January 22, 2019
Planning a wedding is stressful…there is no way around it, so I have come up with some of the most common questions photographers get asked about their wedding day. Hopefully reading these will give you some ideas about the things you should be asking!
What is your photography style? This is a super important question, because if you are picturing light and airy images and you hire a photographer whose style is dark and moody…odds are you are not going to love your wedding pictures. Look at each photographers website and social media to be sure you like what they show before contacting them!
I’m so awkward in front of the camera…can you help me? You want to make sure you vibe with who is going to be spending all day with you the day of the wedding. I encourage you to meet or at least chat on the phone with your potential wedding photographer. If you get along well as seem more like friends, I promise your picture will represent that!
Do we really need engagement pictures? In my opinion, yes! I always tell couples…engagement pictures are the first date of your relationship. You get to check each other out, see how each other works, how you interact, and poses that you look amazing in! We all know (at least photographers) that wedding day timelines can sometimes get thrown off. So what happens if you only have 20 minutes for pictures when you originally had 45 minutes scheduled? If you’ve had an engagement session, the poses and flow will come right back to you and you will be able to nail a ton more pictures than if you had to “learn” the poses for the first time!
Have you shot at my venue before? A lot of brides ask this question. And while it is an important one to ask, don’t base your hiring decision on whether or not they have shot at your venue. Professional photographers know how to use their equipment, flashes, and lenses…and can adapt. A better question to ask may be what do you use if our reception is really dark? Or can you take pictures of us after the sun sets. For me, I always arrive early to a location I have never shot at to take a look around, find the best lighting and locations, and plan out the day.
How many hours of coverage do we need? I get asked this question all the time. And it really depends on what you want covered. A 5 hour day will allow for a few before ceremony, bride & groom portraits and some reception. If you are wanting getting ready pictures of you and your bridal party…an 8 hour or 10 hour day is more what you will need.
How long before we get our gallery? This varies from photographer to photographer. Some photographers say 6 weeks, some say 6 months. It is something that should be outlined in the contract you sign with your photographer. On average, my galleries are delivered within 4-6 weeks.
How far in advance should we book a photographer? Once you have secured your wedding date and venue, you should be starting to set up meetings with potential photographers. Photographers generally book up 6 months to a year out. Photographers should be in your top 5 of people you hire first to ensure you get the photographer of your dreams!