Questions to Ask a Photographer



The following questions are taken from the Bliss Wedding Planner (v5.1). Compare answers given from different photographers you interview.


Questions for a Prospective Wedding Photographer

  1. Will you personally be the photographer for our wedding?
  2. If the answer is no:
    When can we meet the photographer whose work I'm seeing so I can see if I feel comfortable with that person/ see if we
    are on the same wavelength?
  3. If you are not talking to the photographer, also ask:
    If the photographer we want no longer works for your studio when our wedding comes up, what will you do?
  4. If you are talking to the photographer:
    Are you a full-time photographer?
  5. What do you do the rest of the week?
  6. What kind of experience, background, and education do you have?
  7. Have you received any formal classroom training as a photographer?
  8. How long have you been a wedding photographer, and how many weddings have you photographed?
  9. Have you handled events of my type and size before?
  10. What are the reasons you think we should hire you?
  11. Is this your recent work that I'm seeing?
  12. Do you use black and white film when photographing in black and white?
  13. I'm looking for a photojournalistic photographer.
    What is your definition of 'photojournalism'?
  14. What are your criteria for choosing what you would photograph at my wedding?
  15. How do you know how many pictures to take?
  16. Who is your most favorite photographer
    (not necessarily a wedding photographer)?
  17. Have you ever been published in a photography journal/had a show, etc.?
  18. What makes your photographs better or different than anybody else's?
  19. Why did you choose wedding photography as a career?
  20. What time do you arrive to setup your equipment?
  21. Hours of service:
  22. Do you bring backup equipment with you?
  23. How many people will cover the event?
  24. Do you provide a written contract and guarantee?
  25. What are your policies regarding proofs?
  26. What are your policies regarding negatives?
  27. What are your policies regarding delivery times?
  28. Is a deposit required? If so, how much?
  29. When is the deposit due?
  30. May I make partial payments?
  31. When is the final payment due?
  32. Is gratuity included in the price?
  33. If not, what is the percentage of the service charge?
  34. What percentage are the taxes?
  35. What is the overtime charge?
  36. Are there any additional charges not mentioned? (i.e. travel)
  37. What are the refunds/cancellation terms?
  38. A question to ask yourself: Has the photographer addressed your personal concerns satisfactorily?


by G.E. Masana and the readers of Bliss! Weddings.


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