11 Questions to Ask a Wedding Photographer On a Consultation

February 22, 2024

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As you plan your wedding, one of the first things you will do is look for a photographer. Maybe you have inquired with photographers about your wedding day, and now it’s time to hop on a consultation call with them. No idea what questions to ask a wedding photographer on a consultation? I totally understand! Here are some of my favorite questions that will help you see if the wedding photographer you are talking with is the right fit for you!

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1.) Why Do You Enjoy Photographing Weddings?

Some photographers view photography simply as their career, while others have a deep passion and drive behind what they do. This is why it’s important to listen for someone who holds photography close to their heart. They will give you the best experience and capture your wedding with love! I don’t know about you, but I would want a photographer whose heart is in what they do!

2.) How Long Have You Been a Wedding Photographer?

You’ll find out if the wedding photographer is seasoned with a lot of experience or new to the wedding world. There is nothing wrong with hiring a newer photographer, but knowing how much experience someone has before trusting them to capture your wedding is a good idea. Newer photographers can bring a lot of passion to their work, but ask some follow-up questions about how they stay consistent in their style and experience. This will help you decide if the photographer is reliable. This is a great question to ask when on a consultation!

3.) Who is Your Second Photographer? – Questions to Ask a Wedding Photographer

If you are looking to book a package with a second photographer, who will that photographer be? Do they have a team or someone who works with them regularly? Or maybe they will look for someone in the community who has availability closer to your wedding date. Knowing a photographer’s process when it comes to finding a reliable second shooter is essential.

4.) How Do You Backup Your Images?

Backing up photos is absolutely crucial. You want to work with a photographer that has a process that keeps your photos safe. You will have peace of mind knowing that the precious images of your wedding day are backed up, maybe even in multiple places! If your wedding photographer doesn’t have a solid backup process, this is a red flag.

5.) What’s Your Emergency Plan if You Get Sick And Can’t Make it to My Wedding? 

Unfortunately, no-one is immune to sickness, even us wedding photographers. With that being said, it is incredibly important that your photographer has a back up plan. A good professional photographer will always have a backup plan, and will state this in their contract. It’s important for you to ask if the photographer has an emergency plan to send another photographer if they get sick. If so, how do they make sure it is someone who will still give you the best experience possible? If the photographer your considering does not have a back up plan, then I would consider looking into another photographer. No photographer wants to miss their clients special day, but one should ALWAYS prepare for unforeseen circumstances!

6.) Do You Have Recommendations For Vendors?

Photographers work with a lot of different wedding vendors and can recommend their favorites. It can be hard to choose the most trustworthy vendors for your big day, so you will have an inside opinion by taking recommendations from a photographer. It is especially helpful to get suggestions for videographers from your photographer. Sometimes there can be some frustration between your video and photo team on your wedding day. For example, your photographer might have an elaborate vision that doesn’t fit with what your videographer wants to create, which can waste precious time on your wedding day. When you talk with your photographer about videographers they have worked with in the past and would recommend, it will help the coverage of your day to go smoothly.

11 Questions to Ask a Wedding Photographer On a Consultation

7.) What is Your Photography Style? – Questions to Ask a Wedding Photographer

There are different types of wedding photography styles. It’s good to ask this question if you have a specific vision for your photos, or if you are trying to choose a photography style. When you ask a few photographers that you like what their style is you will be able to know what style you prefer. Then you can book a photographer that best fits your preferred style. Check out my blog on “Wedding Photography Styles – Which is Right For You?” to see all of the different types of wedding photography styles!

8.) What is Your Process and Workflow Like?

From booking to delivering final images, what can you expect when working with this wedding photographer? When you know their process, you will never have to wonder what is next. You’ll also know when questionnaires will be coming your way and when you can expect sneak peeks and your completed gallery.

Some Favorite Questions to Ask a Wedding Photographer On a Consultation That Have Been Asked of Me..

When it comes to having my own consultations with couples, there’s some questions that have been asked of me that I absolutely love! Why? Because I love a prepared couple! This is the biggest day of your life, and on our consultation you should feel free to ask me all of the questions! Here are some of my favorites:

9.) How Do You Prepare For a Wedding Day?

This question was one of my favorites I’ve been asked because it allowed me to share my pre-wedding process. I put a lot of work into preparing for a wedding day and this helped to put the couple at ease. It’s good to know the amount of work and care a photographer puts into getting ready for your wedding day. Knowing this will help you choose the best photographer for you!

10.) What do you do when You’re Not Taking Photos?

I love when couples ask questions that make connections on a consultation call. This gives us an opportunity to get to know each other on a more personal level. When you build a relationship with your photographer, it creates mutual trust and a comfort level that will alleviate some of your wedding day stress. 

11.) What Makes You Different Than Other Wedding Photographers?

Maybe the photographer you are talking with has a signature experience, or they have an editing process that sets them apart. Perhaps they provide extra styling and posing help on your wedding day. Or maybe it’s their personality that makes them a calming person to be around on what can be a stressful day! Whatever the case may be, it’s good to know what makes a photographer unique.

Looking for a Wedding Photographer? Let’s Hop on a Consultation Call Where You Can Ask me ALL The Questions!

If you’re looking for your own Bay Area wedding photographer, then let’s connect! I would love to hop on a call and get to know you and your partner, and have the opportunity to ask your burning questions! And don’t be afraid to ask me all of the questions! You can learn more about me here and follow me over on Instagram to stay connected! If I sound like the perfect wedding photographer for you, then inquire with me here so we can set up a call and get to know each other even better! Until then, make sure to check out more weddings, tips and tricks on the blog!

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