After you’ve narrowed down your list of potential photographers, it’s time to conduct some interviews. If possible, aim to meet with photographers in person. That way, you can get a feel for how the two of you vibe together. Video interviews can do in a pinch, of course. During your interview, make sure to ask about the following:
• The photographer’s experience level. This includes how many weddings they’ve shot, whether they’ve ever worked at your venue, how long they’ve been a professional photographer, whether they focus on weddings, and so on.
• Their process. Will the photographer visit the locations before the shoot? How many hours of coverage are included, and what happens if you want them to stay longer? What happens if there’s an emergency and the photographer can’t make it to your wedding?
• Their team: Do they photograph on their own or do they have an assistant to help ensure coverage throughout the day for all the big moments?
• Their philosophy. What is their approach to shooting weddings? You can ask this during the interview, but you can also check out the “About” page on their website to get a feel for their approach.
• The equipment they use. For example, do they shoot exclusively film or digital? Or a combination of the two?
• Their packages and costs. Ask about the different tiers of packages and what they include. Get specific. During this process, be honest about what you want, your budget, and what products and services are absolute must-haves. For example, do you only need printed photos or do you prefer to receive every photo taken on a digital file?
• The post-production process. What kind of styling can or will they apply during the editing process? When and how will you receive your images after the big day? Will family and friends be able to order prints? If you ordered film shots, will the photographer give you the negatives? Who will own the rights to the images?
• Their contracts. Will they show you their standard contract so you know what’s included?
Of course, you should also ask for multiple samples of their work. You’ll want to see at least a couple full wedding shoots so you can get a good sense of their style, as well as see their strengths and weaknesses. You’ll also get a feeling for what a full package might look like. Look carefully at the photos to determine whether you like the photographer’s style and whether they’ve captured the kinds of moments you want to be recorded at your own wedding. Throughout all these conversations, pay attention to how you feel around the photographer. If you feel comfortable and at ease, that’s a sign that you’ve found a good fit. If you feel anxious, stressed, or unsure about their ability to deliver, you may want to look elsewhere.