10 Practical Questions for a Potential Photographer
If you peruse the gazillion blogs on the internet, you’re going to find SO MUCH ADVICE. What to feed your guests, the best first dance song, should you have donkeys bring beer around for everyone, etc. That’s all subjective and really, your wedding isn’t screwed because you decided to play six Bruno Mars songs or to get beer alpacas instead.
What you DON’T want to do is receive photography advice from anyone who isn’t a legitimate full time experienced photographer. Shot lists with 73 different moments on the list? No thank you. Questions about what equipment I have? Exactly the kind that produces my portfolio. All of the RAW images? Would you ask a Michelin chef for the recipe?
Instead, I’d like to give you ten practical questions to ask your photographer. I’ve been doing this for over eight years now, 305 weddings and wayyyyy too many wedding blogs under my belt. I’ve stopped reading them, for the most part. If you’d like to read the blogs I actually love, let’s start with OFF BEAT BRIDE!
So here are ten practical questions to ask a potential photographer and the answers that you might want to look for!
- How many weddings have you done?
This is super important. I’ve done hundreds and I *still* get surprised. Weddings are unpredictable, like wild stallions and all the best planning still gets thrown in the wind sometimes. Experience means you’re good on your feet, certainly more than weekend warriors new to the industry just trying to make a buck.
2. Can I see three full wedding galleries?
It’s even better to ask for variety. See how they photograph in different situations, in different lighting. Can they photograph in the rain beautifully? Are they okay in dark reception halls? Websites are always the photographer’s best foot forward (theoretically) and thus, it is a smart idea to ask for what they actually deliver clients.
3. Do you have liability insurance?
This is non-negotiable. There are a LOT of people pretending to be professional photographers but do nothing to protect their business or clients. If they don’t have it, they aren’t professional.
4. Do you do this full time? If not, what will you do if your main job calls you in?
A lot of photographers hide that they have day jobs. I know this for a fact, because I jumped into this business without any clue what I was doing, thinking I could just make it happen. So if they do have day jobs, ask about their requirements and commitments. Make sure they will actually choose your wedding instead of their day job.
5. How often will we meet prior to the wedding?
Only invest in people that invest in you. Period.
6. How many images do you deliver, on average?
My average is 523. Yes, I did the math. You don’t want thousands, but you don’t want 150. Quality over quantity, any day but also, no delightful moment should be withheld!
7. How do you stay creative?
Where do they get their creative juices? How do they stay fresh? Do they invest in continuous education?
8. What sets you apart from other photographers?
This is always a fun question! I love answering this question!
9. What is your preferred schedule for a wedding day?
Every photographer does things differently from the other. What are their preferences?
10. How many weddings do you photograph every month?
I don’t do more than four a month, if I can help it! Make sure they aren’t overburdening themselves! Ask them how they ensure you receive your photos in a timely manner (anything more than two months isn’t timely).
Alright then, there you go! A great jumping off point for your quest in finding the best photographer possible! Fingers crossed you find your Goldilocks photographer! Make sure to contact me if you’d like to learn more about me!