Years after the first dance and the throwing of the bouquet, your wedding photo album will be a special item that you'll go back to frequently to remember your special day. You've put so much time and effort into planning your wedding, so you'll want every meaningful moment captured in your photo album. That's why finding the right wedding photographer is so important. When selecting a wedding photographer, you'll want to make sure their vision of how the wedding will be captured matches your own vision. Does the photographer's portfolio have more planned poses or more candid shots? Will the wedding photographer stick around to photograph the reception? Naturally, the price of wedding photography services varies depending on the experience of the photographer. Finding the right photographer who fits your budget will help make your wedding day memorable.

Years after the first dance and the throwing of the bouquet, your wedding photo album will be a special item that you'll go back to frequently to remember your special day…

You've put so much time and effort into planning your wedding, so you'll want every meaningful moment captured in your photo album. That's why finding the right wedding photographer is so important. When selecting a wedding photographer, you'll want to make sure their vision of how the wedding will be captured matches your own vision. Does the photographer's portfolio have more planned poses or more candid shots? Will the wedding photographer stick around to photograph the reception? Naturally, the price of wedding photography services varies depending on the experience of the photographer. Finding the right photographer who fits your budget will help make your wedding day memorable.

How far in advance do I need to book with you?

A good wedding photographer books up really fast, especially during the busy summer season. The wedding photographer should be second to only the wedding venue in the order that they're booked. Booking a wedding photographer about 6-12 months in advance is typical for most photographers.

Who was your wedding photographer?

Ask your friends and family member if they were satisfied with their wedding photographer. Most of them will be happy to help you with that information. You can even ask to take a look at their wedding album to see if the style of the photographer is in sync with your own style. Plus, it'll give your friends and family an excuse to show off their wedding album.

Do you provide any other products or services?

Some photographers provide other services and products, such as framed prints and engagement photo shoots, in addition to wedding photography, so you can get everything you need in one place. Ask which other services or products the photographer provides before booking them for the wedding!

What style do you usually shoot in?

There are many styles of wedding photography, and you want to make sure the photographer you choose will take photos in a style you love. Ask the photographer which style they use and request to see their portfolio, so you can see whether or not it matches up with how you'd like your photos to look.

How long have you been doing wedding photography?

Wedding photography requires a special set of skills, and experience doing wedding photo shoots is a must. Being great at taking landscape photos or having years of experience in portrait photography does not necessarily mean a photographer will also be great at wedding photography. Ask how long the photographer has been doing wedding photography and always ask to see a portfolio of their work! 

What is included in the contract of services if we choose to book with you?

Most reputable wedding photographers will have you sign a contract of services once you decide to book them for the wedding. Before agreeing to work with a certain photographer, ask what will be included in the contract, and make sure everything lines up with what you have in mind for your big day! 

Do you provide any retouching services for the photos?

In order to provide you with the most flawless photos possible, many wedding photographers provide retouching services for some or all of the photos. Ask the photographer if she provides those services, and if so, whether there will be an extra charge for retouching. If you'd prefer to leave your photos as-is, make sure the photographer doesn't automatically retouch photos after the shoot! 

Will there be an extra charge if the wedding or reception goes a bit longer than expected?

Some photographers book an entire event at a flat rate, while others will charge hourly, so always ask whether your photographer will charge extra if things end up a little off schedule. This will save you both time and frustration later when the time comes to pay  the bill! 

When will I get my photos?

Some photographers can have proofs of your photos ready for you to view within a few days after the wedding. Others will need significantly more time. Ask ahead of time so you know what to expect. 

Will you work with an assistant?

Many photographers work with assistants, but not always. Assistants can be great for helping get everything set up and getting everyone in place for group photos, which can make the shoot go a lot more smoothly. Ask your photographer whether he'll be working with an assistant, and if there will be an extra fee if you request one. 

What happens if you can't make be there the day of my wedding?

Life happens, even to photographers. Before hiring your wedding photographer, always ask what the back up plan will be if the photographer is sick or has an emergency. Reputable photographers will have a back up plan. If not, you may want to have a back up plan of your own in place, just in case!