Do you have my date available? NOTE: Obviously, if the answer is NO and you’re not willing or able to change your date, don’t bother asking the rest of these questions.
How far in advance do I need to book with you?
How long have you been in business?
How many weddings have you shot? Have you done many that were similar to mine in size and style?
How would you describe your photography style (e.g. traditional, photojournalistic, creative)? NOTE: It’s helpful to know the differences between wedding photography styles so that you can discuss your preferences with your photographer.
How would you describe your working style? NOTE: The answer should help you determine whether this is a photographer who blends into the background and shoots what unfolds naturally, or creates a more visible presence by taking charge and choreographing shots.
What do you think distinguishes your work from that of other photographers?
Do you have a portfolio I can review?
Are all of the images yours, and is the work recent?
What type of equipment do you use?
Are you shooting in digital or film format or both? NOTE: The general consensus seems to be that either format yields excellent photos in the hands of an experienced professional, and that most people can’t tell the difference between film and digital images anyway.
Do you shoot in color and black & white? Both? Infrared? NOTE: Photographers who shoot in a digital format can make black & white or sepia versions of color photos.
Can I give you a list of specific shots we would like?
Can you put together a slideshow of the engagement session (along with other photos the couple provides) and show it during the cocktail hour?
What information do you need from me before the wedding day?
Have you ever worked with my florist? Makeup Artist? DJ? Coordinator, etc.? NOTE: Great working relationships between vendors can make things go more smoothly. It’s especially helpful if your videographer and photographer work well together.
May I have a list of references? NOTE: The photographer should not hesitate to provide this.
More on this list about the ceremony and post production will be coming soon.