50 Important Questions to Ask Your Photographer

Availability

  1. Is my date available?
  2. How far in advance do I need to book with you?
  3. Will you be the one shooting my wedding?
  4. Will you have any assistants with you on the special day?
  5. What is the backup plan if you are unable to shoot my event for an unexpected reason?
  6. How many events do you typically photograph each weekend?

Background Check

  1. How many years of experience do you have photographing events?
  2. What types of events have you photographed? What percentage of work is composed of weddings?
  3. Can you share galleries of recent events photographed?
  4. Do you have experience shooting at our ceremony and reception venue? If you don’t, do you plan to check it out in advance?
  5. Do you have experience working with my event planner, videographer, florist, or DJ?
  6. What is your photography style?

Pricing & Packages

  1. What is included in the standard package?
  2. Do I have the ability to customize a package?
  3. How many photographers or videographers will be covering the event (including second shooter or assistants)?
  4. Is there a fee for additional shooters?
  5. Are any other events included in the package (such as engagement shoot or rehearsal dinner)?
  6. How many hours of coverage are included in the package?
  7. Do you offer overtime and what is the hourly rate?
  8. What is the cost of retouching, color adjustments, special effects or corrective services?
  9. How far do you travel? Is there a fee if you travel outside that zone?
  10. What other extra options do you offer?

Prints, Videos & Albums

  1. Can we order directly from you?
  2. Are prints, albums or videos included in your package? How many are included?
  3. What are the sizes of the prints or albums and the length of the videos or films?
  4. What type of album do you offer?
  5. Can I help design the album?
  6. Do you provide assistance selecting images and designing the album?
  7. When will I see the proofs? Are they edited before or after I see them?
  8. When will I receive the prints, videos or albums?
  9. How will they be delivered?
  10. Will they be accessible online and for how long?
  11. Will we receive the negatives and/or high resolution digital images? Is there a fee for them?
  12. Will we have the rights to the images? What are the restrictions for sharing photos online or for publication? Will the photos be watermarked or stamped with your logo?

The Shoot

  1. What type of equipment do you use?
  2. Do you carry backup equipment?
  3. Are you shooting in digital or film format or both?
  4. Do you shoot in color and black & white? What is the percentage of each?
  5. Do you bring your own lighting?
  6. How do you collaborate with a videographer?
  7. How should I time hair and makeup with your arrival?

Logistics

  1. When will we receive the contract?
  2. How much of a deposit do you require and when is it due?
  3. Do you accept payments in installations?
  4. What forms of payment do you accept?
  5. What is your refund or cancellation policy?
  6. Do you have liability insurance? Does it cover your assistants, as well?
  7. How will you and your assistants be dressed?
  8. Can we request a list of specific shots we would like aka a “shot list”?
  9. How far in advance do you need the timeline and shot list?