Wedding Planning

10 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

TEN QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER

How exciting, you found the most amazing Wedding Photographer to capture your entire wedding day. You're even considering to have them shoot your engagement or save the date photos. You followed all the great advice, 'Ten Tips Before Booking Your Wedding Photographer.' You checked their online presence, reviews and now you are face to face but don't really know what to actually ask. Do not fear and let us help you make this meeting as eventful as possible! Below are questions every couple should ask their Wedding Photographer. Let them help you determine if they are the best choice for your wedding. Feel free to ask us questions, tell us about your experience and how our tips have worked for you. Now go have a fabulous meeting with your potential Wedding Photographer! “Cheers to your happily ever after!” Alex Diaz + Josh Ponder

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STEP 1: How Long Have They Been A Paid Photographer

You don’t become a Wedding Photographer overnight. You need to actually shoot many weddings, build an apealing portfolio and most importantly become great at your profession, before you get paid.

 

You do not want to hire someone that does this as side job, hobby or is just trying it out. Find out how long they been a paid wedding photographer. The longer, the more experience they have in dealing with all sorts of possibilities that may occur on your wedding day.

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STEP 2: How Many Wedding Have They Shot

This question may very from one Wedding Photographer to another but it will certainly tell you how much experience they have. If their number is low when you match it to the years of experience, it may be a red flag.

 

Some high end Wedding Photographers tend to book no more than twenty-four weddings a year. This way they are able to dedicate the proper quality time for post on each wedding.

 

Make sure their number is not too high or you may be at risk for lack of quality or delayed delivery.

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STEP 3: In Case of an Emergency Do They Have a Back Up Photographer

We’re all human and emergencies are unavoidable. This does not mean that your Wedding Photographer, who happens to be one of the most important vendors for your wedding can’t be prepared.

 

Most professional Wedding Photographers will have a back up photographer that will handle their commitments in case of a true emergency.

 

Ask to see their work and what qualifies them to handle your wedding.

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STEP 4: What is the Plan in Case of Equipment Malfunction

This is one of the most important questions you need to ask your Wedding Photographer. Let them tell you their back up plan. Most professionals will carry back up equipment including additional camera, flashes, batteries, sdcards, you name it. Be sure to ask what they will be bringing to your wedding.

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STEP 5: Who Will be Shooting Your Wedding

This question may sound silly as you are sitting face to face with the potential Wedding Photographer that you are planning to book.

 

Unfortunately it is very common for larger companies that have multiple photographers working for them to send out whoever is available the day of your wedding. It is important to ask who will be the actual Wedding Photographer and meet with them, not a sales person.

 

Make sure that the contract is clear on who your Wedding Photographer will be.

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STEP 6: What is Rate for Additional Hours
 

It’s better to be safe than sorry. Just like any other service, you are bound to pay extra for OT. Make sure you ask what the rate is for additional hours. This way you will know ahead of time and won’t be surprised with additional fees. Make sure it is on the contract.

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STEP 7: What Format do They Shoot & Deliver

Find out how your Wedding Photographer shoots your wedding and what format your photos will be delivered. Most professionals shoot in RAW format and deliver in high resolution JPEG. There is no wrong or right but it is good to know ahead of time.

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STEP 8: Who Owns the Rights to the Photos

This is a delicate matter and certainly deserves attention during your meet and greet. In the state of California the photographer owns the intellectual rights to photos unless stated otherwise on a contract.

 

Make sure you ask the Wedding Photographer to explain what their guidelines are. Most Wedding Photographers request to be given credit when any photo they take is posted on social media and most do not allow alterations to be made to the photos once delivered.

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STEP 9: What's the Expected Amount of Photos to be Delivered

This number will vary from one Wedding Photographer to another. This depends on how they shoot a wedding. There is no right or wrong answer but it is good to know ahead of time so that you wont be disappointed when they deliver.

 

Remember this number will be different if you are having one or two Wedding Photographers, amount of key moments you’re planning to have and number of guests.

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STEP 10: How Long Will it Take to Deliver the Photos

You’re wedding day went fabulously, thanks to some great tips by yours truly. You are now back from your honey moon and you can’t wait to see your wedding photos but you never asked how long it will take for delivery.

 

Be sure to ask how long it will take for them to deliver. Ask if they will be sending you samples first to make sure you like the post work they are doing. Make the delivery date is on your contract.

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Alex & Josh

Alex Diaz

Alex Diaz and Josh Ponder are Los Angeles Wedding Photographers and Wedding Planners providing services all over Southern California from San Diego to Santa Barbara.