Top 10 essential questions to ask a wedding photographer!
The top 10 best questions to ask a wedding photographer!
As you can imagine I’ve been asked many questions over the years, and I am a huge believer that no question is a daft one. Here are my ‘top 10 best questions to ask a wedding photographer’ that I get asked time and time again.
I think that these are really essential questions for couples to know, and for a professional photographer to be able to answer. However, the photographers you meet might still be the right one for you; even if they are at a different stage in their careers.
If these questions are relevant to you, then how a photographer answers them is just as important. Honesty and good faith are key in my books. So here they are, the best questions to ask a wedding photographer and my answers.
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- What is your photography style?
- How much do you charge for full day wedding photography?
- Is wedding photography your full time job?
- Where are you based, and do you travel?
- What cameras do you use?
- What equipment do you bring with you to a wedding?
- Do you have a backup policy?
- Do we need to sign a contract?
- Would you recommend a second photographer at our wedding?
- Why is wedding photography so expensive?
What is your photographic style?
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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. Click the four tabs below to find out more about my relaxed & creative photographic style.
How much do you charge for a full day of 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 £1,550 and includes me telling the story of your day for up to 10 hours. To find out more please visit my wedding photography packages.
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.
Where are you based, and do you travel?
I always travel down at least the night before any wedding, so there are no issues with traffic on your 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.
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.
I use two Sony cameras with 35mm & 85mm lenses. These are my preferred lenses that give me the look that I want throughout the day. I also have two cameras on me at all times for redundancy. I will often shoot most of the wedding with these two lenses but will sometimes mix it up.
What equipment do you bring with you to a wedding?
There is definitely beauty in simplicity, but there is also a need to be prepared! It's often the case that the necessary equipment varies from wedding to wedding. I always bring all of my lenses, my back-up camera and even portable lighting just in case.
Do you have a backup policy?
This is a great question to ask a wedding photographer. Backups and redundancy are a huge part of my workflow and set up.
I always photograph with two cameras, and both of them have dual memory card slots. I also have at least one spare camera with me. When I get back from a wedding, I will always back your images to 4 separate locations, one of which is off-site.
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 essential to protect both yourself and the photographer. The contract I have is plain English and straightforward.
Would you recommend a second photographer?
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 post 'Do you need two wedding photographers?' to find out more.
Why is wedding photography so expensive?
To be honest, I don't actually get asked this that much any more. 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, and I hope this helps to explain what you are paying for.
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 get back to you as soon as I can.