Other than the cost of the photographer, there are a few questions you should always ask before you book.
1. What is your style of work?
This is a critical question. If you like informal, paparazzi-style of photography, then don’t choose someone who specializes in traditional posed shots and family line-ups. You must be able to figure out the photographer’s style by looking at their portfolio and sample albums.
2. Will the person you meet at the consultation be the photographer on the day?
It is important to feel comfortable and relaxed with your photographer so that you get the best result. Choose someone who has a nice personality and makes you laugh. Make sure you meet the photographer and ask around before signing a contract.
3. How many photographers will be shooting your big day?
Especially during the ceremony, it can be very useful to have two photographers. This will ensure that these precious moments are captured at more than one angle and that you have a good variety of shots. Second shooters also allow bride and groom ‘getting ready’ shots if you are getting ready at the same time and far away from each other.
4. Have they taken photographs at your chosen wedding venue before?
Ask whether they have photographed another event at your chosen location and if they did, then ask whether you can take a look at the pictures. Not only is it better to choose someone who is familiar to your venue, but it also ensures that they have had previous experience there and will know the best places to take certain shots.
5. How long will they stay?
Ideally, you should look for a photographer who is willing to stay as long as the wedding lasts. Some photographers claim that after a point, moments are more or less the same and that it is therefore pointless to stay till the end.
6. Do they offer videography services as well or can they suggest a professional?
Some photographers offer videography services as well. If they do, ask to watch a few wedding videos they have filmed, so that you get an idea of their presentation style. If they don’t, ask if they can suggest a colleague.
7. What is the finished product?
Most packages will include some kind of album, digital or traditional. Make sure you agree beforehand whether he will supply all the digital files or not.
8. When will you see your pictures?
Ask how long it will take get the digital files of the images, so that you can make your photo album selection. Then ask how long it will take for the album to be ready.
9. Do you have to put down a deposit?
Most photographers ask for a non-refundable deposit. The deposit ensures your date, thereby making it unavailable to other clients.