Getting married is usually one of those events that only happens once, but with so many moving parts and pieces that need to come together for your wedding day, it can be quite overwhelming. If you’re in the process of booking a wedding photographer for your wedding, then this blog is for you! Here are the 3 questions to ask a wedding photographer before booking.
Can I see some full galleries?
We all share our best work on our website and Instagram, so make sure you are asking your potential photographers for galleries that may resemble your set up for the day. Whether you are getting married in a cathedral or underneath the beautiful City Park oak trees, it’s important to see your photographers work in these types of situations. Does your wedding continue into the night? Yep? Cool. Make sure those galleries show their work using available light and flash. Here is an example of a full gallery.
What is your backup process?
Many people don’t think about this, but memory cards fail. Hard drives fail. Yikes. I know. Most photographers use camera that have two memory card slots for this very reason, but even after your wedding is over, does your photographer have a solid backup process? For instance, when I am shooting your wedding, I am shooting to two memory cards. Once I get home, I immediately off load the images to my hard drive that is automatically backed up to the cloud. I also back up your images to a server in my house. Your images are in 5 places until your wedding gallery is delivered. I’ve heard way too many time of horror stories of photographers losing images or deleting a wedding folder on accident. It’s happened to me; don’t let it happen to you.
Can we speak on the phone?
This one is so important because your photographer is one of those vendors that spends almost your whole day with you. AKA you two need to vibe. There are a lot of emotions that you will go through during the day; the last thing you want is to feel awkward or uncomfortable around your photographer. Liking your photographers work is such a small piece of your relationship with them. Figure out how they assist in planning for a smooth wedding day. Make sure they are empathetic to your family dynamics and most importantly that they understand you as a couple and how you’d like to be capture on your special day.
Being a wedding photographer is such an honor, but this profession comes with great responsibility because this day only happens once. We can’t go back; we can’t replay moments, and even if we tried, it just wouldn’t be the same. That’s what makes our jobs and your wedding day so special. Ask these 3 questions to your potential wedding photographer to make the selection processes a little less stressful, and by the time your wedding day comes, you’ll feel confident that you are in good hands.