Your wedding photos will be something you will cherish for the rest of your life. Whether it’s a picture of you and the groom holding hands or a close-up of your wedding cake, each time you see them you will relive the special feelings and emotions of your wedding day. This is why it’s so important to hire a great wedding photographer.
Consider the following questions to ask your photographer to ensure that you will get the kinds of photos you want:
1. What is your personal style or do you specialize in a particular style?
You want to know that your photographer and your desires are on the same page. If you want natural, beautiful shots and your photographer specializes in planned, orchestrated shots, you may not be happy with the results. Find out what his or her specialty is and how they plan to take the shots for your wedding.
2. Can I see samples of previous wedding photos you’ve done?
It’s very important to see samples of previous wedding photos from your potential photographer. This way, you can see the quality of the photos and how well the photographer captured the magic of the day. If you don’t like the looks of the sample wedding photos, perhaps you should interview another photographer.
3. Have you taken pictures at my wedding location before?
If your photographer is a good one, there is a chance he or she has taken photos at your wedding venue for another couple in the past. This is quite helpful, since the photographer will have a good idea of the lighting and setup of the location.
4. What sort of cameras will you be using?
Even if you have no idea what kinds of cameras a photographer is supposed to use, asking the question will give you an idea of the experience and knowledge of the photographer. If you want to make sure he or she is using appropriate equipment to meet your needs, look the cameras up later.
5. Can other individuals take pictures as well?
Some photographers ask that no one else take pictures because the flashes can interrupt the professional pictures. It may also distract the subjects of the photos and mess up the professional pictures. Be sure to ask this question so you can time the photo taking of your guests or yourself.
6. How soon after the wedding will the prints be available and will I receive negatives?
It’s important to know the cost of the photos, how soon they will be ready for you and whether or not you will receive the negatives. If you will, does the photographer charge you an extra fee for this?
By ensuring that you have good questions to ask your photographer, you can be sure that your wedding photos will be gorgeous, creating the perfect memento of your big day.
Photo by Union Photography