Before Booking, Ask Your Photographer These Important Questions

Finding the perfect professional photographer for your event is a big deal. You want to ensure that you’re working with a tried-and-true pro with experience and dedication to providing you the best outcome possible. After all, you’re spending your money on this; you are entitled to receive a certain caliber of quality.

Before you sign on the dotted line and commit to working with any photographer, you should conduct an interview. Even if it is a brief interview, it is best to gain an understanding of how this individual or company conducts business. You may have many specific questions in mind, but we recommend starting with these.

What is Your Specialty?

Does this photographer specialize in portraits? Landscapes? Group photography? Weddings? You should feel comfortable in knowing that your photographer has experience with the kind of photography that you need before you book them.

Do You Use Digital or Film Formats?

While traditional film may seem a bit outdated, it is surging back into popularity for the dreamy, nostalgic quality that it brings to photos. If this is what you have in mind, make sure that the photographer is equipped and experienced in dealing with this medium. It’s important to make sure of this, as many modern photographers are more proficient with digital photography.

What is Included in the Package I’m Paying For?

Prints, proofs and retouching are often included as a standard in most photography packages. Still, it is best to know exactly what you are paying for before you commit. This way, you will not be floored by an unpleasant surprise – like having to pay more for certain prints or the retouching of your photos.

Their time is another part of the package that you need to consider. How long will you be booking them for? What do they charge if you go over your allotted time?

Who Will Be Behind the Lens?

If the photographer is part of a company or they work with others, you’ll want to be sure that you know who is going to be responsible for taking the pictures. If the photographer you’ve spoken to initially isn’t the one who will be handling your order, then make sure to see the portfolio of the acting photographer – just to ensure that you’re on the same page.

Will You Be Bringing an Assistant? Will There be an Additional Charge for Them?

Some photographers rely on the help of their assistants to get the best shots and help the session go smoothly. Before agreeing to work with them, make sure that you won’t be surprised by any additional charges related to the involvement of an assistant photographer.