10 Questions For Your Wedding Photographer
What You Need to Know
Wedding Photography is no easy subject and interviewing potential wedding photographers can be a daunting task. Regardless, if you are hiring Kiss Me Studios or another photographer, we have created a list of 10 questions to help you find the perfect photographer for your wedding day. While this list is a good reference of what questions to ask, make sure that you are also paying attention to their personality. Are they outgoing, personable, charismatic, professional, and honest? You are going to be spending a full day with your photographer on the most important day of your life. Make sure you you like being around them!
1. What is your primary style?
This should be your first and foremost question as this is the style of photography that interests you. We are primarily an Illustrative Photographer. Illustrative photography captures some of the spontaneity of candids, while offering the technical control of posed shots.
2. How many weddings have you shot, and have you shot ones similar to mine?
This is a great question to get an idea of how much experience your photographer has in general. Years are generally not a good gauge of experience since some wedding photographers may only work part time, and only photograph 5 weddings a year. A wedding photographer's experience should be based off of how many wedding they have photographed as lead photographer not on how many years experience they have.
• 1-5 Weddings – Inexperienced
• 6-10 Weddings – Amateur (Qualified as an assistant photographer)
• 10-20 Weddings – Knowledgeable
• 21-30 Weddings – Experienced
• 31+ Weddings – Professional
Combined, Chelsea and Justin have had the pleasure of photographing over 90 weddings over a span of 5 years! We currently average about 30 weddings a year.
3. How many other events will you photograph that weekend?
Larger studios with multiple master photographers will often double and even triple book dates. However, smaller studios may plan on only having one or two weddings in a given weekend.
Kiss Me Studios is a small studio and typically only books one or two weddings in a weekend. The days leading up to your wedding are spent preparing and the days after are spent relaxing from all the hard work put into your wedding day!
4. Will there be a contract of the services to be provided?
There are a lot of studios that don’t create contracts for their wedding photography clients. You should require a contract from your photographer that details what services they will be providing, pricing, termination resolution terms, etc. A contract is created for your protection, and for the wedding photographer’s protection. It is best to hire a photographer that will create a contract with you, and be wary of photographers that “don’t typically create contracts for clients”.
5. What happens if the photographer is ill?
While it is unlikely that the photographer happens to get ill on your wedding day, there is still a chance. It is crucial that the photography studio does something to take care of the situation in case of illness. Kiss Me Studios has multiple skilled master photographers on staff available to replace your photographer if he/she should become ill.
6. Does the package I am interested in include an assistant?
If your wedding has 75 or more guests, you should make sure you step up to a package that has a second photographer. In addition, aside from wedding site, there are many moments in which one single photographer cannot cover completely alone. There is no way to capture the first kiss, and at the same time, turn around and get the tear in mother’s eye. Kiss Me Studios has the option to add a second photographer so we can capture both scenes!
7. Will you color correct my images?
Color correction is the most basic post production that should be done on every single image. Many photographers will not color correct any, or will only color correct “select” images from your wedding. This means that you may have a lot of pictures where your skin tones are orange, yellow, red or even blue. Kiss Me Studios color corrects every single image from your wedding in order to make sure each and every image is a professional quality product.
8. What kind of equipment do you use? Do you have backups?
Our studio uses top quality camera bodies along with the finest quality L lenses from Canon. While wedding photographers don’t necessarily need the best of the best, it is important to have a good set of equipment along with backups. Nothing would be worse than for the photographer to miss half of your weddings because his camera or lens broke, and he didn’t have a spare.
9. What attire will the photographer and their assistants wear?
Even though the wedding photographers are a big part of the wedding day, it’s important that they are not distractions. As such, it’s important for the photographer to blend in as much as possible. Furthermore, for religious or cultural ceremonies, there may be certain colors that are considered taboo. Make sure your photographers will be dressed appropriately for the occasion. Our typical wedding photography attire is black suit pants with a black polo or dress shirt. We dress completely in black because we want to go unnoticed by the clients and guests, so that we can capture the event as photojournalists.
10. How long after the event will the proofs, album, etc be ready?
Each wedding photography studio varies in the time it takes to produce and deliver your pictures. Studios that do not do any post production or color correction may try to entice you by saying your photos will be ready the next day, or even within a week. However, most studios that develop and produce their images will take anywhere from 2 weeks to 6 months. Kiss Me Studios has developed a consistent production schedule in order to deliver an amazing product in an exceptionally quick manner. This schedule can be seen below:
• 2-3 Weeks after event – Proofs are available online
• 4-6 Weeks after event- Albums designs are ready for approval
• 8+ Weeks after event – Album and products are delivered (this depends on how much revision is required from the original album)