I’ve already written a blog post about how to go about choosing your wedding photographer, as it can be one of the HARDEST parts of planning your big day! But I wanted to also write a more narrowed down post about what questions you should be asking when talking to different photographers you’ve inquired with, because SO often, a bride tells me, “My friend told me to ask these questions,” or “I didn’t know what to ask, so my mom gave me a list.” And don’t get me wrong – that’s fine! But I wanted to give you questions from a photographer’s point of view so that you really understand WHAT you’re asking and WHY you should be asking it!
Here is a list of questions you’ll want to be sure to get answers to at some point before booking with your photographer, whether you ask them directly or they already have it answered on their website/FAQ’s/etc.:
Photographers should be open with you about why they charge what they do for travel fees. They shouldn’t be taking advantage and trying to charge you more than they would really need for a trip, but they also need to take into account not only flights/gas but lodging, food, and transportation – which can add up fast!
Wedding photographers do NOT usually give out copyright to photos, but make sure you know what rights you have to print + share your photos!
Photographers will typically have an estimated number of photos they deliver per hour of coverage.
I say to ask this because most photographers work with a professional printing lab to offer their clients prints, products, & albums of the highest quality possible! Choose to purchase these instead of buying cheap prints at Walgreens, because I PROMISE you the quality difference is crazy & so worth it!
Don’t stress if you don’t know any awesome vendors to reach out to! Photographers typically have lists of wedding vendors that they love & t trust to refer to couples.
Some photographers have specific photographers they reach out to to second shoot for them, and others sometimes have couples choose. It’s important you know what to expect if you want a second photographer! (Need help deciding if you want to hire one or not?! Click here!)
Photographers often archive their online galleries after a certain period of time, as we pay for online storage and need to gain space for new sessions/weddings. Some photographers never archive them, and some charge a gallery reopening fee after a certain time period. This is definitely something to ask so you know what to expect!
Most wedding photographers only do a slight skin retouching, if any, and may charge extra for more detailed skin/bodily/background touch ups, or may have somebody else they’d refer you to if you wanted more done.
Those are the most important questions you’ll want to make sure you know the answers to before you secure your dream photographer. Not only will you knowing these answers help YOU know what to expect, but it’ll also help your photographer be able to educate you on these important things & make sure you’re both on the same page. If you have any questions about these or anything else you’re wondering, shoot me a DM @imdaniellejohnson or an email at email@example.com! Stay safe & healthy out there, friends!