Important Questions to ask:

Make sure you have a contract signed that explains everything…and you are familiar with the cancellation process. It really depends on your photographer preferences and contract but you need to know about it JUST IN CASE!
 

What if we cancel our wedding?

You might also want to ask your photographer, what if you get sick or something happens and cant make it? In my case, my assistant/associate photographer is as talented and can lead a wedding. I also have a small pool of second shooters, with a style similar than mine that could step in. The idea behind having a back-up photographer is to make sure you don’t get left with no coverage. Last year, I had a wedding scheduled a week before my pregnancy due date and I had a backup photographer and a back up for my back up. I ended up not needing them but I had them JUST in case.
 

What happens if you can’t make it to our wedding? Do you have a backup?

You want to make sure there is backup equipment available in case their equipment fails. In crazy weather (especially SUMMER!!), things can happen and cameras can fail, lenses can break, lights and batteries can die but the fun must continue. Back-up gear usually consists of a back-up camera and a couple other lenses.
 

Do you have back-up equipment?

This question might not seem important at the beginning but it will help you A LOOOOT in terms of planning and setting up your timeline. You also want to ask this question because you want to have an idea of how your potential photographer works and how much time they need to capture your wedding perfectly. Ask them if they get to the venue before their allotted time, if so, how long before? Ask them how they work around running late, what if something happens and things are running behind? It happens more often than you think! Ask them if they have shot at your wedding venue before, do they go there before the wedding to check it out? All these questions are important so you know how much in advance they prepare to help things go smooth.

What does a typical wedding day look like?

Do not be afraid of asking this question if it has not been answered yet, you have the right to know when to expect your precious pictures. Engagement galleries are not as extensive as wedding galleries are, and might not take as long to edit BUT you still will be waiting for them with a lot of excitement…and lets be honest, you will be checking your email eeeeveryday. ASK this question, so you are not anticipatory like that. It usually takes me a couple days or so to deliver an engagement session gallery but I tell my couples that could take me up to a week, most of the time, because if something happens (it always does, right?) I am not late!
Wedding galleries are a little more work, okay..a loot more work and time!
Wedding galleries can take from 4 to 12 weeks, depending on your photographers workflow and how busy their wedding season is. The longest it has taken me to deliver a wedding gallery was 6-8 weeks, and the fastest about 2 weeks!! It all depends!!
Make sure your photographer lays out expectations for you guys so you know how long you will eat and can plan accordingly!

How long will I have to wait for my engagement/Wedding images?

Figuring out your ideal wedding photographer’s style can be clear just by looking at their page, but, sometimes, you have to make sure that what you see is what you get. I usually try to have a curated feed so my clients and potential clients can see consistency and know what to expect. My style is moody and romantic, so if a client is booking bright and airy with lots of pastels, they will know, by looking at my page, that it will not be a good fit. Additionally, it is important to ask for a full gallery to see outdoor and indoor images. Lighting is not an easy thing to master, so by looking at pictures of a full wedding day, you can see if what you envision, matches with what your potential photographer can offer you. If you decide that the photographer you are interviewing is not a good fit for you, be clear and direct. We appreciate clients that tell us things instead of ghosting us. <3

How would you describe your photography style?