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Important Questions to Ask Photographers Before You Book

Important Questions to Ask Photographers Before You Book

Your wedding photographer is an important part of your big day. Not only will your wedding photographer be a huge part of your budget but you’re trusting them with capturing the memories of your wedding day. That’s a huge responsibility, so you need to make sure you have the right photographer in your corner. Here are some questions to ask wedding photographers before booking and before stepping in front of the camera lens.


How many hours does this package provide?
Most photographers have different “packages” they sell that offer things like different amounts of time or printed photos. Make sure you know how many hours you’ll be getting your photographer for. Also, try and front-load your photography hours. You’ll treasure the pictures of you and your girls getting ready in front of the camera lens from But at the end of the day, you really don’t need tons and tons of people-dancing photos. 

Have you ever shot at my venue before?
If a photographer is familiar with a venue, they may be able to suggest shots you hadn’t previously thought of in different locations. They’ll also already know things like the best angle to shoot the head table from. However, don’t discount your photographer just because they’ve never been to your venue. Sometimes when choosing a wedding photographer, a fresh pair of eyes can make for awesome photos.

Do you prefer couples do a first look?
Some photographers have strong opinions on timeline. Others will be more willing to go with the flow. Either is fine, as long as you’re on the same page. Photographers go to hundreds of weddings every year. They’re wedding experts and can be a valuable resource when it comes to planning out your day.

What’s your photography style?
Other important questions to ask your photographer have to do with photography style. Do they like to take a lot of traditional portraits? Lean more towards the photojournalism side? Spend a lot of time on details, like of your shoes and dress? Love black-and-whites or cool filters? Different photographers can take vastly different photos with their Sony camera from When choosing a wedding photographer, make sure you’re working with one who will be able to produce the product you want. 

How many photographers will be there?
When choosing a wedding photographer, many brides opt for two shooters instead of one. That allows for one photographer to mainly be taking photos of the couple, and the other to shoot fun pictures of guests and décor. It also provides for a variety of angles and viewpoints.

Will you be my photographer, or would it be one of your associates?
You can get along great with a photographer, but it doesn’t matter if they’re not the one who actually shows up for the day. Some larger companies have a wide breadth of photographers they send out so if that’s what you’re dealing with, it’s an important question to ask your wedding photographer.

Do you have a written contract?
Never hire a wedding photographer that doesn’t supply a written contract. Look it over for things like “acts of God” clauses and any hidden fees.

Will I have the digital rights to my photos?
Digital rights will allow you to share any pictures on Facebook or Instagram watermark-free.

Will I have printing rights to my photos?
Educate yourself on copyright in your wedding photography contract. Investigate whether or not you’ll be able to send your photos to an online printing company instead of paying for the wedding photographer to print them. These are extremely important questions to ask wedding photographers before booking.

How long after the wedding until we receive the photos?
You’ll obviously be incredibly excited to check out the pictures, but it can often take weeks or even months. Knowing ahead of time will help you manage your expectations.

When is the deposit due?
It’s important to know when you’ll have to fork over a huge chunk of change. Most photographers will require some kind of deposit to firmly book your date. You should also inquire when the rest of the payment will be due. When it’s time to begin choosing a wedding photographer, don’t be intimidated. Have your list ready of the questions to ask wedding photographers before booking. After all, this is your big day!
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