Kristin Griffin Photography Po Box 514, Raynham Center, Massachusetts 02768 508-320-2670 www.kristingriffinphotography.com Kristin@kristingriffinphotography.com
Questions To Ask Your Wedding Photographer Your wedding photographer plays a crucial role on wedding day. Long after the flowers have wilted, the cake has been eaten and the guests have gone home, all that will remain of your special day are the photographs! While there are many talented professionals out there, the following questions should help you find a photographer who suits your style, budget and needs:
Are you available on our wedding day? Do you have liability insurance? Who will actually be taking my pictures at the wedding? How long have you been a photographer? Are you a full time photographer? What do you do during the week? What’s your experience, background and education? Have you received any formal classroom training as a photographer? Have you ever shot a wedding at our ceremony/reception location? Have you shot any weddings that were similar to the size and formality of our wedding? How many other events will you also photograph that weekend? What packages do you offer? What do they include? If there is a time limit, can we add hours onto the package now, and on the day of the wedding? Do you offer any items on an a la carte basis if we don’t find a package that suits us? What type of photography do you specialize in? Do you primarily shoot weddings? What’s your style of wedding photography? What distinguishes your work from other photographers? Do you shoot in digital format or film? If you shoot film, do you shoot in color film or black and white? How many photographs can we expect you to capture before our wedding, during the ceremony, at the formals and the reception? What kind of input can we have on the direction of the shots? Can we give you a shot list to work from? When will my proofs (pictures) be ready? Can we keep them? Can we purchase the negatives? Who owns the rights to the negatives? Can we buy prints/albums later? What happens if you are sick or have an emergency on our wedding date? Do you ever work with a second photographer? How experienced are the second photographers you hire? What type of photographs do you ask them to cover? What is the cost for a second photographer?
Do you carry backup equipment? What’s your cancellation policy? Do you require a deposit? How far in advance must we book your services? What lab do you use (to make prints, etc)? How archival are the prints you create? How much digital retouching do you perform? Do you keep the original RAW files, and do we get copies of the original files? Do you charge extra for retouching? Do you post our photographs online in a password-‐protected gallery, so my guests can view the photographs and order their own copies? Are you a member of any associations or groups specific to the industry? Do you mind if guests take photographs while you are shooting? How do you handle guests that are uncooperative? Have you ever been published in a photography journal or had a show? What are your criteria for choosing what to photograph? How do you know how many photographs to take at our wedding? What time do you arrive to set up your equipment? Do you provide a written contract and guarantee? Are taxes and gratuity included in the price? Are there additional charges not mentioned (i.e. travel)? Do you offer discounts for off-‐season (winter), weekday or Sunday weddings? Who chooses and designs the wedding album and the photographs that appear in it? What information do you need from me before the wedding date? Do you require us to attend a site visit to the ceremony/reception venue? Have you ever worked with the other vendors I’m using? Will your photographic equipment shoot at low levels of light without a flash? What events will you cover? What do you love most about shooting weddings? What inspired you to become a wedding photographer?