Questions to ask your wedding photographer
Weddings can be extremely stressful. Whether your waist has expanded, a bridesmaid hasn’t turned up or the cars are late, there’s always going to be something that goes wrong. That’s why you should try your hardest to ensure that that problems you can avoid don’t arise. In particular, problems with your wedding photographer.
Whilst you might think your wedding photographer is booked, primed and ready to go, there might be some questions you have to ask before your big day to put your mind at ease about one thing. Here’s the questions that you must ask your wedding photographer to ensure that no problems arise on your big day relating to them.
‘Is it you who’ll photograph our wedding?’
We’ve seen many a couple astounded when the wrong photographer turns up to their wedding. There must be another wedding at the venue later that day, right? Not always.
Unfortunately, you can sometimes book with a photographer after seeing their impressive portfolio only for their understudy or apprentice to turn up on your wedding day.
Whilst you might be shocked, angry, disappointed or a mix of the 3, if you haven’t got the assurance that that particular photographer will be photographing your wedding, there’s not much that you can do about it.
Before you book a wedding photographer who you’re impressed with, make certain that it’s them who will be photographing your big day and not just somebody who works for them.
‘Will we have a pre-wedding consultation?’
Unfortunately, far too many couples don’t check whether they’ll be attending a pre-wedding consultation despite the benefits of attending one.
A pre-wedding consultation is beneficial as it allows you to get comfortable in front of the camera as well as giving you the opportunity to get to know the individual or team who will be photographing your wedding. It means that you and your chosen wedding photographer can discuss what you want them to capture on the day (besides the obvious), they can take some practice shots and see what works out and you can quell any awkwardness. Basically, the consultation allows you to get the most out of the big day when it arrives.
Without the consultation you might be uncomfortable around your photographer or they might not take a picture of something or someone that you wanted them to do. This can lead to bad photographs and unnecessary upset.
‘How many photos will I get and when will I get them?’
It’s horrible when you’re waiting for what feels like an eternity to end up with only a few photographs; it’s important to question your wedding photographer on how many photos you get but most importantly, when will you get them.
It’s important to make sure that you know how many photographs you will have as a result of the photography on the day as you can be left bitterly disappointed if the wedding photographer has not taken enough photographs to suit you. It’s also important to make sure you know when you’ll get them as you don’t want to be set around waiting months for them if they have a big backlog of photographs to edit already.
By checking how many photographs you’ll get and when, you’re getting a guarantee that you won’t be left disappointed after your big day.
Are there any other questions I should ask?
Honestly, you might not even need to ask these questions when it comes to questioning your wedding photographer.
Although we would advise asking the questions that we’ve advised you to ask, you might not be bothered about the answers that you actually get.
It’s important that you make sure to get the guarantees that you want. If there’s other questions that would get you guarantees that you want from your wedding photographer, ask them! Don’t hesitate because your big day only happens once (hopefully…!), so it’s important to make sure you get it right.