10 Questions to Ask a Wedding Photographer

10 Questions to Ask a Wedding Photographer

Today I decided to move to a very difficult topic for every bride and valid at all times despite of the year or season: “10 Questions to Ask a Wedding Photographer”

This task is always a challenge because if you are a first time bride (95% of all of you) then you do not have any experience and knowledge of what questions to ask.; important questions which are crucial for your special day. You need to be confident that your choice is right and you will not be disappointed later on.

You usually ask your first question: “How much does it cost?”

Most of brides ask this question first, why?

The reason is simple because you do not know what questions you should ask.

Prices in our lives are clearly visible everywhere, at the supermarket, at the grocery store, at the Prada, etc. It is essential that the photographer is in your budget’s range but this shall not be a decisive factor when you choose one photographer over another. 

I would like to give you more reasons to ask different questions than asking for the price only:

1. The style


Western style engagement session has more cinematic and emotional touch                                                                            Chinese pre-wedding session is more staged and fun

 I am sure that you do a lot of research before contacting any wedding vendor, if not then you should do that. A photographer’s case is similar.

First you should like his or her photos; you should hear a “wow” inside of your heart when you look at the photos. Everyone has a different view and interpretation of the art or images generally.

I am personally much more satisfied when someone likes my work and contacting me about my services based on that.

The style is very important because you should feel confident and you also ought to trust the skills of your photographer that they can repeatedly create breathtaking images.

2. Shot list

I assume that you wish that your photographer will not miss any important moment during the day of your wedding.

This is important as many photojournalists are shooting the day freely and it is a large chance that they will capture all the events happened during the wedding however they are less likely to take formal portraits of your aunties, grandmas, friends and others.

You need to articulate what you want and what people shall be included, you also should tell the photographer about any inconveniences such what your family members shall not be places beside each other after events such a divorce.

So please ask your photographer if he is going to follow your shot list.

3. Packages, albums, prints, USB.


Albums are amazing way to share your memories with your family

a) Packages

Photographers usually have different packages to suit different budgets, tastes or needs. I cannot emphasize enough that choosing the right package is critical for your future experience.

Most of the wedding photography studios will agree to give you limited number of shoots; it is usually a very small number like 20-60. If that is what you need then it is good. Having more images and especially in the form of albums is very important.

You should ask what a package includes and what items you are able to purchase ala carte.

Many photographers offer shoot-burn packages. Sounds painful, right? It is actually hurting – you are right! In my opinion this is disservice to the clients to offer such a deal – if you receive unedited images then you already burnt yourself!

A whole photography is based on the printed images; XXI’s evolution bends this philosophy a little bit with computers, CDs, DVDs, etc.

My question as follows: “Where do you have VHS videos or even CDs?  In a drawer?”

Right – exactly. There are no more video players in the market for VHS tapes.

The Emotional Wedding Photography offers you three packages to suit your needs which are based on the number of images and amount of hours during the coverage of your wedding.


b) Albums

It is much better to have a material value, something which you can hold in your hands tomorrow, 1 year or 10 years later. The albums are giving you the comfort that you will be able to show your wedding images to your friends, children and grandchildren.

Albums give you that“wow” effect when you share them with others if they are built nicely and elegantly.

Emotional Wedding Photography are handmade in New York, the quality is far superior and the feeling is amazing when you hold them in your hands and feeling the leather smell or touching a Louis Vuitton fabrics cover.

A build quality will you guarantee of the same look after 20 years and even more. I tried to find such a quality in China for many weeks and months but I failed and this could be tip for you what kind of product our albums are.


c) Prints

Prints are also amazing decorative experiences which you could appreciate and remind all these amazing moments every time you look at your wall. That is why it is so important to ask your wedding photographer for the printed images.

This is an investment for your home not only the photography but it is also an excellent decoration for your empty walls at your new apartment!

I am a large supporter of the value in the photography, and the real value is everything what is printed and showed to the world.

The emotional wedding photography prints are an unusual product made of high quality wood which is made for export especially.

Framed wood prints offer the beauty of a large wood print finished with unique framing options including pine, hardwood cherry, dark walnut or even rustic wood frames.

Your wedding or engagement image can be printed full frame which has the beautiful characteristics of the wood while also giving the focus to your image for you to enjoy during rainy or less happy days. There are different colors available to suit your home needs as decoration necessity.

4. Contract


Contract is always ‘must’ on your to do list

The contract will provide you with the set of regulations and obligations of what the wedding photographer agrees to provide.

A contract is a guarantee for both sides that the agreement is respected in the future and also a proof for some unhappy situations when photographer or client breaks the agreement. You should always ask for a written contract which states all the services the photographer will provide and obligations for you as a client and the photographer as a vendor.

The contract will give you guidance of the sequence of the service provided therefore you will know what’s next.

The Emotional Wedding Photography provides the client with the written form of the contract which needs to be agreed and signed by all the parties: bride, groom and the photographer.

5. Emergency such as Illness, accident, etc

Asking your wedding photographer if he has any backup plan should be part of the routine process. The photographer should state if such a situation happened before and how he managed this.

If such action did not happen then the photographer shall explain if he could find a replacement and his backup plan.

And if such a situation occurs then a photographer should make clear if he will give you the deposit back and/or pay the compensation.

6. Raw Images/proofs from the entire wedding

You as a couple should know if you will have access to your wedding images after the images in a raw and untouched version. My guess is that if you find a shoot-burn photographer then he will provide you this as a per-agreed service.

Although if you meet the photographer who is more experienced and thinks about his craft and the image then the answer is “no.”

Models often ask me for the raw images from the photo-shoot and my answer is similar to my second statement. I do care about the brand and the service I provide to the customers and I will also do damage to the client by providing the files which are not ready and not up to my initial vision which I had when I pressed the shutter.

Clients are not professionals and they have no knowledge how to post process images. This will harm more that you think. My advice is to trust your photographer!

7. Deposit

Deposit is usually required to hold the date of your wedding and it gives you guarantee that the photographer will not book another wedding at the same day.

Emotional Wedding Photography knows that such a guarantee is important for the couple. It is stated in our written contract. You should also know the payment terms and time frame when the rest of the payment shall be paid. Emotional Wedding Photography requires 40% of the deposit to provide you peace of mind and rest of the payment two weeks in advance prior to your wedding.

8. Photography experience

 This question can be tricky because many photographers have passion and they treat photography as job on the side or part time gig which is normal. What you should know is that how many years, your photographer spent on developing the style or improving his skills to the level he is now – this is more newbie question because if you have already like the photographer’s work and the images come from more than one wedding than you are in good hands.

Although you should ask for the experience in a portrait or people photography because if someone has been taking landscapes for years or capture macro images of bugs then he will not have experience to shoot people in the beginning.

9. Additional time of the wedding coverage

This is another key question you should ask your photographer and this shall be written in the contract what kind of optional/additional coverage you will receive if your event is delayed or extended. You should know whether the photographer will walk away after the agreed upon amount of the hours or not.

Emotional Wedding Photography will guarantee additional time during the wedding and this option is mentioned in the written contract what all the parties must sign where you are also informed about the cost of such coverage.

10. Color correction

On the left – color has been corrected                                                                                                      On the right – raw image without any color corrections

This is primary element which photographer shall inform you about. Color correction is not detailed post processing of 30-80 images from the wedding day. Image’s color’s correction is the process where the photographer briefly editing your images, i.e skin tones, adjusting saturation, brightness of the background, or make your white dress or black suit really white and/or black.

This needs to be done on the amount of the images you agreed to pay for in one of the packages.

Please be sure that Emotional Wedding Photography does do this job on the all chosen images from the weddings including all aunties and uncles at the wedding to provide you the best possible quality to share with your family and friends.