Top 10 essential questions to ask a wedding photographer!
As you can imagine I’ve had many questions over the years, and I am a huge believer that no question is a daft question.
Here are my ‘top 10 questions to ask a wedding photographer’ that I get asked time and time again.
They are really important for couples to know and for a professional photographer to be able to answer. So here they are, the best questions to ask a wedding photographer and my answers.
- 1. What is your photographic style?
- 2. How much do you charge for full day wedding photography?
- 3. Is wedding photography your full time job?
- 4. Where are you based, and do you travel?
- 5. What cameras do you use?
- 6. What equipment do you bring with you to a wedding?
- 7. What is your backup policy?
- 8. Do we need to sign a contract?
- 9. Do you recommend us having a second photographer at our wedding?
- 10. Why is wedding photography so expensive?
1. What is your photographic style?
This is the best question to ask any wedding photographer. You may not even know what style of photography you are looking for yet, and that’s ok. The answer to this question will give you a perfect understanding of what kind of photography you’ll end up with. Find out more about my relaxed & creative photographic style.
I’m a relaxed and creative wedding storyteller. With a huge emphasis on documentary wedding photography, I aim to capture the story of your day as it unfolds without much interference. I also aim to be on hand to organise the group formals so they don’t overtake your day and make sure you have some amazing natural portraits of the two of you.
2. How much do you charge for full day wedding photography?
Question 2 of my ‘Top 10 essential questions to ask a wedding photographer’ is all about the money! This is what everyone wants to know right? How much is it going to cost you! And although quality doesn’t cheap, it is worth knowing the value of the service that you are getting.
My full day coverage starts from £1,350 and includes me telling the story of your day for up to 10 hours. To find out more please visit my wedding photography packages.
3. Is wedding photography your full time job?
This isn’t essential but it does give some people peace of mind. Established businesses will have great experience with many different weddings and will be able to make sure that things run smoothly their end.
I went full time at the end of 2014 and have never looked back. I shot my first wedding in 2008 at Prestwold Hall.
4. Where are you based, and do you travel?
Location is an important one to some people and you can understand why from a logistical point of view. I always travel down at least the night before any wedding so there are no issues with traffic on the the wedding day.
I’m a Nottingham based wedding photographer, but one of the best bits about my job are different places that I get to see.
I charge a small fee for accommodation and travel if your venue is an hour and a half away or more. This never goes over £200 though, so I might be the right wedding photographer for you even with this in mind.
5. What cameras do you use?
Question 5 of my ‘Top 10 essential questions to ask a wedding photographer’ is for the gear heads! But it honestly isn’t that important. Good cameras are just tools and for most situations, good kit cannot replace a good photographer.
The cameras I use are Canon and Sony cameras with various lenses. I will often shoot most of the wedding with two dedicated lenses but will then mix it up depending on what’s happening.
6. What equipment do you bring with you to a wedding?
There is beauty in simplicity but there is also a need to be prepared! The necessary equipment needed varies from wedding to wedding.
I will bring all of my lenses, my back up camera and even portable lighting just in case it’s needed.
7. What is your backup policy?
I always photograph with two cameras on me at all times and both cameras have dual memory card slots. I also have a spare camera with me. When I get back from a wedding I always back the images up 4 times, one of these is off-site.
8. Do we need to sign a contract?
All professional wedding photographers will have a contract, if your photographers doesn’t, just ask them to create one for you. They are really important.
Contracts are really important to protect both yourself and I. The contract I have is plain English and straightforward.
9. Do you recommend us having a second photographer at our wedding?
I get asked this a lot and I know that other photographers do too. It’s a great question which sadly isn’t a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
It isn’t essential but it is the best way to tell the story of your day as it unfolds. However it really depends on a few factors. The main one being coverage on your day. There is a slight cost to having two wedding photographers. Check out my page post ‘Do you need two wedding photographers?‘ to find out more.
10. Why is wedding photography so expensive?
To be honest, I don’t actually get asked this that much anymore. If you were to ask my guess as to why then I’d say it was because people are more aware of the value of professional wedding photography.
It may appear like a lot of money for one day’s work but it really isn’t that at all. There is so much more that goes on behind the scenes with each client. There is quite a lot of organising before the big day and then there’s the editing afterwards. Not to mention the cost of equipment travel, insurance and business costs. There are many factors that go into the cost. I hope this helps somewhat to explain.
Have other questions that I could put in my ‘Top 10 questions to ask a wedding photographer’?
I’d love to hear from you, please get in touch with your questions and I’ll be in touch as soon as I can.