After you narrow down photographer options as described in my first post, you should start meeting with photographers that fit your budget, style and other preferences. The first step–make sure they have your date available.
From there, in order to get a good sense of the photographer, his style, personality and business, ask the following questions:
- How many weddings have you photographed?
- In what type of photography do you specialize?
- How would you describe your style of photography?
- Will you, personally, be photographing my wedding?
- What type of equipment do you use? Is your camera a pro camera? Digital or film? Will you have any large lights or other equipment you use at weddings? Do you have backup equipment?
- How many weddings are you willing to photograph a day?
- How do you interact with the wedding party?
- Can I see a single, complete wedding album?
- Why did you choose to become a wedding photographer?
- Why should we hire you?
And ask about any other concerns you may have. Some questions may pop into your head during the conversation–this is your chance to get them answered, so go for it!
Ultimately, you are looking for the best value you can find in a photographer. In other words, you want the photographer who can deliver high quality images in a style you want and provide an enjoyable experience before, during and after the wedding.
Also look for my answers to these questions soon.