Top 15 Smart Questions Brides and Grooms Asked Us
And Why You Should Know
You may have dreamed of your wedding day for a long time. It’s finally going to come. Congratulations! You will invest thousands of dollars on a wedding dress, a venue, flowers, decoration, etc. for one day. However, ultimately your photographs will be the only things you have to remember that one day for the rest of your life. So choose your photographer carefully because you will relive your most wonderful day of your life through his lens, his photographic style and his artistic abilities.
If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, whose 1,000 words would you use to describe your wedding photos? At Eagle Photography LLC, we have worked with 100’s of brides and grooms who asked great questions when searching for a photographer. We list the top 15 here.
1. How many weddings have you shot? You only have one chance to get amazing wedding photos, so you'll want to hire someone who has lots of experience and knows how to get those shots under pressure. A seasoned professional with the technical expertise and artistic styles you like, someone who cares about what you want to achieve with your wedding photography.
2. What style do you specialize in? There are many different styles. For example, traditional, photojournalism, contemporary, art and fashion. It’s important to hire a photographer who is a master of the style of photography that interests you. It’s quite likely you will hire someone who specializes in the style you like. We attracted brides and grooms who love photojournalism mixed with a blend of contemporary fashion-inspired, because that’s our specialty.
3. How do you describe your shooting approach, laid back or aggressive? You want to make sure you have a photographer that is a good fit with your wedding. If you are planning on a super loud and crazy wedding, then a more aggressive photographer is ok. But if you are having a laid back or romantic wedding, you want someone who is unobtrusive or has a more photojournalistic approach and remains in the background for the majority of the day (except while posing). You also want your photographer to be able to work well under pressure and remain calm when unexpected happens.
4. How do you make us feel relaxed in front of the camera? We get asked this question a lot. You want to feel relaxed in front of the camera so that you show more genuine emotions in your photos. One of the best ways is to work together in a real photography session like an engagement session. All our packages include a complimentary engagement session for that reason.
5. Will our photos be retouched? These are the techniques magazines use to make pages look perfect. Some photographers will polish all your photos, while others will only touch up 100~200. Some outsource their editing while others prefer edit the photos themselves to give a more personal touch.
6. Will I have the digital and printing rights to our photos? They allow you to print your own pictures and share them on social media without any hidden cost to you.
7. Do you have liability insurance? Professional wedding photographers should have the proper insurance for their business. If a wedding photographer does not have insurance, chances are he is new to the industry or not taking his business seriously.
8. Are you part of any professional associations, or do you have extra training in your field? Someone who keeps up with the latest technology and information in the industry is serious and passionate about his work, which will show in the photographs and how he works with you.
9. What kind of equipment do you use? Do you have backups?If you want the best pictures, hire someone who uses top-quality equipment. A true professional will arrive at your wedding prepared with multiple cameras, lenses and lightings. Nothing would be worse than for the photographer to miss half of your wedding because his camera or lens broke or malfunctioned, and he didn’t have a spare.
10. Do you have a written contract? You should require a contract from your photographer that details what services they will be providing, pricing, termination resolution terms, etc. A contract is created for your protection, and for the wedding photographer’s protection. It is best to hire a photographer that will build a contract with you, and be wary of photographers that won’t.
11. Do you shoot natural light or artificial light? Or both? This is an important question because it will really determine how flexible and experienced a photographer is while shooting your wedding. Since wedding venue lighting can change unpredictably, you would want a photographer who shoots both natural and artificial lighting.
12. Will you follow a shot list or do you prefer to have free reign to capture the festivities how you see fit? Most photographers will welcome a (short) shot list to make sure you get the specific pictures you want. But don't overwhelm him with hundreds of requests -- if you hire a good pro, you're hiring him for his eye as well as his experience creating amazing images. Let him do his job!
13. Will you help me with my time line for the wedding day? This is such a great question yet very few asked. A good photographer should help plan the photo aspect of the day to make sure everything flows smoothly. The last thing you want to do is to be rushed on your wedding day. A seasoned photographer should also point out various things that can come up that you wouldn’t think about during planning the timeline for your wedding day. A great photographer should also know when the best light is, and schedule your photos during “golden hour lighting”.
14. How can I actually be sure that you’ll be any good and that we’ll get along? Your wedding photographer will shadow you on your wedding day and you want to make sure he’s the right fit before you sign him. Face-to-face meetings and working together in a real photography session such as engagement session are great ways to find out if you work well together and check out the quality of the photos.
15. Why are you worth the amount you charge? You will likely remember very little of your wedding, and the only reminder of your wedding will be the beautiful images captured by your invaluable professional wedding photographer. You will use these images to reminisce that wonderful day in your life. The relationship between you and your wedding photographer may only last several hours, but the results of the relationship will last forever.