5 Questions to Ask a Photographer Before You Hire
Undoubtedly, if you have become recently engaged, you have a lot on your mind. There are a ton of resources out there that list out questions to ask a photographer that you may be meeting with. We find that many times we are asked questions that don’t seem meaningful and that our couples don’t ask us because they care, but because someone told them they should ask.
Our best advice is to think about what truly matters to you when it comes to hiring your Minnesota wedding photographers. Be sure to ask yourself some questions before setting up a consult or meet-and-greet with a photographer. What do you like about this photographer’s work? What photos are the most important for you to have as keepsakes in years to come? What will you do with the images after your wedding day? Which details of your day are the most important to you?
5 Questions to Ask a Photographer in Your Initial Meeting
Once you have a good idea what YOU want out of your wedding photography, think critically about the questions you ask when you meet with a photographer. Below are some of the best questions we have been asked:
1. What do you (your photographer) love most about wedding photography?
This is a great opening question to get you acquainted with your photographer. The answer they provide should give you a good indication of whether or not you will get along with your photographer(s). Keep in mind, it is VERY important that you like your photographers as people because you will be spending every minute of your whole wedding day with them.
2. Who will be photographing our wedding?
There are different types of photography studios. Some of them are small (like us) where the photographer is the only one and shoots every wedding. Alternatively, there are also many studios that are much larger and operate with many photographers. Be sure you are meeting with the photographer that will actually be with you on your day.
3. Can I see a full gallery of images from a wedding with a venue like ours?
Many times in wedding photography there are a lot of smoke-and-mirrors. Photographers, just like any business wants to put their best work out for the world to see. It’s important to see all the images from a wedding day to set your own expectations. Additionally, viewing a gallery of images for a similar venue to yours is important, especially if you are getting married or are having your reception in a dark venue. Some photographers excel in lighting techniques for darker venues than others. Dark venues can be tricky and can easily result in disappointing images if your photographer doesn’t understand how to handle low-light environments.
4. What comes with my wedding collection?
Be sure to come into the conversation with a list of must-haves from your wedding package. If you really would like a wedding album or a canvas to display your favorite photo in your house, be sure to ask if that is included in your collection or if it would be extra - and make sure your photographer offers those things! If printing your images on your own after your day is important, make sure digital negatives and a printing release are included as well.
5. Do you have a copy of the contract I can read?
It is very important to have a written contract with any wedding day vendor. The contract protects both you and your photographer in the event something goes wrong. It should tell you everything from how to book your photographer to what happens in the event they are unable to attend your wedding. Every wedding photographer should have a back-up plan in case of an emergency. Additionally, what happens if YOU need to cancel the wedding or change the wedding date? Ask the photographer for a copy of the contract you would be signing with them to take home and read - and don’t hesitate to ask questions!
Our last bonus recommendation is to meet with more than one photographer. Doing so will help put your mind at ease that you have chosen the right photographer for you. Photography for your wedding day can be a hefty investment - don’t let them rush you in your decision. If you feel some chemistry at your initial meeting, ask them to hold your wedding date for a week so you can finish your appointments with other photographers. If a photographer truly wants to photograph your day, they will be flexible and understanding.
What other questions would you add to this list? We would love to hear them in the comments!