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20 Questions You Should Ask Before You Book a Wedding Photographer

Updated: Dec 25, 2022

Making your wedding day a memorable occasion can be difficult without the right photographer. Here are some questions to ask before you make that investment.

There's a lot that can go on on your wedding day. You probably won't have enough time to savor the little moments. Because you've planned your wedding for a long time, it's not surprising that you'd want to see every little detail on your special day.

One of the ways to ensure that you're able to look back on every memory fondly is getting a photographer. Contrary to what many would think, wedding photographers do more than just follow the couple all day. When you're out doing last-minute preps or taking small breaks, wedding photographers are taking pictures of precious moments in your ceremony or reception.

That's why we advocate for you to bug photographers with questions. They, out of all people, know how important a wedding day is.

Don't know what to ask? We've got your back.

Ask About: Personal Background and Experience

Always double-check if the person you want to hire has the experience level you're looking for. There's no harm in doing a quick background check before you invest in the real service. This will

  1. How long have you been in the industry?

  2. Can we see a portfolio of your work?

  3. Do you have experience shooting weddings similar to ours (size, location, cultural background)?

  4. What languages do you speak?

  5. Have you shot weddings in our specific location?

Ask About: Photography Style and Editing

Not all wedding photographers will suit your taste. And that's fine! You can prod around for the photographer's favorite shooting style and editing preference to see if they're the best fit for your vibe.

  1. What is your wedding photography style like?

  2. How do you handle difficult lighting situations, such as bright sunlight or low light?

  3. How do you handle group shots and posed portraits?

  4. What kind of shots do you typically take in a normal wedding ceremony?

  5. What is your approach to editing and retouching wedding photos? (eg. moody, black and white, light and airy, etc)?

Ask About: Wedding Package Experience

Here's a secret: Most photographers will give you extra services or customize their packages if you ask nicely. Let them know you're curious about their wedding packages.

  1. Do you have a recommended package that would best suit my needs?

  2. Do you offer any additional services, such as photo booths or photo albums?

  3. Can I customize a package to fit the services I want?

  4. Do you add extra fees for color correcting, retouching, and editing photos?

  5. Does your wedding package include pre-wedding shoots (eg. rehearsal dinners, getting ready, wedding portraits, etc)?

Tip: Some photographers price their services by the hour. Make sure to ask how many photos they'll be able to take within that time frame.

Ask About: Availability and Logistics

You might want to hire a Fresno-based wedding photographer for convenience...but what if you're actually holding your wedding in New York? Better confirm all details before you book.

  1. What are your policies and fees when it comes to destination weddings?

  2. What is your refund and cancellation policy?

  3. How soon will we receive the contract and be asked to pay the initial deposit?

  4. Will you be the one to shoot my wedding and how many people will you bring (if any)?

  5. Can we make a list of requests for some shots we want?

Photos can be a magical thing that transports you back to your fondest memories. It's expected that you come armed with a list of questions when scouting for the best photographer in town.

Want a veteran photographer to capture your moments professionally? Big Bliss Weddings' Randy Lobiano is a Fresno wedding photographer who has been capturing couples' stories for 9 years now. You can request a quote or schedule a call to talk about your plans for your wedding day.

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