With all the options for different Chicago wedding photographers out there, choosing the one who is right for you can be a daunting task. There are specific questions to ask your potential wedding photographer that will aid in the decision making process. How the photographers you’re considering answer these questions will help you decide which photographer will be a good fit to document your marriage celebration.
Questions to Ask Your Potential Wedding Photographer
- Are you a legal business with liability insurance? It’s really important to make sure that the photographer you’re considering is a legal business with insurance. Using a photographer that isn’t a legal business is asking for trouble because if they are uninsured and something should happen while they are photographing your wedding, you could be liable. For example, let’s say everyone is whooping it up on the dance floor and someone trips over a light stand injuring themselves. If your photographer doesn’t have insurance, you could be liable for this because you the host of the party.
- Do you have back-up gear? What kind of back-up gear do you have? Is it professional quality? We’ve all experienced a time where technology has failed on us. Sometimes even the highest tech gear can malfunction. If this were to happen at your wedding it would be reassuring to know that your wedding photographer has adequate back up gear to carry on documenting your wedding as if nothing had happened.
- Can I see a full wedding gallery and/or wedding album? Seeing a full wedding gallery will give you a good idea of how a photographer will document your wedding from start to finish. This is important for a number of reasons but namely, so you can see how they typically capture the story of someone’s wedding day.
- Are you proficient in using flash? Being proficient in using flash is important because of the several different lighting situations encountered during a wedding day. For example, you want to be sure your photographer feels comfortable photographing in the low light conditions often encountered in places of worship and various reception venues.
- Is your second photographer a professional who is capable of documenting the wedding on his or her own should an emergency arise? Having a second photographer not only allows for different viewpoints/angles and extended coverage, it should also suffice as an “insurance plan” of sorts in the event of an emergency. Having a proficient second shooter adds a layer of protection so you don’t have to worry about anything extra on your wedding day.
- Will all the photos from our wedding be edited? Many photographers do a full “RAW” edit which includes making adjustments to color balance, exposure, and contrast, but many photographers also only include “Proof” images.
Other Things to Consider
Style– Do the images you have seen resonate with you? Are you impressed by what you see? If you like what you see in a photographer’s portfolio than you will most likely enjoy the work they present of your wedding day. If you don’t like what you see, take it as a sign that you’re probably not the best match for each other.
Personality– Is the photographer someone you can get along with? Do you “click” when you meet? It’s important to like your photographer because you will be spending a lot of time with them on your wedding day.
Trust– Your wedding photographer will be responsible for capturing a very important day in your history. It’s imperative that you trust them to get the job done. They should be able to capture the story of your day without too much direction. Check their reviews online. Ask for references. Do they belong to any professional organizations?
Price Range– While the last thing you want to do is choose your photographer based only on price, are they within the range of your photography budget? Many photographers won’t give their full pricing without an in-person consultation, but often times will divulge a starting price point. Knowing this will help you determine which photographers to meet with.
Product offerings– Do you know what you’re getting and what is included in a Collection? Does the photographer offer package or a la carte options? A combination of both? If you’re unsure about something, don’t be afraid to ask.