So you’re newly engaged and you’re ready to start planning the big day! There are many resources that try to list questions to ask a wedding photographer, but none of them are done BY a wedding photographer. I’m here to fill that void. When a couple starts with a list of questions, a lot of times photographers will know which site you got your list from. Usually, these lists turn the conversation into an interview, and I’d love to turn these interviews back into conversations. The end goal is finding a photographer that you’ll be comfortable spending your entire wedding day with, as that will be what happens on your wedding day. For the sake of this conversation, we’re going to assume that you’ve seen the potential photographer’s work and you already know you love the work. So let’s dig in and start asking some questions that will help you to know your potential wedding photographer:
A seemingly simple question, a great conversation starter. Even before talking about your wedding specifically, learn a little bit about your photographer, why they document weddings. This should be a layup for almost all photographers, we usually have a story and our passion for what we do comes out easily.
So it’s also important to understand WHY you’re going to ask a wedding photographer these questions. For asking a wedding photographer how many weddings they’ve photographed, the goal is to understand how experienced they are. There isn’t a right or wrong answer to this question, but rather you can align yourself with a photographer that fits within your day. What do I mean by that? I very much believe that someone with fewer than 100 weddings under their belt have a completely different level of comfortability than a photographer with 200, 300, 400+ weddings. If you’re working with a tight budget, someone with less than 100 weddings will most likely be more budget friendly. If you’re a couple who believes that photos are the most important part of your wedding day outside of marrying your better half, you should spend your budget accordingly.
I’ll be honest, this is somewhat of a trap question, but I think it’s good to hear how a photographer will respond to this question. Ever since “unplugged weddings” became a thing, photographers love the idea of guests with cameras not “getting in their way.” In reality, no matter how many cute unplugged ceremony signs you put up, there will always be guests who don’t read the sign or just ignore the sign. It’s 2019 and your friends want to show you they love you by posting a photo of you walking down the aisle on their IG, doin’ it for the ‘gram! A photographer who isn’t concerned with guests with cameras and can confidently let you know that they’re going to get their best work regardless is a great sign. This speaks to how a photographer works in stressful / less than ideal situations.
Alright, the last question was a little stressful, let’s give your photographer a layup here. This is another great question that acts as a back and forth conversation starter. Again there’s no right or wrong answer here. This is just a chance for the photographer to talk about some of their favorite moments throughout the day, which can spark some follow up questions. I’ve always said the reception dance floor is my favorite part of the wedding to photograph, there are always such great and fun moments packed in the time. Additionally, if you want to see me tear up behind the camera, check me out during Father / Daughter dances. Not sure why, but this happens more times than I’d like to admit!
Thank you so much for taking the time to read questions to ask a wedding photographer, if you have any other questions that you think are great questions to ask a potential wedding photographer, I’d love to hear from you! Once again, I’m Jason, a NYC wedding photographer who has been lucky enough to travel the world near and far photographing love stories for the sweetest and most fun couples in the world. I hope to hear from you soon!