If you’re getting ready to meet with a wedding photographer or start a conversation with one, there are a few questions that you’ll want to be sure to ask before you decide to book them.

Most wedding photographers aren’t sneaky or intentionally deceptive, but that doesn’t mean that their packages inherently include everything you’re looking for. To ensure that you get everything you need from your photographer, consider asking questions like these when you email, call, or meet in person.

Questions All Couples Should Ask

  • How many hours of coverage do your packages include?
  • What’s included/not included in the rate you’re quoting us?
  • What’s your policy for adding on extra time?
  • When will we receive or photos?
  • How are our photos delivered?
  • What kind of payment schedule do you work with?
  • How can we make our timeline work best for photos?

Questions for Specific Scenarios

  • Do you take special Photoshop re-touching requests?
  • What’s the best way to contact you day-of?
  • Do you ever work with a second shooter?

Why These Questions?

I chose the questions here because I’ve found that they’re some of the most important and often overlooked questions that couples should ask their photographer. At the same time, they’re questions with the answers that photographers often fail to provide.

The key is transparency. Don’t go into a deal like this without learning all about what doing business with your photographer entails. While many do include these kinds of details in their contracts, some don’t, and in this case, it’s even more important to make definitive agreements on the front end. You may even want to get everything in writing before the big day comes.

Most photographers offer just about any kind of service that you could ever ask for. The key is ensuring that they’re including it in the package that they offer you.

For instance, here on my site, you may or may not have already visited the “Packages” page. There are currently six packages that I offer – would every single one meet your needs? Probably not. Weddings are not one-size-fits-all and what works for one person may not work at all for another.

Conclusion

My recommendation is to ask your photographer these questions if you feel at all unsure about what exactly you’re getting when you agree to have them shoot for you. I’m not encouraging all kinds of skepticism, I’m just saying that you want to make sure that you’re all on the same page!

Even if you have already booked your photographer (but still feel a little unsure) then I would encourage you to make sure that you ask all of these questions before the big day. Day-of requests are at risk of being forgotten or even ignored, and that’s definitely not how you want to start things out!