1. Is the
This is an obvious question and if you are not willing to change your date and
the photographer is unavailable then you must find another photographer.
2. Can I see your
This is a must! By looking
at a photographer’s portfolio you get an idea of the type of photos they would take at your
3. How much do you
Photographers prices vary
greatly, and remember the more experienced the photographer, the more they will
4. How many
hours will your fee cover?
Most photographers will have a
set number of hours they will work and will often charge extra if you want them to continue
taking photos after the agreed period.
5. Do you charge
for accommodation and travel expenses?
Depending on how far your wedding is from where the photographer is based,
they will often charge extra for travel and, if necessary, accommodation.
6. How many
weddings have you photographed?
In the world of photography,
experience is paramount. The more weddings your photographer has photographed the better
qualified they will be.
7. How would you
describe your photography style?
There are many different styles of photography. Make sure your photographer has a style you
8. Can I give you a
list of specific shots we would like?
Many photographers don't like
being told what to do. If you have specific shots you'd like, check with your photographer
before the wedding to avoid any embarrassment.
9. Do you have
Even the most expensive cameras can malfunction at a moment’s notice. Check
that you photographer has a backup for every piece of equipment.
10. What happens if you are sick on the day?
Photographers are only human so check that they have another photographer that
can take over, t should the need arise.
11. Are you the
photographer who will be taking the photos on the day?
Many larger photography
companies will send which ever photographer is available on the day so check the photographer
whose work you've seen, is the photographer that will be there on the day.
will you be dressed?
Your photographer should blend in with your
guests. Unfortunately, many photographers
feel a T-shirt and jeans is suitable attire for a wedding.
13. How long
until I receive my photos after the wedding?
Realistically, you can wait
anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months for your photos. This depends on the individual
photographer. If they tell you you'll have them the next day they're probably just trying
entice you into making a booking with them.
14. Will we have
to sign a written contract?
Having a written contact is paramount. A contract will ensure you receive everything you've
been quoted on.
15. Do you work with
an assistant? If so are they included in the fee?
Many photographers may bring an
assistant. Check they are included in the fee you've been quoted.
16. Will you
require a seat and meal at the reception?
A photographer who works during
your reception will certainly need a meal. Check with the photographer and then make the
necessary adjustments to the catering.
17. How much deposit do you require and
when will the balance need to be paid?
Wedding photographers will often require you to pay a deposit before they book
you in. Try pay a deposit as soon as possible to ensure you don't lose your
18. Do you back-up our
photos? If so when?
Memory cards can have many things happen to them that will destroy the
images. A good photographer will back-up your photos as soon as possible to minimise the risk of
19. Can I customise my
Everyone has different tastes so if you're not happy with the standard
packages a photographer is offering, see if you can’t negotiate and build a package
20. Are you
familiar with my wedding venue? If not,
do you plan to check it out in advance?
Having previously worked at, or
visited your wedding venue will enable your photographer to know where all the good spots are
for photos. This will help the photo shoot move along smoothly and