Once your initial research has been carried out and emails sent, you will certainly then make a small selection of the photographers who seem to match your criteria. You will then have to meet them, or at least do a Skype / Whatsapp with them to learn more about their way of working and see if the feeling goes well between you.
Here is (in bulk), a small selection of relevant questions to ask and which are not often addressed by the bride and groom. Do not hesitate to bombard the photographers with all kinds of questions. Even the ones that seem stupidest to you. Above all, keep in mind the purpose of these meetings, which is to have the photos that best suit you, with the photographer you trust, and who will put you at ease.
How long have you been a wedding photographer, and how many reports have you done?
Under these questions hides crucial information, which is not often sought by the bride and groom. It is to know the experience of the photographer. Even if quantity, is not a sign of quality, it is obvious that a photographer having made 150 weddings and another having made 20, will not have the same experience in the field, and therefore the ability to advise, support , anticipate and adapt when he is in the rush or facing problems on D-day. The photographer’s experience is, in my opinion, one of the most important factors to be taken into account by the bride and groom. However, it is the most neglected.
Do you use flashes?
Here the idea is to know if your photographer is able to make his report even if the room or the dance floor are very dark or even in the dark for the track because the dj has no lighting (yes, yes it happens a lot more often than you think). This situation is also found during cocktails at winter weddings or when it rains all day because they take place indoors in fairly cramped and poorly lit places. Or on the contrary when it is very hot and the guests decide to improvise an outdoor dance floor. Again, your photographer must be able to adapt to the situation without being caught off guard and able to initiate his own light.
What is your photo equipment?
The question here is not to know if the material makes good photos (it does not exist, it is the photographers who make good photos) but to know the range and the number of cameras, lenses, cards, etc, to get an idea of the photographer’s ability to overcome possible technical problems on D-Day. For example, if the cameras have only one memory card slot, or if the photographer only has 2 objectives or see a single camera, you can start asking yourself questions.
Having high-end professional equipment can also be important. It is very expensive equipment certainly, but which does not fear rain, dust, etc., and which is still less likely to fall in the road in delicate conditions. But zero risk obviously does not exist.
How do you guarantee photo security?
Extremely important question, but again very little addressed by the bride and groom. Ask how the photographer is doing to ensure the integrity of your photos as much as possible. If there is not at least the taking of duplicate photos (that is to say that each photo is taken in duplicate automatically and injected directly on two different memory cards) it can be problematic if one card breaks down (and yes, it does happen). I’m not talking about the different backups on multiple media after the wedding.
Do you have professional liability insurance?
Imagine the photographer who shakes up the family’s grandma, or who unfortunately hurts a guest. You have your answer.
What happens if you are physically unable to report on wedding day?
Unfortunately, this is something that can happen. No risk does not exist. And it’s the same for all your providers. For 9 years, I have been able to build up a fairly extensive network of serious photographers, and in the same style as myself. If I cannot do your report (which has never happened to me for the moment), I will activate the levers of my networks, to find a photographer available and more or less in the same register as me.
Is it possible to see one or more complete wedding galleries?
This will give you a global vision of the photographer’s work. There are many photos that are not highlighted on our websites. Including photos of groups, families asked, signing of registers, etc. But you have to know how to do them! It is also a way to see how the photographer “tells” the stories. The story-telling