that every image you receive is as flawless as the rest of our work on my website.
Q8. Have you shot at my venue before?
Some couples feel more confident knowing their potential photographer has shot at their venue before. It is particularly important to consider the lighting conditions of the venue as well as other features like ceiling height or lots of wood wall panels throughout the reception hall. The reason is that these types of venues require special skills set to photograph. Your photographer should be a lighting expert who knows precisely how to bring the best out of your wedding venue.
With over 15 years of experience, I can say that I’ve been there and seen it all. Regardless of the venue, whether I have shot there or not, I can adapt to any lighting situation. But a bonus from me is I set time aside before your wedding to go and scout the venue myself and plan a timeline that suits the locations for you to have a smooth-running day with perfect images.
Q9. Do you shoot anything else other than weddings?
I think this is an important question to ask as you might want to know your photographer’s personal taste and style. If they are interested in fashion photography, you can expect them to be good at guiding you and helping find the right poses. On the other hand, if they are big on street photography and photojournalism, you can anticipate lots of artful, documentary-style photos of your wedding.
Q10. What information do you need from me before the wedding?
This is so important! Your wedding photographer should have your wedding day itinerary and know every detail of your wedding day. From early morning gift exchange to a surprise music performance such as singing waiters at your reception, this information will help your wedding photographer to stay alert and take flawless photographs. Most importantly, I also like getting to know my couples on a more personal level. What movies do you like? What places are on your travel bucket list? It allows me to take a personal approach to your wedding and engagement photos and show an authentic and beautiful story of your love.
If you are looking for a wedding photographer in Bedfordshire or any of the surrounding counties, please do get in touch for a chat!