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. However, these are my ‘top 10 questions to ask a wedding photographer’. They are essential questions 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.
My answer: 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. But 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 answer: Full day coverage starts from £1,350 and includes me telling the story of your day for 10 hours. To find out more please visit my wedding photography packages.
3. Is wedding photography your full time job?
Yes! I went full time back in 2014. I shot my first ever full-time wedding in 2008 at Prestwold Hall.
4. Where are you based, and do you travel?
I’m a Nottingham based wedding photographer, but one of the best bits about my job are the 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.
5. What cameras do you use?
I use top end Canon and Sony cameras and lenses. I wil 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?
I will bring all of my lenses 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.
My answer: Yes. 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’.
My answer: 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.
My answer: 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 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 contact me with your questions and I’ll be in touch as soon as I can.