Ok so you have started looking at wedding photographers and if you have not been lucky enough to know one already or be recommended one then you probably are completely blown away by how many there is out there. Sometimes I have a google and it even blows me away so don’t worry you are not alone!
I always advocate that this is not something you want to skimp on but equally you also want to do your due diligence on as it cannot be reshot. If you need help on how to find good photographers then I have a great blog post about that HERE.
This post is actually the 9 must ask questions once you have a short list, the kind of questions you should either ask via email or at your first meeting with the photographer. I cannot stress enough just how important it is to meet with potential photographers in person, and if not possible then skype. You need to know if you can spend a whole day with them!
So, let’s get to it what are the questions that you may of not thought to ask…
- Will they be the person photographing your wedding, seems like a silly question but I cannot tell you the number of times I have been told by brides and venues after the big day someone they had not met showed up to take the photos or even the video for that matter!
- What happens if they are ill or unable to attend at short notice? It would be nice to say that we are never ill or have never missed a wedding but we really do not know what might happen and any established professional will have a backup plan and if they are like me they will have a backup plan for the backup plan just in case!
- Speaking of backups, I think that in this day and age we can easily assume that people have backups, but I think it is wise to check. I personally have professional cameras with 2 cards slots so if one fails then I have a backup, but I also have 3 hard drives they are backed up to as well as a cloud back up of the final edited images. It is worth asking when and when the backups are made and then how long they are kept for. Especially in this day of the GDPR it is important to know when and how long they will be stored for as well as the personal details.
- What is included in the wedding package or collection and what do you have to pay for after? Everyone does it differently and whilst one photographer may seem like a bargain it may be that the majority of charges are after the wedding. If they have made it clear that there is additional charges after or possible extras to purchase after you can ask what the average couple spends or buys, it gives you a good idea of what to expect.
- Are they willing to stay later if things overrun, or do they have a time limited package? If they say 8 hours is there a cut off time or possibility to get over time if needs be?
- Can you see an example of an entire wedding they have shot? This is the absolute best way to see exactly what you can expect from them, and if they have one at your venue or one similar to yours then even better as you will be able to see exactly what they can do in that type of venue.
- How long after the wedding will it be before you see your photos? This depends on a lot of things but I think it is a good idea to set the expectations right from the start, a professional will have a good idea of how long it will take at the time of year of your wedding.
- Can you share the photographs on line, or will they have a watermark? This is really dependant on the photographer but again I think this is something you should be clear about right up front.
- Do they have public liability insurance and can they provide you or your venue a copy? I cannot tell you how many times I have heard about people not having this. Thankfully many venues are getting smart and asking for this before they allow you to work there, but if not then it is likely your contract with the venue makes you responsible or liable if they have not got it so make sure.
I could go on but I just wanted to give you something to work with, I personally love it when a couple comes armed with a list of questions but equally if they don’t I would answer these without them asking in conversation anyway.