1. Does the photographer
have a primary style: traditional, candid, or posed?
(Choose someone whose specialty is your favorite style)
2. What's the
photographer's philosophy about weddings photography?
(Get an idea of the photographer’s expertise and passion for his/her
3. Does the photographer
shoot in color, black and white, or both? (Black and
white is sometimes a favorite, so look into this option for some or
all of your wedding photos)
4. How independent of
you will the photographer work? Does photographer prefer that you
describe exactly what you want, or would photographer rather have
freedom to capture the festivities on film? (This will
determine how well you will work together)
5. Will the photographer
you interview be the one who actually takes your wedding pictures?
(Each photographer's style is unique, and an assistance fee may
6. How much experience
does the photographer have in shooting weddings. What types of
cameras are used, and does the photographer provide lighting by way
of tripods, for example? (Experts say hiring a wedding
novice risky. Hire someone who's experienced with wedding processes
and won't miss key moments)
7. Will the photographer
shoot any other weddings on your wedding day? (Make sure
the photographer’s proximity regarding the other wedding won’t be
a risk to your wedding shoot)
8. What determines the
photographer’s cost structure? (The quantity and style of
prints you think you'll want, the hours the photographer spends on
your wedding, the developing time, or a combination of the above
9. How many rolls of
film will be shot, and how many proofs and final prints will result?
Are packages available? Can you get a price list? (Know
that your options amongst all photographers vary. Know and
understand what these options include)
10. Will the
photographer develop the film? Can you buy your negatives from the
photographer? (Know the duration of time before you can
view, share, and purchase photos)
11. Does photographer have a portfolio of past work for your review?
When reviewing the portfolio, notice the following:
- How well frames are centered
- Over or underexposure of photos
- Effectiveness of lighting
- Visibility of details
- Bridal party’s expressions are comfortable and happy in
addition to the bride and groom
12. Call references to
- Were you satisfied overall?
- Did the photographer get all the shots you wanted?
- Did the photographer respond/deliver to your orders?