So you just got engaged (CONGRATS!) and you already have your venue and date set. Before looking at photographers, I would hire a planner first. They will be able to give you the best recommendations for your vision and style. So after you get that list of photographers from your planner, now you need to pick one. Yes, I know it’s super hard because there are so many amazing wedding photographers out there. That means that the first phone call is like your first date. It’s super important! Find out what questions you need to ask potential wedding photographers.
Having a phone call will help you nail down your top choice. Since you are already familiar with the photographer’s work because of their portfolio, now you need to make sure that your personalities mesh well. Do not forget that your photographer is the ONE vendor that will be by your side the ENTIRE DAY. You do not want someone who annoys you or who stresses you out *insert freaking out emoji!*
Do not forget that your photographer is the ONE vendor that will be by your side the ENTIRE DAY. You do not want someone who annoys you or who stresses you out *insert freaking out emoji!*
#1 Can you send me galleries of REAL weddings?
This is SUPER IMPORTANT! A lot of photographers will mostly show styled shoots, which is a RED FLAG. Styled shoots are when vendors come together to assemble a perfect mini wedding with models and a very relaxed timeline. They control the lighting and there is zero rush. Well, we all know this is NOT TRUE on the wedding day. Secondly, and just as important, you want to see galleries that are similar to your venue. If your wedding is in a ballroom with zero natural light, you need to make sure this photographer knows off camera flash and knows how to light the ballroom.
#2 Who is your second shooter?
I would highly recommend that you hire someone who has a second shooter. It’s awesome having Gavin on the team because the guys feel more comfortable with him during getting ready. Gavin and I also have an assistant, making us a three person team. That way, we are only focused on shooting while our assistant runs the day and carries our gear. You want to make sure their second shooter is just as experienced and owns the same caliber equipment. Make sure that their galleries are seamless, meaning you cannot tell who shot what. You do not want a photographer who brings someone who is still learning. That’s why it’s awesome to be a husband wife team so our clients know exactly who shows up.
#3 Are high resolution images included in all collections?
Make sure that there is no extra charge for you to have the high resolution images. High resolution images are part of ALL our collections. Some photographers do charge more for this. Having high resolution images means that you can print the images yourself, since these are larger files. Also, make sure you get them WITHOUT the watermark! We never watermark our images, we just kindly ask our brides to credit us.
#4 Who do you like to work with?
Since we have shot too many weddings to count, we know what vendors make a phenomenal team. If you are stuck on any vendors, feel free to ask us. Like I stated before, planners are your go to person but it never hurts to get a second opinion. A lot of my brides ask me when they are between two planners and I am happy to let them know my thoughts. We also send a list of videographers we like to work it since they can either make our day EASY or the HARDEST day in the world…
#5 Are there sneak peeks?
It’s so important to get some images the next day! We only take a limited amount of weddings per weekend, which allows us to fully focus on the clients we have. We send out around 50 images to our couples the NEXT DAY! It’s super special because you are still on a high from the wedding and you are wondering, was that really real?!? Did I really just marry my best friend and had the best party with my favorite people? It’s also nice to have a professional image for you to share on social media too.
#6 Can I see your reviews?
You do not need references, just reviews. Most of us have reviews on Wedding Wire or The Knot. It’s awesome for you to see what past brides are saying about your photographer. Feel free to check our reviews out here.
No, you do not need to ask 1001 questions listed on the Knot or on the Wedding Wire.
Let’s talk about what NOT to ask:
No, you do not need to ask 1001 questions listed on the Knot or on the Wedding Wire. A lot of those questions are for you to make sure that you are not hiring an amateur, like:
- Do you have business insurance? (Any legit business has to carry it)
- Do you have back up gear? (No one should be shooting weddings without it)
- How do you describe your style? (You either LOVE their images or you don’t. It’s pretty simple…)
- How will you be dressed? (This one always makes me laugh a little)
- Can you copy my Pinterest board? (NO! You hired me because you trust me)
- Which camera do you use? (Does it matter if you love their portfolio?)
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