Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer (before you book!)

Ok so you’ve been an industrious little bee, and you’ve whittled down a shortlist of  wedding photographers that you think will be a great fit for you on the big day.  How to decide between the final contenders is often a difficult choice that I’ve heard can be a bit of a coin toss for some brides who don’t really know much about photography, let alone wedding photography!

Never fear – here’s a great set of questions for you that should illuminate the right wedding photographer as quick as you can say lock it in!

Background and Preparation

  • How long have you been shooting weddings?
  • How many weddings have you shot?
  • Have you ever worked with any of my other suppliers (e.g. the reception or ceremony venues, the celebrant, the florist, etc)?
  • Can I please call a prior bride for a reference?
  • If you haven’t shot at my wedding location before do you plan on doing a reccy before hand?



  • How would you describe your wedding photography style?
  • What type of equipment do you use?
  • Do you have a full set of backup equipment on the day?
  • Do you have any processes in place to avoid losing photos or are unable to shoot my wedding?
  • Will you have an assistant or second shooter on the day?
  • Do you use digital or film or both?
  • Do you shoot in black and white at all?
  • Can I give you a specific shot list of photos we would like?


Wedding Photography Packages and Administration

  • What packages do you offer?
  • Can you create a tailored package to suit our wants?
  • Are there any fees on top of the packages we need to be aware of for our wedding (eg travel fee)?
  • Do you offer engagement shoots as part of your packages?
  • Can you assist with prints of we want them?
  • Can you assist with the production of an album?
  • How many photos will you provide?
  • Do we receive all the digital images/negatives?
  • How long after are wedding will you supply the images?


Once your shortlisted photographers have answered these questions for you, you should be able to make a clear judgement on who is the best fit for your day!

Soda Wedding Photography by Liz James for beautiful wedding photos without the stress. Liz will make you and your entire bridal party unwind and feel comfortable, and even have a great time capturing the images of your special day.