Find the Perfect Photographer for Your Big Day by Asking These Questions
Finding the perfect photographer for your wedding day is one of the most important parts of planning your big day. After all, your photographer is almost solely responsible for capturing all of the memories you will cherish for the rest of your life. Although you may have received tons of recommendations from your friends, it’s a good idea to go with your gut and ask your photographer a few specific questions before you make a final decision.
Can I Look at Your Portfolio?
Every photographer has a different style. Due to this, it’s important that you find one that matches your personal style and the overall theme of your wedding. To make this happen, ask your potential photographer to show you a few photographs from some weddings they’ve done. By doing this, not only can you get a better feel for the photographer’s style, but it can also help you figure out how well they’re able to adapt their style to meet different client needs.
As you look at your potential photographer’s portfolio, it’s also a good idea to ask them if you can talk to some of their clients. By speaking with other happy couples, you’ll be better able to determine if you’ll have a good experience with your photographer. Never underestimate the importance of having a photographer that will move things along with your photographs and eliminate some of your stress on your big day.
Additionally, you should make sure that you’re looking at entire weddings. For example, you should be able to see pictures from the actual ceremony, the bride getting ready, the reception, and everything else that happens in-between. Remember, your photographer is there to catch those small details that you’ll want to document.
When Will I Get My Pictures Back?
After your wedding, you’ll probably be extremely anxious to get your pictures back, look through them for hours, and turn them into wedding thank you cards to send out to your guests. However, the editing process takes time and if you know how long it takes to get your photos back, you’ll be more patient with the process. To make sure that problems don’t turn up after your wedding, ask your photographer when you will get your photographs back and how long you have to pick which proofs you want for your wedding album.
How Many Pictures Will I Receive?
At your wedding, there probably won’t be any shortage of pictures taken by your friends, your family members, and your photographer. However, you will probably only receive a certain number back from your photographer. To make sure a clear expectation is set well before your wedding day, ask your potential photographer how many you can expect back. In many cases, the photographer will agree to edit a certain number, but will be willing to give you all of pictures they took, non-edited, in digital format.
What Type of Equipment Do You Use?
It’s natural when you go to acquire a product or service to want top-quality products to be used during its creation. The same holds true for your wedding photographer. As you interview your photographer, ask them:
- What type of camera they use
- What file format they use when they shoot weddings
- Any other equipment they use to get great shots in both outdoor and indoor environments
You should also make sure to ask your photographer what they’ll do to back up the photos they take on your big day. This way, if something happens, you still get to enjoy the pictures from your wedding day.
How Long Have You Been Doing Weddings?
How long a photographer has been doing weddings doesn’t necessarily correlate to their level of talent or their ability to get great shots on the big day. However, in most cases, a person who has done several weddings will be more familiar with what expectations their clients will have. Keep in mind that experience often dictates the price and in many cases, you can’t put a price tag on enthusiasm.
What Happens if You Can’t Photograph My Wedding?
Emergencies happen and unfortunately, even your wedding day isn’t immune to them. If something were to happen and your photographer is unable to spend the day photographing your wedding, you need to know what their backup plan is. For example, in some cases, photographers have another person who works at their studio who can step in and capture all of the memories from your big day.
However, you need to know what this backup plan is before you hire your photographer. If you can, ask your photographer if they have a contract for you to sign and make sure that this backup plan is included in it.
Although finding a good photographer for your wedding can be a little bit stressful, this doesn’t mean that the process shouldn’t be fun. Even if it does take a little bit of time to find the right fit, it will be well worth it in the end.
Bryan Passanisi is an online marketer living in the Redwood City, California area. He graduated from The University of San Francisco with his Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. He has managed and written for a popular wedding blog and had the opportunity to create viral content. He currently writes for Shutterfly