Five Things To Ask A Wedding Photographer Before Booking
When you’re searching for the perfect wedding photographer, keep in mind that you’re likely going to spend many hours with them. With that in mind, take the time to meet and chat with your future photographer in order to talk about your expectations, what you’d like on your wedding day and to get to know one another. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, and make sure there is a positive connection between the three of you before actually moving forward and hiring them. Being comfortable around one another is extremely important. If you’re still not sure if a certain photographer is the right fit, try asking these five questions:
1. Do you believe in love?
Ah, love – the reason we’re all here! If you’re talking to a photographer who seems a bit bitter at the idea of love, it might be a good idea to look elsewhere. Wedding photographers should be passionate about what they do, and not send other photographers out there to shoot the wedding for them. Make sure the photographer you’re working with is the same one who will be there on your wedding day, shooting the scenery of love all around the entire day.
2. Can I see a full wedding day?
If a photographer you’re considering doesn’t want to show you a wedding they’ve shot, stay away! Most photographers will blog about 10% of a full wedding day to showcase an overall idea of what they do, but if you want to see a more, a professional photographer should never have a problem showing you what they can do and how it can translate to your wedding day.
3. Do you have extra gear?
A professional, well-prepared photographer will always have back up gear. If they show up to your wedding with one camera, one lens, and one memory card, it could be trouble. Make sure your photographer has their personal gear arsenal that will ensure they can capture every moment with quality equipment, all day long.
4. Do you edit your photos?
Always go for a photographer that edits their photos. You may find a very inexpensive photographer, but chances are, you’ll get what you pay for, and you can probably expect that they just ‘shoot and burn.’ Every photo you see on the galleries in my site has gone through professional digital editing that I do myself. Digital editing includes color correction, sharpening, retouching, and much more. I don’t take away from the natural beauty and quality of a photo, but digital editing can really help to enhance a photograph and make it even better.
5. Do you have insurance?
Hiring a photographer that has insurance will be good for both of you. It will protect the photographer in case something happens, but it’s also more likely to ensure they do quality work and are considered a professional. Some wedding venues actually won’t allow photographers to shoot there who are not fully insured.