This post is a list of questions for wedding photographer you should ask to understand both his/her business and personality aspect. This is a supplement for the Final part of our series: How to find a perfect wedding photographer. You can ask these questions via email or in a meeting, although we would recommend doing so in a meeting.
Questionnaire #1: business.
- Do you have liability insurance?
- What equipment do you use?
- How do you back up our photos?
- Who will shoot our wedding?
- How long do I expect to receive the photos?
- How many photos do I expect to receive?
- Is there any other fee that I should know?
- What if our wedding runs later than expected? Will you stay? How much extra will you charge?
- Can I share the photos online, or print them? What rights do I have?
- Have you shot at [your venue name]? Or have you shot at a similar venue?
- How long have you been in the business?
- How many weddings have you shot?
- How do you describe your photography style?
- What is the booking payment? What form of payment do you accept?
- What happens when you cannot shot our wedding?
- How do you edit the photos?
- Are you willing to follow a shot list?
- Does the price include tax?
- If we book [such] and [such], is there a special pricing for that?
Questionnaire #2: personality.
- How did you become a wedding photographer?
- What do you like being a wedding photographer?
- Who is your ideal client?
- What is your favorite wedding?
- What is the most stressful part being a wedding photographer? How do you deal with it?
- What makes you different than other photographers?
- We are not really good at posing. What approach do you take?
- What are things you’ve seen at weddings that can we can prepare to make them better?
Although these questions for wedding photographer cover all the aspect that you need to know, you shouldn’t ask all of them without checking their website first. Very often, photographers have a FAQ section somewhere on their website. Don’t ask them if they have liability insurance when they already answer it on their website. Doing so will let the photographers know that you haven’t done any research about them, which makes it harder for you to negotiate with them if you want to. We mentioned this in Part 2 if this series.
Also, you can check out our post How to negotiate with wedding photographers?