Questions to Ask a Wedding Photographer you want to book: the 3 most common questions to + 17 other questions you might consider.
It’s your special day and you want everything to be perfect. You’re looking for the best wedding photographer to capture it all and make sure your pictures turn out exactly as you envisioned them. But, how do you know if a photographer is right for you? Having the right conversation with potential photographers can help ensure that they understand your needs and expectations on the big day. In this blog post, we will explore three essential questions to ask a wedding photographer before signing on the dotted line. Discover what to take into consideration so you can capture the ideal images for your special event!
1. What will the cost of your wedding photography be?
It depends on a range of factors, such as the experience of the photographer, how many hours they'll be working, if there are multiple photographers in their team, what kind of coverage you're asking for and if you're getting digital files or prints added to the package. On average, you can expect to pay somewhere between £2,000-£4,000 for a full day's work from two professional photographers. The price will go up if you want additional services like engagement photos, bridal portrait sessions and wedding albums included.
2. Are you wondering what comes with your wedding photography package?
When you are interested in a wedding photographer’s services, it is vital to ask what is included in their packages. A few common questions may include: the number of hours covered, the number of photographers present, whether there are extra charges for travel outside the city, overtime policy, if engagement photos are featured, album options, prints or digital files offered and if high-resolution digital files come with any printed orders.
3. Do you have an offer for booking multiple services?
We're committed to helping you keep your wedding costs as low as possible, so when you book more than one service with us, you'll get 10% off the total cost.
4. How long have you been a wedding photographer?
Peter and Monika from Umbrella Studio.co.uk have been wedding photographers since Y2009 - incredible 15 years. We have always been passionate about photography, and we feel extremely fortunate to be able to turn our passion into our career. Over the years, we have had the opportunity to photograph numerous weddings and capture beautiful memories for couples on their special day. We bring a combination of experience and creativity to our work, and we are always striving to improve and learn new techniques in order to provide the best possible service to our clients.
5. Can you provide examples of your work as a wedding photographer?
Certainly! We would be happy to provide examples of our work as wedding photographers. We have a portfolio of images on our website that showcases a selection of our recent wedding photography, as well as a blog where we regularly post more of our work. Additionally, we would be happy to provide a full wedding gallery for you to view upon request. We can provide you with an understanding of our style and what kind of images we create. If you would like to see more of our work simply ask, and we'll do our utmost to fulfil the request.
6. Are there any reviews or references that I can take a look at from prior customers?
We are proud of the work we do and the clients who have expressed their satisfaction with our services. We use their feedback to further enhance our offerings, should you require proof of this we can provide references from past clients. Our website carries a section on reviews which provides an honest outlook from past clients, who have used our services. This should give you an insight into the excellence that we strive for.
7. What would you say is your approach to capturing the big day with a camera?
We strive to capture all the memorable, timeless moments of your special day, from the exchange of vows to the first dance, as well as those spontaneous instances that reveal your unique story. Our quest is to evoke emotion and connection between you and your partner in every shot taken; a set that reflects both your personalities and style. Whether traditional or contemporary, our portfolio and stories will illustrate our potential for delivering results.
8. Can you fulfil any particular photography needs or ideas that we are looking for?
Absolutely! We are delighted to accommodate any special photography requests or themes that our clients may like. Our priority is to ensure your satisfaction with the outcome, and we wish to collaborate to craft a set of pictures which reflect your individual style and vision.
9. Do you have any extra gear in case of technical difficulty on the wedding day?
At each wedding, we go the extra mile to guarantee that all our gear is functioning properly before the event. We are always prepared for any technical hiccups that might pop up on the day and promise to take prompt action if anything does arise. Most importantly, your special memories always take top priority - so you can rest assured that we will do whatever it takes to capture them perfectly!
10. How many photographers are expected to attend my wedding?
We appreciate the significance of each wedding we cover and make sure to leave no stone unturned. With two photographers on the job, we are able to capture various points of view and guarantee a detailed photographic keepsake for each couple. Our goal is to give couples stunning, superior images that will serve as cherished memories for years to come.
11. Will you be our main photographer on the day of our wedding, or will you have an assistant?
As experienced wedding photographers, we appreciate how significant it is to have a dependable and well-qualified photographer documenting every moment of your special day. Consequently, we always endeavour to be the primary photographers at each wedding we shoot. It is our aim to offer personalised and dedicated service while ensuring that all of the essential moments are captured by us.
12. How you'll work with the other suppliers on our wedding day, including the videographer, DJ and florist?
As wedding photographers, we strive to ensure a seamless experience on the day of your special event. To this end, we practice communicating early and often with all vendors, staying organised with our equipment and supplies, being flexible amid any changes or unforeseen circumstances, and respecting other vendors' space and time constraints. By following these key practices, we are dedicated to making sure that your wedding day is as smooth and beautiful as possible
13. When can we anticipate getting our edited photos following the wedding?
You can expect to receive your edited photos within 4-6 weeks. Although the photography and editing process is time-intensive and requires careful consideration and attention, we are committed to delivering a final product of the highest quality that will bring back all of your special memories in vivid detail. Please rest assured that the wait will be worth it, as you will adore the set of images that we create for you.
14. Do you provide albums and prints, apart from digital files?
We provide a plethora of services when it comes to wedding photography; from albums to prints and digital files, we cover all your needs. We understand that every couple has different preferences when it comes to how they want to display and enjoy their wedding photos, and we strive to provide a range of options to meet those preferences.
In terms of digital files, we provide all of our clients with high-resolution JPEG files of their edited wedding photos in an online gallery form offered by Zenfolio. These files are suitable for printing on a range of products that Zenfolio is offering, sharing on social media, or displaying on electronic devices.
In addition to digital files, we also offer a range of options for prints and albums. We offer the free Zenfolio service, so whoever you will send a link to will be able to purchase high-quality prints in a variety of sizes, including standard sizes like 4x6, 5x7, and 8x10. We also offer a variety of album options, including traditional bound albums, flush mount albums, and parent albums.
I am happy to discuss the different options with you and help you choose the best products to suit your needs and budget. Please don't hesitate to ask if you have any questions about the different options available."
15. What is your stance on retouching and editing pictures?
At Umbrella Studio Wedding Photography, our policy is to subtly enhance each image while preserving its natural beauty. We use a range of editing techniques to make only those corrections necessary to refine the photo, ensuring any changes are subtle and unobtrusive in nature. Our objective is to provide couples with timeless images that they can cherish forever. If you have any particular wishes regarding retouching or editing, please let us know; our aim is to fulfil your vision.
16. Do you have professional photographers' insurance?
As professionals in the wedding photography industry, we take the precautions necessary to ensure the safety of ourselves and our clients. Nevertheless, we acknowledge that unanticipated events can occur and so having liability insurance is an essential way of providing coverage for any unexpected problems that may arise. To put your mind at ease, please do not hesitate to ask us about our insurance policies if you have any further queries
17. What is your policy on travel and expenses for destination weddings?
For destination weddings, we are more than happy to travel to capture your special day. We understand that destination weddings can be a unique and exciting way to celebrate your love, and we are excited to be a part of your special day no matter where it takes place.
In terms of travel and expenses, our policy is to be as transparent and upfront as possible with our clients. I will provide a detailed estimate of all travel and expenses for your destination wedding upfront, so that you know exactly what to expect and can plan accordingly.
We are committed to providing the best possible service and capturing beautiful, high-quality images of your wedding, so we will work with you to find the most cost-effective means of transportation and accommodation. We'll be here to answer any questions you may have regarding travel expenses. Please don't hesitate to get in touch!
18. Do you have a contract that sets out your services and costs?
At Umbrella Studios, we believe in being transparent and upfront with our clients. As such, we always have a contract that outlines our services and fees. This contract includes details on the length of coverage, the number of photographers, the delivery of the final images, and any other relevant information. We understand that no two weddings are alike so we're happy to work with you to create a customised package tailored to your needs and budget. If there's anything you feel unsure or unclear about our agreement or services, please don't hesitate to ask us – we are always prepared to answer your questions and provide more information. Ultimately, it is our aim to give you an outstanding experience along with beautiful photos that capture all the precious moments of your day – by making sure there is a clear understanding of our terms through a detailed contract, we can ensure that won't be a problem!
19. What is your wedding photography service cancellation policy?
At Umbrella Studios', our wedding photography service cancellation policy is designed to be fair and flexible, while also taking into account the time and resources that go into planning and preparing for a wedding.
In general, our cancellation policy is as follows:
If you decide to cancel your wedding photography services, the amount of refund given will depend on how far in advance of your wedding date it is done. If more than six months remain, you are entitled to a full refund; between three and six months, 50% refund; and less than three months before the wedding, no refunds will be issued. We understand that unforeseen events can occur and we will try our best to be flexible. However, this policy is in place so that we are fairly compensated for the time and resources invested into preparing for your event. Should you have any questions or require more information about this policy, please do not hesitate to ask us.
20. What's the best way to manage group shots and family portraits on the big day?
As wedding photographers in Surrey, we know how significant it is to document beautiful and ageless group images and family portraits on your wedding day. These pictures are integral to telling the tale of the big event, and we strive to produce images that you and your loved ones will cherish forever.
We reach out to the couple before their special day so we can understand which group shots and family portraits they would like captured. To ensure a smooth process, we also make a list of all desired shots and work quickly to capture them without compromising on quality. Should any unanticipated changes occur, we are always prepared to be flexible and make adjustments accordingly.
If you have any further queries, please let us know. To view our availability, please use the form provided.