5 Things to ask yourself before hiring a professional photographer

If you are planning your wedding, you have probably already heard a number of questions to ask a photographer before you hire them. Here are 5 questions that you should ask yourself before you meet with a photographer!

  1. Why do you want to hire a professional photographer?
    • When I meet with potential clients, this is usually one of the first questions that I ask them. There are plenty of people out there with a “nice camera” who would probably be willing to take pictures for you at your wedding. You probably have a friend or two with one. Or maybe even a family member. Since you are reading this, you probably already have a reason why you want to hire a professional. There are plenty of good reasons to, but it’s something that you need to ask yourself. Most often, you “get what you pay for”.
  2. What style of photos do you want?
    • Photographers all have there own style of shooting, what type are you looking for? Traditional? Photo journalistic? Artistic? There are many photographers who combine these styles to make their own unique style. When you are looking through a portfolio, you should be looking to see if their style is what you are looking for.
  3. How do you want to enjoy your photography?
    • Do you want prints hanging on your wall? Do you want an album that will last a lifetime and can be passed on for generations? Do you just want to view them on your phone? Thinking about these questions will help you come up with some questions to ask your potential photographer. You can ask them what they offer, and what is included in their packages
  4. How long do you want your photographer to be around on your wedding day?
    • Do you just want photos of the ceremony? The reception? Formals at the church? (or wherever the ceremony is taking place) Location formals? Getting ready photos? Some photographers have an hourly rate, some charge extra to go to the reception. So figure out what you want, and then ask your potential photographer what they offer.
  5. What is your budget?
    • You should at least have a price range that you are looking to spent.

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