Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Wedding Photographer

A wedding photographer will likely account for 12% of your wedding budget (Wedding Wire), so hiring the right one has to be worth it.  Lucky for our local brides, Raleigh has many talented options to choose from (view our preferred list here).  To ensure you’re getting all necessary information during consultations, we’ve created a list of recommended questions to ask before hiring a wedding photographer.  Here’s what we think you need to know!

Questions to Ask Before Hiring a
Wedding Photographer

Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Wedding Photographer

What is your rate?

Naturally, cost will be your first question.  A photographer’s rate typically correlates with the amount of time they’re hired for.  Because of this, we recommend questioning your needs prior to photographer consultations.  Below are a few questions to help you do so:

  • Will you use the same photographer for your engagement session?
  • Will you want the photographer to take pictures at the rehearsal dinner?
  • How long will you need the photographer on your wedding day?
  • Will they be shooting both bride and groom the morning of?
  • Will you want them to take pictures during the entire reception?

Can I make payments?

Ask if the photographer requires a deposit and if so, how much?  Also, are you able to pay in installments?  We all know that weddings can be pricey, so a payment plan can certainly help!

What is your preferred photography style?

In this recent post, we recapped the different styles of wedding photography.  We recommend giving it a read with your fiancé to decide which types you’d like shot on your wedding day.  This way, you can ask the photographer for their experience and examples of your favorite photography style.

What is the turnaround time for edited images post-wedding?

Turnaround time for receiving final images can take anywhere from one week to 6 months.  Ultimately, it’s up to the photographer.  Ask how long it will take to send the final images and confirm that this is clearly stated in their contract.  If they require a longer period of time to edit, ask if they’d be willing to send a few previews sooner.

Will I have rights to my images?

Technically, your wedding photos are the artistic property of the photographer.  Ensure that you’ll receive full print and download rights to your images.  The rights to your images should be clearly stated in the photographer’s contract.

Do you have a back-up plan?

Its always best to be prepared for the worst case scenario, especially on such an important day.  Be sure to ask the photographer if they have a back-up plan should an emergency arise on your wedding day.  It’s also not a bad idea to confirm this in their contract prior to booking.

What is the cancellation policy?

To reiterate our previous point, its better to be safe than sorry.  We recommend being aware of a photographer’s cancellation policy as well.

What do previous brides have to say about you?

No one can speak to a photographer’s credibility better than a previous customer.  Reviews on websites such as Wedding Wire can give you a genuine opinion of a particular photographer’s services.  Prior to your consultation, be sure to check out what other people are saying about this vendor.


As a special bonus, you can download our Vendor Interview Worksheet to take with you to all of your consultations here.

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