Hiring a wedding photographer is easy. Hiring a wedding photographer that you absolutely love, on the other hand, is very challenging! Use these questions to weed out the average photographers from the stellar ones, so that you can be thrilled with the finished photographs.
Five Questions To Ask Your Photographer In Person
Before meeting with your photographer in person, you should familiarize yourself with their work. Investigate the prices that they offer, and read the information provided through the their website. If you do this research before hand, you can use the in person interview as a time to dig deeper. Here are a list of questions to cover:
1. Can I see a full album?
You have already seen the portfolio that the photographer shares through their website, but this question will get you some more information. The portfolio is comprised of stand-out photos that the photographer is proud of. A full album will give you a glimpse into what a full range of shots looks like as a whole.
2. Who will be at the shoot?
Your photographer may arrive with one or two extra shooters. Be sure that you ask about all of the photographers who will be present, not just the lead photographer.
3. How would you describe your shooting style?
This question will help you determine if the photographer will be proactive and aggressive about getting shots, or if they will prefer to blend into the background. The mix that many couples prefer is a photographer who is kind, courteous, and comfortable with leading and directing so that necessary shots are accomplished in a timely manner.
4. What scheduling needs do you have on the wedding day?
Allow the photographer to explain what kind of a timeline will allow them to do their work the best. If a photographer is rushed, you won’t see the results that you hope for. Give them time to test the light, arrange beautiful compositions, and capture all of the colorful and fun details that fill your special day.
5. Do you have any advice for me?
This open-ended question can become a gold-mine of information. Wedding photographers have been to many weddings, and see the same mistakes or successes over and over. By asking for the photographers advice, you will pick up nuggets of wisdom, such as tips for brides and grooms about timing. For example, did you know that the best time for outdoor ceremonies is one to two hours before sunset?
Ask your wedding photographer these deep-digging questions so that you can sort out the average photographers from the amazing ones. In addition to finding the perfect match for your toes-in-the-sand wedding, you will also learn some valuable information in the process. Have you interviewed any potential wedding photographers yet? Did it go well, or horribly? Share in the comments below.