1. Can we request a list of shots that we would like?
If you have list of photos and poses that you adore, ask your photographer if they are willing to do a shot list. While many wedding photographers know what shots should be done, not all have the same idea. There is nothing wrong with being organized about what pictures you want for your special day.
2. How many hours does your package include?
This should be one of the most important questions that you ask. Many photographers have different packages in regards to hours and rates. You need to know how many hours of shooting time you have and if there is an option to add additional hours. This may make you decide between the "getting ready" shots as opposed to "dance party" shots.
3. Do you offer an additional photographer for an extra cost?
Many couples prefer two photographers as opposed to one. This provides the opportunity for more shots and angles. For example: two photographers offer shots of the groom while the bride comes down the isle and the bride as she comes down the isle.
4. How many weddings have you photographed? How much of your business is composed of weddings?
You need to determine the level of wedding experience that you photographer has. The number of weddings a photographer has done does not change their talent level, but it will give you peace of mind. You only have one day and there is not another opportunity to capture those moments again.
5. Do you have a list of references and reviews?
Every photographer is going to try and sell themselves and the quality of their product. Reviews are a great way to get a true idea of the overall customer experience that the photographer provides.
6. Do you have a written contract?
Contacts are extremely important. I would not recommend EVER hiring a photographer that does not have a written contract. Be sure to fully review the contract before signing.
7. Will I have printing rights to my photos?
Digital rights will allow you to share any pictures on Facebook or Instagram watermark-free. Educate yourself on copyright in your wedding photography contract and investigate whether or not you’ll be able to send your photos to Shutterfly instead of paying for the photographer to print them.
8. What is the turn around time to receive my photographs?
This is another important question to ask your photographer. Ask around and I am sure you will hear horror stories about how long it took to receive their photos. Make sure the turn around time is included in the contract as well and do not feel fearful to hold your photographer to that deadline.
9. How many edited photos will I receive?
This is something that will help you in your decision in picking a photographer. Some photographers give 200-400 and some will provide as many as 700+. Just remember that you really do not need 100+ pictures of people dancing at your wedding.
10. Will you be my photographer on my wedding day?
Many photographers own their own company but have several associates. You may hit it off with the owner great but that does not mean they will be the one shooting your wedding. And if an associate is shooting your wedding, ask to see their portfolio.