Here is a list of frequently asked questions clients should be asking every photographer they are evaluating. We'd thought we'd share this list with you in hopes that it helps you in your planning process.
How do you describe your shooting style?
All photographers have a certain way they work and capture their images. Think about how their style matches up with what you are looking for. Does the photographer shoot with natural light? Does the photographer solicit feedback from clients on how to shoot the wedding? A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself if you see yourself spending the entire day with the photographer and try to see yourself in the images of the photographer you are looking at. If not, then it may be time to move on.
Are you a full time Professional Photographer? Are you insured?
There are amazing part-time and and hobbyist photographers and I would never discouraged anyone from considering one for their wedding photography needs. The important thing to note is knowing this info ahead of time and evaluating the pros and cons before making a decision. Every photographer you are looking at should have is insurance.
If I book your company, are you the Photographer that we will work with or do you subcontract your work to others?
My wedding photographer was a subcontractor. I did not get to meeting him prior to my wedding and unfortunately there wasn't a personality fit when my wife to be and I met him on our wedding day. It was too late at that point. Make sure you get a chance to speak with your prospective photographer and are fully comfortable with him/her before you book with them. Don't rush the process and don't get pressured to sign by a pushy photographer.
Can we see a full edited wedding, not just the highlights? Can you provide referrals?
It is always a good idea to see a complete wedding. Lots of images are captured on the wedding day and it's nice to see how a wedding day unfolds in your photographers images. Get at least 1-2 referrals and ask lots of questions about the experience before, during and after the Big Day.
How long does it take to get our pictures back? Can we get that in writing?
This is always an important question to ask. There are horror stories of couples who are made to wait close to a year for their images!! Make sure you are comfortable with the turnaround timeline and get everything in writing to protect yourself.
How many weddings do you book per season?
A photography company should be able to talk about how many weddings they book and how they work the back end processing to be able to deliver their clients' images in a timely manner. Too few weddings may indicate an inexperienced photographer and too many weddings may result in a longer turnaround time for your images. Be in the know before you book.
The long and short of it is this. Ask lots of questions and be as comfortable as you can be before you sign a contract. Take as much time as you need to determine that you have found the right partner for you to capture your big day! If it doesn't feel right then it probably isn't right. Good luck with your search and let us know if you have any questions we can help address for you.
Kasia + Adrian
A Lovely Life Photography