Alright, so we’ve covered what you should ask your photographer, but how about what the photographer should ask you? You may be 100% certain about what you want, but how do you transfer that vision to your photographer? Hopefully the questions below will help two fold:
- They will keep you from being disappointed when you receive your proofs because you’ve discussed style/expectations/concerns beforehand.
- Will ease your mind that you have chosen the right photographer for you.
1.) Are there any shots, or sessions, that you’ve seen of ours that really stand out to you?
This is a great question to be asked specially if the photographer you are considering has a broad range of styles displayed in their portfolio. This will help them hone in on exactly what you are looking for.
2.) Do you prefer posed shots, candids, or a mixture of the two?
Wildly, drastically important. Whether you are having an intimate session for you and your fiance, a fun family shoot, or a reception/party shoot, you do not want to the day to have passed and you realize that you have lots of great shots, but no one is looking directly at the camera. I speak from experience. If you notice your photographer’s style tends to lean one way or the other and they don’t ask your preference, please make sure to discuss this with them before your shoot.
3.) Are there any must-have photos?
Since you may have already asked if the photographer will allow you to supply a list of specific photos to be taken, this could be repetitive, but it is a subject that needs to be initiated by one of you. The Photographer’s job is to do their best to put you over the moon with your session and the final product, and covering the poses/shots you really want is a huge part of that.
4.) Is there someone I can thank for referring you?
Many Photographers offer referral incentives, but its their job to ask you if you were referred. Word of mouth is an invaluable marketing resource. If the photographer doesn’t want to honor the incentive, they shouldn’t have one. Plus, what kind of message does this send you if they don’t want to reward someone who is sending them business?
5.) Have you thought about the lighting or time of day you would like to shoot?
Many photographers prefer to shot either early in the morning, before the midday sun is blazing down on you, or about an hour before sunset. The indirect light makes the photos softer and avoids dark shadows. If any time of day if fine with you, great! But you need to discuss this early on to avoid any scheduling issues.
6.) Does she ask you questions that illustrate her preparedness?
OK, so this is a repeat from 7 Things You Should Ask a Potential Photographer, but it’s really that important. A good photographer should have nearly as may questions for you as you have for them. If they don’t, it may be a sign that they are not totally prepared or that they are not completely stoked about your session. Either way, you may want to consider moving on. Having a photo session is exciting! You deserve someone who is just as excited as you are and who is dedicated to getting shots that will make you happy.
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