If not, you should ask to meet the person who will be, and use these questions to ask a wedding photographer.
If the photographer is a member of an association, he is networking with other professionals and is most likely up to date with current trends and styles of photography. Members also have access to continuing education and other resources that non-members do not have.
You want to make sure the photographer is comfortable shooting the style you prefer. Communicate what style you want and ask about any special ideas they may have had success with. To help you decide what style is right for you, learn about the different styles of photography: Traditional Style Wedding Photography, Photojournalism, Fine Art and Fashion Style Wedding Photography
You will get a sense about the photographers knowledge and experience.
Usually if an assistant who knows and understands wedding photography is there, it will make your photographers job faster and easier.
You want to be sure the photographer is prepared in case of an emergency. Make sure your wedding photographer has adequate backup equipment of the same quality. Also, you want to know the backup photographer is someone you would want to photograph your wedding.
Some photographers will not allow others to take photos at the same time they are. The other cameras flash may effect the photographers photos or may distract the people in the photo to look another way. The answer to this question may be important to you if you want others to freely shoot photos during your formal session.
Lighting issues and restrictions on using flash may come up as a surprise once you are at your event location (especially in ceremony locations). If your photographer checks out the location beforehand, they will be prepared for these situations.
Sometimes the day can last longer than expected, and if so, is the photographer willing to stay and at what cost to you?
You should have an idea of how many photos you want and what you are getting with the package.
Photographers come in all styles, skills and service levels. Learn more about how much a photographer should cost.
You should know what type you want and if the photographer is willing to take more of what you want.
Make sure the photographer is willing to accept a list of your must haves! Learn more about must have wedding photos.
You want to make sure they will look professional!
This could vary drastically, 2 weeks, 2 months, 6 months ,etc.
It is nice to have a professional assist you in planning your album, it can be a bit overwhelming if you are not sure what you want.
Learn the differences between a Matted album and a Flush mount album.
Photographers have the rights to their photographs and may not want to give up the negatives or digital full resolution files. It may be an added cost to the contract.
You want to know if the photographer carries insurance to cover the cost if something goes terribly wrong.
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Deb Carpenito, WeddingPhotoUSA