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5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

November 8, 2023

Here are the 5 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer as you start your wedding photographer search. Because wedding photography inquiry calls are easier and more enjoyable when you know what to ask.

It’s so important to connect with your wedding photographer. You are trusting them with your most important moments and letting them into your most vulnerable spaces. But beyond their portfolio and technical ability lies a crucial element: connection. Establishing rapport with your photographer is paramount, as it sets the stage for a collaborative and trusting relationship. And believe me when I say, this relationship can make or break your photos.

So, as you embark on this journey, with excitement and anticipation, it’s essential to equip yourself with the right questions to ensure that you find the perfect match. Here are 5 questions to ask your wedding photographer. These questions will guide your conversation and set the stage for a bond that will not only enhance your photographic experience but also give you stunning, heartfelt images that tell your unique and beautiful story.

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Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer #1: What is your philosophy and approach?

There are many styles of wedding photography and you want to be clear on the approach that your photographer takes. Is their style more documentary, editorial, traditional, candid, or art inspired? It’s more than picking up a camera and pressing the shutter, each photographer brings a piece of themselves to your wedding day. Ask them what drives them and how they’d characterize their style.

Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer #2: What is the process of working with you?

It’s important to know what role your wedding photographer will play, how much direction and artistic advice they offer, and the dynamic they will have with your planner. A well experienced photographer will have a clear explanation of what to expect from booking to gallery delivery as well as what it is like to work with them on the day. Are they more hands off and documentary? Do they provide creative direction and posing? Are they more vocal and stylized or do they let natural moments unfold? How much communication can you expect in the planning process? Do they send shot lists? Do you have planning meetings? No matter what energy you want for your celebration and planning, be sure you ask!

Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer #3: When will we receive our final gallery of images?

Every photographer’s workflow is different and you should know what to expect in terms of a timeline of receiving your final images. Don’t be dismayed- faster isn’t always better. Some photographers use film and that takes longer to develop at the lab. But, being prepared and having mutually clear expectations is what is key here.

#4: Do we receive preview images until then?

In addition to full gallery delivery times, you’ll want to know if your photographer offers preview images and how quickly you can expect those after the wedding. Do you receive a preview gallery? How many images? And if not, when can you expect to see images from your day? Do we wait for everything in the final gallery? Do they share teaser images on Instagram? All good to know so that you aren’t feeling lost!

#5: Do you work with a second photographer?

A team of photographers is important to executing your vision effortlessly. Do they have a second photographer that they work with? Do they have an assistant? A team of photographers? What are their roles? Who are they and what do they do on the day to support the photographer and execute your vision?

BONUS QUESTION: A little secret? At the end of your inquiry call with your perfect potential wedding photographer, you shouldn’t have any questions.

A wedding photographer who anticipates your needs and answers all of your questions before you can ask them, who lays out a clear plan and process and takes your inspiration and vision to heart, can truly set the tone for a stress-free and harmonious collaboration. When you’ve found the perfect potential wedding photographer, it’s more than just checking boxes—it’s about establishing trust and confidence in their abilities to capture your special day exactly as you envision. With no questions left unanswered, you can embark on this journey with excitement and peace of mind, knowing that you’ve chosen an artist who is exceptionally talented and fully prepared and organized to bring your wedding dreams to life through their lens.

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An Artist, Traveler, and Storyteller

Trained in film photography with an eye for all things beautiful, I take an authentic approach to my work and my life. Both fun loving and detail oriented, with a background in travel and language, I see every scene and situation as a chance to create something beautiful. I bring deep connection and meaning to my work, and on my lucky days I get to capture it with my camera with you.

Editorial film wedding photographer telling your story with artful excellence and purpose.

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