Key Questions To Ask Before Picking A Wedding Photographer

Key Questions To Ask Before Picking A Wedding Photographer

A good wedding photographer isn’t cheap, so you want to hire one that you know will capture your special day the way you want. Here are some questions to ask a wedding photographer to make sure you two see eye-to-eye.

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Besides asking about their schedule and rate, go over these topics with your photographer before signing a contract:

  • What do you think makes a great photograph? This helps you get an idea of what the photographer thinks makes an impactful image and if they will focus on what you want in their photos. Checking out some of their previous work and references will help solidify this too, so make sure you ask for them.
  • How do you use photography to tell a story? The photographer has an important role in telling the story of your wedding day, from the preparation to the reception. You definitely want to hear how they plan to compose that story before committing to anything.
  • Do you have an overtime policy or other special conditions? The unexpected could come up — especially delays, or a reception that runs a little long. Chatting about this now prevents surprises later.

These are just a few questions to include in the conversation you have when talking to potential photographers. They shouldn’t be the only ones, and The Financial Diet has a few more at the link below.

8 Questions You’re Afraid to Ask Your Wedding Photographer (But Should, If You Want Amazing Photos) [The Financial Diet]


  • Proof is in the pudding – ask to see their previous work and judge it on quality as well as “personal feel”.

    Portrait/people photography is tricky. Wedding photography even more so.

    There’s usually little control over space and lighting. And many moments are spontaneous so can’t be recreated. Aside from the obligatory formal photos, most others are a blink and miss it type.

    I’d say the best judge is whether people in the shots (aside from the formal ones) look natural or posed. A good photographer will capture the day as it really happened, not just a roll-call of who was there.

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