10 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

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You’ve set your date, picked the perfect wedding venue, and found your dream wedding gown; now you need to find a great wedding photographer. Choosing a wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions a bride will make when planning her wedding. Your photos will be something you keep forever to remember your special day. I always dreamed of beautiful wedding portraits hanging in my home to reminisce over and share with my children. I love to watch my daughter point at “Mama” and “Daddy” in our wedding pictures.

The wedding photographer is someone you will spend the entire wedding with so it is important to get to know them. Below are a few questions our Autumn Oaks crew thinks are important interview questions for your potential wedding photographer.

  1. What is your style?

You may have a certain style you are looking for or prefer a blend of styles. It is important to find out the photographer’s style so you will know what to expect from your pictures. A photographer may be willing to try a style other than their preference; however, they may not be as skilled in that style.

  1. What is your main goal?

This will help you get an idea of pictures the photographer plans to capture. You may want him or her to focus on every detail, a few key moments, The Bride and Groom, or maybe the awesome wedding venue.  Autumn Oaks provides the perfect backdrop for all your photos!

  1. How will you make sure to take all the important pictures?

At the end of the day you will want to make sure you have a picture of all the important moments and special people at your wedding. Make sure your photographer knows what pictures you would like and has a plan to get them all in.

  1. How many weddings have you shot?

A photographer who has shot numerous weddings has had lots of practice capturing those specials moments. Experienced photographers will have ideas of how and when to capture the best family pictures. However, all great photographers have to start somewhere!

  1. How many weddings will you schedule the weekend of my wedding?

Some photographers may schedule an afternoon and an evening wedding on the same day. Decide if you are ok with sharing the photographer for the day or if you want to be the main focus. As the Bride, don’t be afraid to request to be the center of attention!

  1. How do you know when you have succeeded?

This will help you get an idea of the passion the photographer has for his or her work. Find out what excites them about their photos. Maybe they aim to snap that one special gaze between Bride and Groom that no one else notices or catch all the kids looking and smiling at the same time for a family picture.

  1. What are the most important photos that you will take?

Think about the answers you want from the photographer. What pictures do you want to make sure you have to cherish forever? (Check out Autumn Oaks’ Pinterest page for photo ideas!)

  1. Do you have a backup photographer if you are sick or have a family emergency?

If something unfortunate happens you need to know who is responsible for handling the stress of finding a replacement. This is the last thing you will want to deal with after a few Brunch Mimosas!

  1. How much do you retouch and color balance the photos? Will this be done before I see the proofs?

Some photographers will edit every picture beforehand while others will show you the proofs before editing. You may want a natural bridal portrait or you may want to appear straight out of a magazine.

  1. What exactly is included in your package? How many hours of coverage will we get?

When comparing fees, make sure you are clear on all the package includes. Some photographers include a certain number of prints in their packages while others include a CD of your photos. You also want to know if he or she will be there for the whole ceremony and reception or for a certain time frame. Will the photographer stay the entire 12 hours Autumn Oaks provides?

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Posted by Caitlan Thornberry