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Interviewing a Wedding Photographer-Me!

Updated: Apr 29

Questions you should be asking photographers when you inquire with them to capture your special day, along with my answers!

Are you ready to hire a photographer for your wedding day? Do you know someone who is? Save this post and share with your friends!

bride and groom rings on top of bridal boquet
Thomas wedding rings

As a wedding photographer, I understand the importance in choosing the right person to photograph your special day. To help you know what to ask, and to better get to know me and my services, I have compiled a Q&A list:

What you should know before even submitting an inquiry...

Does the photographer have experience photographing weddings? Weddings are big days so having a photographer that knows what they're doing and has proof to back that up, is SUPER important. I have photographed 7 weddings professionally, in my 3 years of business. I have otherwise been a portrait and lifestyle photographer for over 16 years. So to say that I take nice pictures is a total understatement. I know how to photograph people!

Do you like the photographer's portfolio?

What you see online, might not be what you get! What does that mean? Photographers, myself included, only post their absolute favorite images from wedding albums. Which means you may only see 20 photos max, of a full wedding day covered. You have every right to ask the photographer to view full wedding albums that they have delivered in the past. You'll be able to see how they handle family portraits, what kind of detail shots they take and really get a feel for their editing style. Not to mention get an idea of the number of images to expect!

My portfolio is a mix of posed, candid and intimate moments. I capture what happens in the moment and my editing lets you see the same. My editing style is traditional, true to color yet vibrant. You can view 4 of my most recent weddings below:

Ashley Wedding

Thomas Wedding

Kohler Wedding

Gunnells Wedding

Bride and Groom looking at each other with love underneath a bridal veil
Tanner and Ricki Gunnells sharing a moment after exchanging vows

Emergencies happen; How is it handled?

I am equipped with two camera bodies and serval lenses. This is in case of technical malfunction, I will have backup gear to complete the job. While I have never missed an event due to unforeseen circumstances, I have an ever-growing list of associate photographers I can call upon to replace me, if-needed.

Package pricing and what's included

All photographers will have different package options for wedding day photography. Usually those prices are based on hours of coverage, mine are! So what else effects the cost? (Along with my pricing)

-Engagement Sessions ($225 if scheduled separately - included when you schedule a wedding day package)

-Second Shooter ($100/hour)

-Videography ($200/hour) (Samantha Farmer - Mrs.FilmProduction -

-Travel fees ($100-$500 depending on distance)

Here are my package options:

$2,200 - All day coverage (8 to 10 hours) - 5x7 Printed album - $200 print credit

$300/hour - Build Your Own - Perfect for Elopements! - Print Products included at 2, 4, and 6 hour contracts

With all of my packages, engagement sessions are included complimentary, as a way for us to get to know each other. I can and will help plan your wedding day timeline to ensure we get the most beautiful photos possible!

When can you expect final photos back?

On average, the general answer will be 8-12 weeks. For me personally, I'm up to 12 weeks. I have to overestimate my delivery time, because I have a two year old and chaos pets. I balance spending time with my family and editing while everyone is asleep lol

I love you more neon sign on a wedding arch
Beautiful arch at the Kohler Wedding

Ready to inquire? Here's a few important points to mention in your message to a Wedding Photographer:

-Your wedding date (Duh!)

-Venue or general location (city, state)

-If you're planning anything non-traditional or any other fun ideas you have

-Desired length of coverage OR what your budget is, so a package can be tailored to your needs

-Mention your interest in a second shooter or videography coverage, so their availability can be checked as soon as possible

I have spent serval years perfecting my craft. I will take charge or be a fly on the wall. Tell me what you need, and I will do my darndest! I am looking forward to meeting some wonderful couples this year and beyond! Click the link below to submit an inquiry through my website. Talk soon!

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