I decided to create this list of questions to ask a wedding photographer and surveyed some of my brides and grooms and spoke with photographer friends and colleagues. Importantly, I’ve also provided you with my answers to these questions.
I recommend printing out this list of questions (or copy the questions that you feel are most important to you) and bring it to your photographer meetings. Some photographers will provide some of the answers to these questions on their websites, but don’t be afraid to ask, these are important questions to ask your wedding photographer, and it’s in your interest to get the answers!
Enjoy, and as a thank you for reading all the way to the last question, you’ll find another three important points to consider before deciding who will photograph your wedding day.
60 Questions To Ask A Wedding Photographer:
1. Is wedding photography your main business? Yes, I spend most of my time dedicated to my wedding photography and videography clients, with a smaller portion of my time serving commercial photography and family photography clients. Being a photographer and videographer is my full-time vocation, I don’t do any other part-time work and I love what I do! NOTE: A part-time photographer won’t necessarily provide you with an inferior service. Established full-time photographers like me are full-time for a reason. We provide a dedicated, client-focused, exceptional service, and won’t be burning the midnight oil editing photos while in the back of my mind is getting up for my ‘day job’ the following morning!
2. How would you describe your photography style? Discreet and relaxed, combining mostly natural/candid ‘documentary style’ photos with a selection of classic and captivating ‘wow-factor’ photos of the newly-weds.
3. How would you describe your working style? Relaxed, friendly, professional and fast. Most of the day I’ll blend seamlessly into the background, taking photos of the event as it unfolds. At key moments I’ll take a more ‘hands-on’ approach, offering direction where necessary to ensure the photos are taken quickly and smoothly.
4. What do you think distinguishes your work from that of other photographers? I create photos that are timeless, natural and unique, avoiding the use of ‘fashionable’ editing techniques and software filters that quickly look dated, focussing instead on clean, colourful photography that will stand the test of time.
5. How do I pick a good photographer when there are so many to choose from? Read my informative guide ‘How To Choose A Photographer – 5 Essential Things To Check‘, then narrow your selection down to a handful of favourite photographers and arrange to meet them one at a time. Make sure you meet the actual photographer who’ll be taking your photos, not their assistant, wife/husband, salesperson or studio owner. This is especially important if you’re at a wedding fayre and the photographer isn’t available as they’re shooting photos at a wedding. Take away some details, but arrange to meet the actual photographer at a later date. Don’t ever gamble by committing to booking when you only meet the sales rep at a wedding fayre! It’s crucial that you trust and get along with your photographer. This means you can rest assured your wedding photographer will create the photos you want. It’s important that not only should you like the photos, but you should like the photographer! Bear in mind you’ll be in each other’s company for several hours on your wedding day!
6. Why is wedding photography so expensive? Overall, I agree that the best wedding photographers do cost a lot of money, let’s not pretend great wedding photography is cheap. But being a skilled wedding photographer takes a lot of investment – personally, I carry over £15000 of equipment to each wedding. I work 50-60 hour weeks, editing hundreds of photos takes several days to complete. Add to that insurance, taxes, advertising, albums, shipping, etc. and you’ll appreciate why wedding photography costs money. It also explains why you generally ‘get what you pay for’. Photographers offering budget photography tend to work part-time, use cheaper equipment, have less experience and generally don’t create pictures which don’t compare favourably with higher-end photographers.
7. How far ahead do I need to book my photographer? There are no hard and fast rules here – if you’re not getting married for another 2 or 3 years then take your time, do lots of research and still take your pick of the very best photographers. As your wedding day draws nearer, then your options will become increasingly limited, particularly if you’re getting married on a Saturday during the busier summer season. Your first choice photographer might not be available if you wait too long. I have a varied client base, with some couples booking two years in advance, most about 12 – 18 months in advance, and each month I usually have at least one last-minute booking. I shoot between 40 and 50 weddings every year, but they’re not all Saturday weddings (the most favourite day of the week to get married is Saturday), so there’s usually a few Saturdays throughout the year I’ll still be available. Most clients agree that when you find your photographer, you’ll most likely know you’ve found the one for you. At that point don’t wait too long to book – arrange a meeting, ask the questions in this guide, and if you’re happy then book. It’s another thing ticked off your ‘to-do list’ and means you can move on to arranging something else. If I’m unavailable for your wedding date, I’ll recommend colleagues who may be available who I know can provide the same quality of photos in a style similar to mine.
8. My wedding is not in Edinburgh or Lothian, is that OK? Yes, I’ll travel anywhere to photograph or film a wedding! Travel and overnight accommodation costs may apply if your wedding is quite far away from Edinburgh, but generally, if you’re within 50 miles of Edinburgh I won’t charge extra.
9. I’ve heard about ‘shoot and burn’ photography. What is it? ‘Shoot and burn’ is a term used to describe photographing a wedding and supplying the images to the client without any editing or post-processing done to the pictures. It’s usually cheaper than mid-to-high-end photographer prices due to being quicker to supply to the client after the wedding day. The photos are often handed over regardless of any errors – forget about correcting poor composition, bad lighting, pimples, doing colour correction, etc. What was shot is what you get. Ask your photographer to confirm excatly what you will receive. If you’re having a smaller ‘off-peak’ wedding, you’re on a budget and do your research carefully, there are some bargains to be had. Try and get an experienced photographer with a really good portfolio of images in a style that you like and ask if your photos will be in this style. Ensure you receive a contract and make sure you compare the price to ensure you really are getting a good deal. Like most things in life, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime-occasion, make sure your photographer is up to the job, regardless of price.
10. Are you the photographer who will photograph my wedding? Yes, I will personally photograph your wedding. I don’t outsource or cover more than one event per day. From initial contact to delivering the completed albums, I take care of it. On the few occasions I’ve had an assistant or second photographer, I shoot the key photos to ensure the images are in my signature style. NOTE: Make sure the person who is going to be your photographer is named in your contract and make sure they are the person answering the questions on this list!
11. How can I be sure that you’ll be any good and that we’ll get along? Research, make sure you browse my website, my Facebook, Google+ and Twitter pages and my on-line reviews. By this stage, you’ll know if you like my style of photography. Contact me to arrange a meeting and take it from there. If we get along at our meeting, if you feel we could be friends, and you love the wedding albums I bring along, and you come away feeling like we’d be a good ‘fit’, then go for it and book me! I don’t do high-pressure sales, there’s no obligation to book – we meet, have a chat and a drink and even if you don’t book me I guarantee you’ll come away from our meeting with some useful information about your wedding or choosing a photographer!
12. How long have you been in business? Since 2006.
14. Doesn’t being experienced mean you’ll be out of my price range? Probably not. I don’t offer a ‘one-package-fits-all’ – I’m happy to tailor coverage of your wedding day to ensure you don’t pay more than you need to. If you have a big budget, and you want the very best service, photos and albums available then I can certainly work with you. But my services aren’t exclusive, and I’ll do all I can to cater for smaller or midweek weddings on a smaller budget. View my wedding photography packages and prices.
15. Are all of the images on your website yours, and is the work recent? Yes and yes. I regularly update my website and blog pages. All the photos and videos seen on this website are personally created by me.
16. How many photographers/assistants will be at my wedding? All of my packages provide one photographer as standard (that’ll be me, by the way!), with the option to add a second photographer if you wish.
17. Do I need a second photographer? No you don’t need a second photographer. A second photographer can be useful as they can provide you with more images and a different perspective. The best thing is to ask your wedding photographer to see how they prefer to work. You can get good results either way. I prefer to work alone, it suits my faster pace, and I have total control over the photos and know exactly what has been created while ensuring continuity of my style. When I meet clients over 95% who initially thought they would require a second photographer realised it wasn’t necessary. For the other 5%, a second photographer is only required for a small part of the day, not the entire day. I’m happy to discuss this with you at our meeting. Bear in mind that many photographers offering a ‘second photographer‘ as part of their standard packages are offering someone who will spend most, if not all, of the day working as a photographer’s assistant. This means carrying the primary photographer’s bags, moving tripods/flashes, etc., checking off the photo list and other assistant duties. Check what is on offer, as a photographer’s assistant is not the same as a second photographer! Also, beware the ‘second-shooter’ with little or no experience, hired because they’re cheap or free. Your wedding should not be a training camp for the inexperienced photographer! A second photographer should be there to shoot high quality, professional photos of the same standard as the main photographer. Bottom line – check why you would need a second photographer, make sure that you are getting a decent quality and experienced second photographer (not an assistant or someone gaining work experience) and check how long they need to be in attendance. Otherwise, you could be spending money needlessly, or taking a gamble with the quality of the photos you’ll receive.
18. Do you cope well under pressure? Yes, I think so – I’ve been photographing and filming weddings for ten years and seen it all. If things run late, if your wedding car breaks down, if a guest falls ill, or my camera malfunctions, it’ll be okay. I’m there to document the day, not to control the day, and if Plan A doesn’t seem to be working out for you, I’ll try Plan B. I’m there to work with you on the day. On the rare occasion there’s a problem on my side of things, you most likely won’t even know about it. Otherwise, as a team, in the unlikely event of any other problems, I’ll discuss it with you to ensure the rest of the day goes without any problems.
19. Are you insured? I certainly am. I have full cover including Public Liability Insurance, Professional Indemnity insurance and all of my camera equipment is comprehensively insured. NOTE: All suppliers should be insured in case anything goes wrong. Some venues may insist that all suppliers are insured, don’t leave it too late to find out your photographer isn’t fully covered. Budget photographer price too good to be true? Ask to see original copies of their insurance certificates. If they take a chance by omitting insurance, what else do they ignore?
20. What type of equipment do you use? I use top of the range Canon cameras, Canon L-series prime lenses and Canon 600 series flashes. There’s a bit of a myth that says ‘it’s not about the camera or equipment’. I agree with this a little bit, but suffice to say that I couldn’t create the photos I create using a basic camera and cheap zoom lens. I could create something similar, but it wouldn’t be as good as I know I can craft with my current gear. Do you want photos of a wedding ceremony shot in a dimly-lit room during winter? Use of flash will kill the atmosphere. Try shooting without flash using a standard zoom lens and basic camera body (the equipment of choice of many wedding photographers). You’ll receive grainy, blurry photos. By the time you see the pictures, it’ll be too late. Think about it this way, the equipment I use is an investment to give me the tools to do my job properly, promptly, with minimal fuss, in all weather. My gear can take a beating (ever tried walking down a narrow castle staircase with two cameras slung over your shoulders? Cheap equipment would be bust in a day!). Yes, I take the photos, it’s my critical eye that decides what to shoot, but my cameras and lenses are essentially precision instruments enabling me to get the results that I know you want and will love.
21. I have certain photo ideas I would like – can you do these? Sure, I’m an experienced photographer and happy to meet and discuss this with you. I do have my signature style, noted above, but I’m flexible and accommodating.
22. Can I give you a list of specific shots we would like? Yes, I discuss this with you about a month before your wedding day. You’re welcome to share your ideas, and I’ll certainly offer my input and give you a few ideas of my own! NOTE: Ask this question to every photographer you meet, and treat the reply ‘just trust me’ as a warning that you might be dealing with someone who isn’t too keen on deviating from their comfort zone. There’s a fine line between adhering to a definitive photo list to ensure you get pictures of all of your nearest and dearest, and allowing your photographer the freedom to be creative and capture those candid shots (which can often be some of the best photos of the day). Ask the question, and then nearer the day get down to the finer details.
23. Do you shoot in colour and black & white? All photos are shot in colour, edited then duplicated and converted to black and white. All clients receive all photos in colour, plus all photos in black and white. Some photographers choose a selection to provide in black and white. However, I feel that individual images which I prefer to be black and white you might prefer in colour, or vice versa. So have the best of both worlds and receive everything in colour and everything in black and white, at no extra cost to you.
24. Do you have a portfolio of a complete wedding I can review? Of course! I currently have more than 70,000 photos of entire weddings in my galleries, let’s have a chat, and I can show you the most relevant pictures – there’s a chance I’ve already photographed a wedding at your venue! I can also show you sample wedding albums containing full wedding days, not just an album with a selection of my favourite photos.
25. Have you done many weddings that were similar to mine in size and style? I won’t know for sure until I discuss this with you, but the answer is most likely a resounding yes! I’ve photographed and filmed weddings of every size and at every location imaginable – castle weddings, city centre hotel weddings, beach weddings and Registry Office weddings. The smallest wedding had just 4 of us present (Bride, Groom, videographer, me), and the largest had over 100 guests and eight bridesmaids! I’ve photographed Indian weddings, civil wedding ceremonies, Humanist weddings, Roman Catholic weddings, same-sex weddings….you get the idea.
26. Have you ever worked at my wedding venue before? Possibly…if not and it’s not too far from Edinburgh I’ll pay a visit in advance of the big day. Otherwise, I’ll thoroughly research the wedding venue and where possible arrive earlier on the day to check out locations for photos.
27. Have you ever worked with my Celebrant? Videographer? Coordinator, etc.? Possibly…I always introduce myself to suppliers on the day, and I’m great at working seamlessly with everyone. Don’t take my word for it, check out the positive reviews kindly written by my clients!
28. What packages do you offer? I don’t offer a ‘one-size fits all’ package. Click here for details of my packages and contact me to request my free pricing brochure. Minimum coverage is 2 hours, extending to full-day coverage, with some packages including a pre-wedding photo shoot.
29. Can I customise a package based on my needs? Absolutely! The packages on my website/in my brochure are based on the service I’ve provided to clients over the past five years. If none of the packages tick all the right boxes then, please do contact me, tell me about your wedding plans and let’s have a chat to get you the exact amount of coverage you require. I’m here to fit your plans, not the other way round.
30. Do you include engagement photos in your packages? Yes I do. I prefer to call this a ‘pre-wedding photo shoot‘, as most of my clients have been engaged for many months (or years!), others call it an ‘e-shoot’. The service is the same, though – we meet a few weeks before your wedding day and spend an hour or two shooting a range of photos of the two of you. We get to know each other a little bit before your wedding day, and you get to experience a professional photo shoot. I guarantee any fears or worries you had about the photography side of your wedding day will vanish by the time we’ve completed our photo shoot!
31. How much of a deposit do you require and when is it due? I currently require £200 deposit. Payment of the deposit is due as soon as you want to book. Until I receive the deposit payment and booking form, your wedding date is not reserved, and I reserve the right to accept other booking enquiries.
32. Do you offer a payment plan? Yes, I can accept payment via instalments. I’m happy to discuss this with you, and if you wish, I can even set up reminders for instalment payments.
33. Which payment methods do you accept? I’m happy to accept bank transfers, cheques, cash and I can accept credit/debit card payments via PayPal.
34. What is your refund/cancellation policy? Cancellation by you within seven days of booking and receive a full refund of your deposit. Cancellation by you beyond seven days means you forfeit your deposit. If you move your wedding date due to unforeseen circumstances, then I am usually happy to switch dates (subject to availability) and transfer your deposit to the new date. In the unlikely event of cancellation by me then I’ll refund in full all money you’ve paid.
35. When do I receive a written contract? As soon as you tell me you’d like to book me as your wedding photographer I’ll email you a copy of our contract. The contract contains the terms and conditions of business. To book me you sign and date the contract and send a copy back to me, along with your deposit payment. As soon as I receive your signed contract and deposit payment I’ll email you a booking confirmation/receipt for the deposit payment. NOTE: Don’t book a photographer or any other supplier who won’t provide a written contract.
36. What happens if you fall ill and can’t photograph our wedding? I have a network of photographer colleagues who are full-time professionals and are my first contact should an emergency arise. Fortunately, in the ten years I’ve been a photographer I’ve not yet had to call upon a colleague in an emergency, but if I do you can rest assured you’re in safe hands.
37. What information do you need from me before the wedding day? About a month before your wedding day I’ll email the details that I need – typically timings of the day to ensure I’m in the right place at the right time and the list of group photos. I’ll detail what’s required and when you supply the information I’ll check it and discuss with you anything that might not be an obvious problem, For example, your wedding venue might suggest timings for shooting the group photos. I’ll discuss this with you and make suggestions if I feel it will make the day progress more smoothly. Part of the benefit of booking me as your photographer is that I’ve seen what can go wrong, and I’ll do all I can to ensure your wedding day goes smoothly, including discussing things with you on the day and making sure you have the final say in any changes to the schedule.
38. What time will you arrive at my wedding and for how long will you stay? For as long or as little as it takes to get the job done! If you book me for 8 hours, then I’ll be there on site for at least 8 hours. The 8 hours won’t include travel or setting up/packing away equipment time. If your package includes coverage of the preparations, I’ll arrive with enough time to get the shots needed and move on to the ceremony. I’ll discuss the timings with you well in advance of the wedding day. If you have a good idea of the timings at our initial meeting, I’ll advise you whether your requirements are practical, or if we need to tweak the timings or amount of coverage slightly to ensure you get maximum coverage without busting your budget.
39. How will you be dressed at my wedding? I will wear either a smart suit or a more traditional pair of Scottish Tartan ‘Trews’, always a white shirt, tie and appropriate shoes. It might seem a trivial question to ask, but don’t assume all photographers will make the effort to blend in with your guests. Trust me, I recently filmed a wedding where the photographer wore jeans, trainers and a shirt. To say he looked out of place was putting it mildly!
40. How can I make sure I look good in my photos? Trust me on the day and relax. The best advice I can give to clients is that if you feel relaxed when I take your photos, you’ll appear relaxed in the photos, and you’ll have a good memory of having the picture taken. If you feel awkward or uneasy when having your photo taken, then you’ll feel the same when you look at the photo. So relax! In the unlikely event that you feel awkward or uncomfortable, I’ll happily move, rearrange or do whatever is necessary to make you look wonderful. Factor in a little time in the schedule to allow for delays – if the bride arrives late, or there’s a traffic jam on the way to the reception, or the speeches take longer than expected – you’ll feel rushed and hassled, and that can show in your photos. Try and add time for a receiving line (or line-up as it is known) as this can act as a natural buffer if timings do slip, as you can always cancel a receiving line to allow more time for photos or mingling with your guests. Importantly, try and relax the night before your wedding without having a lot of alcohol – get plenty of sleep and drink lots of water. Wedding day hangovers aren’t ideal for looking great in your photos!
41. If my event lasts longer than expected, will you stay? Is there an additional charge? These things can happen at weddings, a small delay here or there can add up over the course of the day, meaning the evening reception/cake cutting or first dance begins later than expected. I won’t charge extra if there is a delay in the proceedings and I’m happy to stay longer to ensure I cover the important parts of your wedding day (cake cutting, first dances, etc.).
42. Do we need to feed you at our wedding? No, I don’t expect you to provide me with food! Food is always appreciated, but never expected. If your wedding venue is in the middle of the countryside and there’s not anywhere convenient for me to purchase food, then I would be very grateful if you arranged the main course and a soft drink. If you prefer not to provide food that is totally cool, but bear in mind I will need to leave your venue to source something to eat and drink. NOTE: Some photographers insist on being fed at your wedding and have this as a clause in their contract. My view is that being paid £1000+ to shoot a wedding then insisting on food is a wee bit cheeky. If you were having a kitchen or bathroom installed would you expect the plumber to have a ‘feed me’ clause written into the contract? Go with whatever makes you feel comfortable.
43. What happens if your camera develops a fault? I use two identical cameras (plus a 3rd more basic ‘back-up’ camera) 8 lenses, four flash units…basically, I have at least 2 of everything I need to shoot your wedding photos.
44. What happens if it rains? It’s fine, don’t worry. It’s unusual to have an entire day of non-stop rain. I always have a ‘Plan B’ for wet weather, as will your wedding venue. If it’s wet, and you prefer to stay indoors, then I’m equipped to shoot beautiful newly-wed photos of you using my portable studio flash set-up. If you feel brave, we can head outside, even in the rain, and shoot a few photos of you walking together under an umbrella. Some of my favourite photos that I’ve taken have been shot in the rain, so be bold and if you’re up for it, so am I! The biggest difference will be when it comes to shooting the family/group photos. If you have lots of family and guests present, and your venue has restricted space, it might be impossible to shoot a high-quality group photo of everyone. But we can still shoot pictures of the smaller groups of family and friends.
45. Can my family and guests take photos? Yes, definitely. I actively encourage people to take photos, and I certainly have no issue with anyone present wanting to capture photos throughout the day. Some photographers object to guests taking pictures during the ceremony (and often during other parts of the day)…I disagree with this view, it’s your wedding day, a professional photographer should be able to capture great photos even if guests want to shoot a few snaps of the newly-weds! I’m there to capture a significant and historical occasion, including the guests who happen to be taking photos. As long as you’re happy for guests to take pictures, I’m happy, too! Your wedding celebrant/minister/registrar/priest might refuse to allow photos during the ceremony, check with them before you book if you feel this is a problem.
46. How long will all the family group photos take? As a guide, I recommend a maximum of 10 groups and to allow 30 minutes to create these photos. Bear in mind some people will be at the bar, at the toilet or having a cigarette and can slow things down a little, but 30 minutes for ten photos is a reasonable figure. Ten groups might not sound much, but if you start with a picture of everyone, newly-weds with bride’s family, then with groom’s family, newly-weds with siblings, one with grandparents, you still have five other combinations to choose. Don’t go down the route of having every possible combination of every family member present, it’s boring to shoot, it’s boring for everyone present and takes ages to plough through. Keep it short, sweet and enjoyable, and then get back to having a glass of champagne and relaxing.
47. Do you offer a photo booth? Yes, I can provide a high-quality photobooth service. I’ll provide everything needed, including backdrop and props. All the photobooth images are included with your disk of wedding photos.
48. You can Photoshop that to make it right? Possibly. I prefer to ‘get it right’ at the time I shoot each photo – location, poses, camera settings should ideally all be ‘just right’ when I take your photos. If your Best Man photobombs us, I’ll re-shoot the photo rather than spend an hour editing the image in Photoshop. Beware many photographers will charge extra for extensive editing in Photoshop and rightly so as it’s very time-consuming. Get it right when you take the photo!
49. When will I see my photos? During the off-peak season January – February your photos can be ready to view on-line in about two weeks. For weddings taking place during the busier summer months and through to Christmas, I aim to have the gallery ready to see by your first month anniversary, though up to 8 weeks can be necessary if I’ve been particularly busy. I always update you shortly after the wedding day, so you have a firm idea of when to expect your photos.
50. Do I get digital copies of my images? Yes – all clients will receive the high-resolution, watermark-free JPEG files of the photos included as part of your package. You’ll receive the disk containing the photos a few days after your password-protected web gallery goes live. I still retain the copyright to the photos that I create, and you’re licensed to use the photos for personal use. This means that you can share your photos with family and friends, and you can display the photos on your own Facebook page, but you’re not allowed to share the photos with venues, suppliers, etc. without my written permission. I’m usually happy to share photos with other suppliers and venues, but I want to ensure that you and your photos are only ever shown at their very best, and also make sure appropriate credit is given when a photo I’ve created is displayed.
51. How many photos do I get? You can usually expect to receive between 50 and 100 photos per hour of coverage. For all day coverage of your wedding (preparations in the morning until dancing in the evening), that means 400+ photos.
52. Do you provide retouching, colour adjustment or other corrective services? Yes I do. Every single photo is individually checked and edited. The editing can include pimple removal, cropping, skin smoothing, and always includes image colour correction, contrast adjustment and sharpening. The final editing stage is making black and white copies of all of your photos.
53. What type of wedding albums do you offer? How does the album design process work? I offer the entire range of Graphistudio wedding albums, all handmade in Italy. I design your wedding album, using photos selected by you. Most wedding clients receive more than 400 wedding photos. I’ll advise you on how to choose the photos for your album (explaining how to tell the story of your wedding day with your selection). This allows you to include all of the photos that you really want to include in your album. Other photographers prefer to dictate the entire album design process from start to finish. That’s OK, and I’m certainly happy to do this if you prefer to be less ‘hands-on’, but beware you might receive an album that is missing a few of your favourite photos, as your favourites might not be your photographer’s favourites. When I place the order with the album manufacturer, it takes about four weeks for the completed album to arrive with me. I’ll then forward your order to any UK address (Worldwide delivery is available for an additional charge).
54. When will I receive my Wedding Album? As a guide, from choosing your photos to receiving you completed album typically takes between two and four weeks. When you receive your disk of photos, I’ll provide guidance on how to choose the photos to go in your album. I think it’s important that you choose the pictures, and I design the album. This ensures the wedding album contains only the photos that you want. I’ll then create your album and show you the layout via a PDF file. I’m happy to tweak the design to ensure your complete satisfaction, and then the design is sent to the manufacturer. It then takes approximately four weeks for the finished albums to be completed. To summarise, the sooner you select the photos to go into the wedding album, the sooner I can design it and send it to the manufacturer!
55. Can you put together a slideshow of our favourite photos? Yes, I can. A slideshow is a popular upgrade that can be edited to music that you choose, and if you prefer you can also choose the photos to appear in the slideshow, making the show completely personal and unique.
56. Can I order prints of my photos? Yes, you can. Your photos will appear on your password protected gallery which you’re welcome to share with family and friends. You can order a range of gallery quality prints directly from your gallery. All prints are created here in Scotland by the UK’s leading print facility (trust me on how good these guys are, for seven years I ran a busy city centre print and design business, I know top quality when I see it!). Smaller prints are usually shipped same working day (Monday – Friday) for orders placed before 12 pm, with larger prints such as canvasses or framed prints taking up to seven working days. My advice is not to let your photos sit hidden away on your hard drive or disk. Remember – one or two wall mounted prints of your wedding day, probably the best day of your life, can make you smile on even the most miserable winter’s day!
57. Will you be posting about our wedding on your social media sites (blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)? Probably, as long as you’re happy for me to do so. I’ll usually post a small selection of my favourite photos of your wedding day on my Facebook, Google+ and/or Twitter pages as a little teaser within a few days of your wedding, and follow this up with a blog post containing a wider selection of photos of your big day. Bear in mind that sharing a few photos is the key way to promote what I do to a wider audience, and I’d never create or share images which show you or your wedding day at anything other than their very best. Bear in mind that almost all of my clients’ first impression of what I do is seeing someone else’s wedding photo/s on my website/social media/advertisement. I totally respect your privacy, and if you’d prefer to keep all of your photos private then I’m happy to oblige.
58. Will you be submitting our wedding photos to magazines or blogs? Possibly. If you’ve indicated that you prefer total privacy then no, your photos will always remain private. Sometimes a wedding magazine or blog will approach me to ask for images. For example, they might be doing a feature on wedding cakes and ask if I have any unique/unusual wedding cake photos. Or they might require photos of shoes or confetti. Or they read my blog post about your wedding day and love it so much they’d like to feature it. In these instances, I’m usually happy to share photos, as I get credit for the photo (a credit is a link to my website or my name next to the image) which in turn is a great way to showcase my work to future brides and grooms.
59. May I have a list of references or do you have any reviews? Yes, this is important. I have lots of wonderful feedback from my clients, available to view both here on my website, as well as independent sites such as Google and Trustpilot. I have a selection of clients who are happy to recommend me should you wish to discuss the service I provided them in more detail.
Thank you very much for reading this far! I hope you found these wedding photographer questions and answers useful. Before committing to booking your wedding photographer, make sure the final questions you ask yourself are:
1. Do I feel a connection with this photographer as well as their photos? Are our personalities a good match?
2. Am I comfortable with this photographer’s work and their communications?
3. Has the photographer listened to me and addressed any concerns I might have?
Make sure you’ve read my guide on how to choose a photographer, then get in touch using the form below, or call me directly on +44 (0) 7815 517604.