It’s no secret that wedding photographers have a big job on their hands. For that reason, it pays to shortlist a few different photographers and prepare a set of questions for them. With a little extra preparation, you can feel truly at ease with the wedding photographer you have chosen.
Not sure what to ask? Here is a list of 10 questions to ask your wedding photographer that will cover all bases.
What is your photography style?
Photography is an art, which means no two photographers are the same. Your wedding photos are important for keeping the memory of your wedding alive, so you want to make sure you like looking at them! Ask your photographer to give you a clear idea of what they have in mind; more candid images, more posed images, black and white, a mix of both – the list goes on!
Do you bring a second photographer?
Photographers often bring someone with them to help with positioning, choosing picturesque locations and capturing moments that they might miss themselves. Having an assistant or second photographer makes the process more efficient, however, they may charge extra for this so it’s best to ask first and decide whether that’s something you want.
Do you correct your photos?
Correcting photos to some degree is all part and parcel of wedding photography. Smoothing out imperfections isn’t such a bad thing! Just ask your photographer what lengths they go to when correcting images. The last thing you want is for your photos to be over-corrected and unnatural.
How will I receive my photos?
Most photographers will supply images in digital form, some may even offer a hard copy. Be sure about how you will receive your photos prior to signing with your photographer to ensure their price reflects their service.
How long will it take to receive my photos?
It can be a long, anxious wait to receive your wedding photos. You’ll be itching to get these memories in your hot little hand so ask your photographer what their turnaround time is. Typically, it can take around six weeks for a full set to be complete. It’s always good to compare the timeframe between your shortlisted photographers.
Are you familiar with my wedding venue?
Not only is this question important for the efficiency of your wedding photography, but photographers who are familiar with your venue will have a good grasp of where all the best photo spots are. With a good understanding of sunlit areas, large spaces for group shots and intimate settings, it definitely makes it easier for everyone when your photographer knows the venue.
Can I see examples of your previous work?
Your wedding photographer should have a social media presence as well as a portfolio. Do some online research before sitting down with them and ask if you could see a short portfolio. By looking at their previous work, you can get an understanding of how adaptable your wedding photographer is prepared to be, or if they’re a one-style-wonder.
How do you handle unexpected weather?
In all aspects of a wedding, accounting for a possible downpour is always sensible. In the case of wedding photography, you want to be sure that your photographer is equipped to handle stormy weather and harsh sunlight. This not only means in their abilities behind the camera but with extra assistance for shelter where needed.
How many weddings have you shot?
Experience is definitely a strong point when choosing a wedding photographer but that’s not to say you should dismiss up-and-coming photographers. Each end of the spectrum has its own benefits. An experienced photographer has been tried and tested, but a new photographer has a fresh set of ideas. Once you’ve looked at their previous work, you’ll know what feels right.
What is the cost and what is included?
Ultimately, this is the bottom line. Wedding photographers don’t always offer the same thing. Some might include an engagement shoot, some might include a second photographer, some might charge overtime. Get a clear picture of what they offer and a price to go along with it. This will be a big consideration for your point of comparison between photographers.
Here at Markovina Vineyard Estate, we want our couples to feel confident that they have chosen the perfect wedding photographer. A good tip for shortlisting photographers is to search your venue’s past wedding photos on their website or social media pages. All photos should be credited to the photographer so as you go through and find the styles you love, you’ll soon have a list of photographers to contact.
We have worked with a vast range of wedding photographers, each with their own unique style. If you’re looking for a great, reliable wedding photographer, check out our recommendations here. We have obtained our recommended lists of suppliers by asking couples to share feedback with us after their wedding. When a supplier is recommended multiple times, we make sure we add them to our website.
Here is an example of wedding photography from the Markovina wedding albums.
As experts in all things weddings, we only recommend suppliers we have worked with and can trust. When you host your wedding with us, we will only offer the best of the best. Call us today to have a chat about what you want for your wedding and how we can make your wedding dreams come true.