Updated: Jun 8
Choosing the right photographer for your wedding is one of the most important vendor decisions you’ll make – the memories they capture are the ones you’ll look back on for years to come. Their personality is also important, you need to ensure you hire someone that makes you feel comfortable and that you are happy to spend your day with. There are so many talented wedding photographers out there with a wide range of packages and prices.
What is their style of photography?
What type of photography are you interested in? ‘Formal’ for the more traditional, posed look, a ‘candid’ style for a relaxed, less staged balance between semi-posed and impromptu shots or ‘reportage’ that tells the story of the wedding and has a very natural look.
Ask to see their portfolio to get a feel of what their style is.
These are pretty self-explanatory, it’s good to get an idea of what they’ve done before but remember there are some great photographers out there who may be new to the wedding business so be willing to give them a chance – this is why reviewing their portfolio will give you the best indication on their skills.
How long have you been in business?
How many weddings have you photographed?
What kind of venues and locations are your favourites for photography?
How much time is included for wedding day coverage?
This may depend on your budget and the package you pick, think about how long you’ll need the photographer to be there in order to capture all the moments you want to be shot.
How many shots will be taken?
Will you have an assistant or a second shooter at the wedding?
What are your wedding packages and pricing?
What type of deposit is required and what is the schedule of payments?
How many prints/albums are included?
What is your cancellation policy?
Do you have liability insurance?
On the Day
Who, specifically, will photograph the wedding?
Is it the person you’re speaking to? What happens if they’re ill?
What type of equipment do you use?
What is the backup plan if your camera fails?
What will your attire be?
Do you require meals?
After your Wedding
Ensure you discuss how long you have wait to see the images after the wedding and what format these will be delivered to you in – prints, online gallery, in an album?
How many photos can I expect to receive?
How soon after the wedding will the online gallery be ready?
How much post-processing and digital retouching do you typically do?
What album styles are available?