What to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

Top Questions You Should Be Asking Your Wedding Photographer

Lets face it, most of us only get married once and that makes choosing a wedding photographer a one-time thing where its hard to know how to pick the best photographer for your needs. I pulled together the questions that I would ask, based on my experience.


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Can we request a specific set of shots? Why It’s Important: You need a photographer who is focused on what's important to you instead of a cookie-cutter approach What To Listen For:  The photographer should be willing to work with you. Also, they should have a shot list that they’re willing to share. What To Expect From Me: I want to get shots that mean the most to you and. I welcome your input and will create a custom shot list for your review, based on your answers to an easy questionnaire.


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What’s your wedding photography style? Why It’s Important: You want a photographer whose style matches the vision of your day. Here are some of the terms commonly used: - Candid, Photojournalistic, Documentary: Capturing the day as it happens, without directing the subjects - Posed, Formal, Classic: Posing subjects and groups to optimize composition, lighting, and subjects faces - Natural Lighting: Using available light, like the sun, to expose pictures - Artificial Lighting: Creating light with flashes to expose pictures What To Listen For: The way the photographer likes to work. Candid tends to be hands-off, while posed is more of a structured approach.  Ask for examples of when they use each style they mention and you’ll have a clearer picture of how they’ll work with you during the day. What To Expect From Me: After aligning with the style preferences of the coupIe, I use a photojournalistic style for the getting ready, ceremony, and reception to let these moments flow naturally. I use a posed style for the bridal session, couples portraits, and group shots to ensure everyone looks their best for these classic shots.


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What do you know about my ceremony and reception locations? Why It’s Important: The photographer needs to understand the lighting situations, best angles, and optimal backdrops of a particular location.  What To Listen For: A photographer that has already photographed at that location or volunteers to research/visit the location before your wedding begins. What To Expect From Me: I am here to serve you, and that means doing my homework about a venue way ahead of the wedding, and showing up early to double-check backgrounds and lighting.


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We are getting ready at different locations. How can we both be photographed? Why It’s Important: Your wedding day will go by faster than you think.  Having a photography timeline and plan is critical to get the pictures you want. What To Listen For: A photographer who will create a plan to make sure the bride and the groom are sufficiently photographed.  Listen for the option to hire a second photographer, in case the timeline requires it. What To Expect From Me: I will create custom timeline for your wedding, to ensure you get the pictures you want. I can also use an assistant photographer to deliver simultaneous shooting when the timeline requires it.


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How soon will we see our photos? Why It’s Important: You’ll want to see your photos as soon as possible. What to Listen For:  The photographer’s timeline should line up with how long you're willing to wait. Many photographers will take 2-3 months. Also, see if the photographer offers a preview within 1-2 days. What To Expect From Me: A small preview of wedding photos within 24 hours, so you can relive the best moments.  Most weddings take me less than four weeks to process entirely.


I hope these questions will help you in your search for the right wedding photographer for you.  Click the button below to learn more about ParksPictures wedding photography.

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