We asked our trusted local wedding photographer friends for their most popular frequently asked questions. Asking your wedding photographer these questions will mean everyone has the same understanding. This will help you know who is the right photographer for you. Head over to my FAQs page to see my most popular wedding videography questions too.
How long will you be photographing on the day for?
This is a crucial question because it varies depending on each photographer you speak to. Some offer packages based on a set number of hours on the day. Others will be there all day until the first dance. If having everything captured across the whole day is important make sure your photographer will be there all day.
Do you need a list of names for group shots?
Natalie J Weddings Photography says this is a common question she is asked in the lead up to a wedding. I’d always recommend giving your photographer a list of the group photos you would you like. It is surprisingly time consuming on the day so if they know in advance then they can take some throughout the day and not just during the afternoon reception. They will also advise if the amount of photos you’d like is realistic within the timescale.
Are you insured?
Helen from HN Photography says this is one of the most common questions they get asked and it’s really important to check! Any professional wedding supplier will have public liability insurance. Your photographer and videographer should also have insurance to protect their equipment. Be sure to ask your photographer this question so you know you aren’t liable should anything get damaged.
Photo thanks to Kevin Lines Photography
How closely do you work with the venue?
Kevin Lines Photography recommends always asking this question. Timings are very important on your wedding day. Choosing a photographer (and videographer!) who will work closely with your wedding coordinator or wedding planning means you can relax and know that they have everything under control and will get all the photos taken in time.
Would you like a meal on the wedding day?
It is really kind to offer a meal during the wedding as it’s a very long day for your photographer and videographer. Becky Harley Photography says it’s much appreciated otherwise logistically it can be a problem leaving the venue to go and get food elsewhere.
Do you know any videographers you can recommend?
We like that this is a common question! It’s a good question to ask your photographer because having a photographer and videographer who work well together will mean you get amazing shots from both of them.
Photo thanks to Damien Vickers Photography
What happens if you are ill?
A great question to ask. Hopefully it won’t happen but it’s best to know what your photographer would do just in case.
Will you visit the venue before the day?
It is a good idea to ask your photographer to visit the venue if they haven’t shot at the venue before. Without the time pressure of a wedding day, this will give them the chance to look for places to have the group shots and the couples shots and see where the formalities will take place.
Do you offer an engagement shoot?
I love engagement shoots and think they are a great way for you to get to know your photographer better. Your photographer and videographer will be with you for a large section of the wedding day so I think it’s really important you feel comfortable around us.
Will you have a second shooter with you on the day?
Katrina Matthews Photography says it’s definitely worth asking this question so there’s no confusion. If you are spending the morning preparations at different locations to each other then having two photographers will mean all moments will be captured.
Photo of Katrina Matthews Photography by Laura Beth Photography
What deposit do you need?
This varies depending on your photographer too. Asking the question before you book means there will be no surprises.
How will I receive my wedding photographs?
You might think this is an obvious question but delivery varies a lot between different photographers. Zoe Dew – The Wedding Venue Expert says it’s important not to make assumptions. Some offer the digital files, some offer prints and some offer albums. Definitely have a chat with them so that there are no misunderstandings.
When will I receive my edited wedding photographs?
Julia from Fairytale Weddings says this is a really common question and it’s good to ask well ahead of the wedding day. Like the payments, this will vary with each photographer you speak to. Any professional photographer will edit the photos with lots of love and affection and this can take time. If you’re getting married in the summer or during busy periods then often an edit backlog can build up. Therefore it can often take weeks or months to edit the photographs.
It’s worth the wait though, we promise!