5 Things to Ask a Wedding Photographer

by SoonlyWeds on 22/06/2021

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Ready to book a wedding photographer? Here are five things to ask first

So, you’re getting married…congratulations! In amongst all the excitement of letting people know the big news is the reality of planning a wedding. It’s no easy task, that’s for sure. Where should you get married? What kind of dress should you get? What should you ask your wedding photographer?

Here on the Soonlyweds site, though, our aim is to ensure organising your big day goes as smoothly as possible – and whether you’re newly-engaged or you’ve been fiancée and fiancé for a while now, planning your big day can (and should) go without a hitch.

One of the most important things on your to-do list – after booking a venue and a registrar, that is – is finding the right wedding photographer to capture your special day. But what should you ask him or her to ensure you’ve chosen the right supplier for you? Here, in our ‘what to ask a wedding photographer’ article, we lay out five things to ask before you book…

1. Can I see your portfolio?

The Internet means that almost anyone can now set up a budget-friendly website, add some pictures they’ve snapped on their iPhone, and call themselves a professional. Of course, that’s not to say that someone with a hastily thrown-together website and a few sample pictures won’t be good at their job, but it’s always worth asking to see a full – and recent – portfolio.

All good wedding photographers will either have an online portfolio that’s bursting at the seams with photos, or a traditional photo book or two, that you can flick through in person. Ask this all-important question and get to grips with the quality of their photos and their photography style, making sure it complements your vision for the day.

2. Is my wedding date available?

Do you have your heart set on a particular photographer? Before you get too ahead of yourself, ask your wedding photographer if he or she has an opening in their diary on your particular wedding date. It’s one of the first things you should ask, preferably before taking time out of your day to meet with him or her.

You can set your wedding date when searching for suppliers with SoonlyWeds to see who is available and who isn't!

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3. How long have you been working as a wedding photographer?

When you’re looking for a wedding photographer, the more experience they have shooting couples’ big days, the better.

Your old friend from university might take fantastic photographs, but does he regularly take wedding photos? After all, there’s a lot more that goes into being a wedding photographer than simply pointing and shooting at a subject and producing some photos.

A good wedding photographer will be a real ‘people person’; he or she will know when to take the right photo and how to gee up a crowd to ensure they’re all looking the right way – and smiling. Make sure your photographer has plenty of experience and you’ll be glad you did.

4. Can we have a test run?

Many wedding photographers offer an engagement photo shoot as part of their wedding photography package – and this will give you a feel for their photography style, their personality and how well they will get on with your wedding party and guests. It’ll also help you feel more comfortable on your big day.

If they don’t offer this service, it’s always worth asking – so don’t be afraid to ping them an email or pick up the phone and ask the question.

5. Have you worked at our venue before?

If your wedding venue is local to your wedding photographer, it’s quite likely that he or she has worked there before. It’s always worth asking, though.

If they haven’t worked there, though, perhaps you could arrange with the venue to have your pre-wedding engagement shoot there, so your photographer has the opportunity to familiarise himself with the building. It’ll also give you an indication of what to expect on the big day – and the places you might be posing for a photo.

Keen to book a wedding photographer? We hope this ‘what to ask your wedding photographer’ article has helped you plan for your big day.

We’ve collated a list of the best photographers in the area here on our site; check out SoonlyWeds directory and see if your chosen photographer is available on your date – oh, and happy wedding planning!