After exchanging vows and celebrating the biggest party of your life, the only memories you will have left from the big day are through your photographs. So, it is absolutely safe to say choosing a professional UK wedding photographer who truly understands your style preferences and can capture those special memories is one of the essential decisions you should make during the planning process. We recommend you do ample research and narrow down your list as much as possible. Once you do that, you will probably want to know more about them. So, if you are wondering what questions to ask your wedding photographer, worry not; we are here to help!

To make it easier, we have compiled a list of questions you should consider. These will help you determine if the UK wedding photographer you’re eyeing is the right choice for you.

Questions to ask wedding photographer

8 Questions to Ask Wedding Photographer:

Are you available on my wedding date?

You might think this is an obvious question to ask a wedding photographer but trust us. They get booked up to 12-18 months in advance. In your initial inquiry, it would be good to ask if they will be available on the date. Also, be sure to ask how far in advance you are required to secure them with a deposit.

Can I have a look at the full wedding portfolio?

If you’re wondering what to ask your wedding photographer, check out their previous work. To feel the photographer’s work, look through their portfolio. It will tell you if they capture the essence of the day, can manage diverse conditions, and are consistent with their quality and style of work. For us, we regularly post “Real Weddings” on our website so that our couples can get a feel for what they can expect for their own, which we think is very important. 

Do you have Insurance?

This is yet another essential question to ask your wedding photographer. Why? It will have them covered in case of an accident. For example- tripping over their tripod or any other instrument, accidentally bumping into the guest, causing an injury or breaking off their lens. Professional UK wedding photographers must have public liability insurance as well as equipment insurance. Also, many venues require photographers to provide proof of insurance before letting them work on their premises. Therefore, it is safe to ask the photographer if they have the relevant insurance. 

What are the backup plans if you are ill or are caught in an emergency?

For your peace of mind, also ask about the backup plans. Wedding photographers with years of experience would definitely keep a backup plan to meet your demands in the case of an emergency. It is better to ask and clarify your doubts because if the photographer has no plan or simply doesn’t address your concern, it is a red flag.

How much would an additional hour cost?

Plan out your day well ahead of time and ensure your UK wedding photographer is well aware of what needs attention. You should check for the total number of hours you want to include in the full-day coverage. Think about how many hours you will need and communicate it well. Initially, you have booked upon agreeing and finalising the timeline; however, there could be changes in the timelines. For example, a shift in the cocktail hour can slightly change the other festivities scheduled for the day. Therefore, you should check with your photographer in advance for the additional hour. Ideally, we recommend you have the photographer booked for a little later so you don’t feel rushed and stressed to finish everything.

How long after the wedding will I be able to see the photos?

Once the wedding is over, your UK wedding photography will be in post-processing. Your photographer might have taken thousands of photos, which will need editing and cropping, and some will be removed, so you are left with only beautiful ones to craft a memorable love story from the day. The entire process can take anywhere between 2-10 weeks. Therefore, you should check with the photographer because it may take even longer during the peak wedding season.

What is included in your wedding package, and if there are any hidden costs?

It is important to understand the photographer’s pricing structure and what is included in the package. Ask about the number of prints, albums, hours, digital files, and other additional costs included apart from the one they have defined. Having clarity on small details will help you make an informed decision. The best part? It will save you from the end surprise you may get if there are any additional/hidden costs involved.

what questions to ask wedding photographer

Questions to Ask Yourself

As you are meeting your photographer for the first time, here are the questions you need to ask yourself:

  • Did you feel a positive connection with the photographer?
  • Did you like their work?
  • Are you confident and comfortable working with the photographer?
  • Can you trust them for the biggest day of your life?

Lastly, it is always good to go with your gut. If you liked their work and felt confident interacting with them, you may get them booked.

With this, we conclude the crucial questions to ask your wedding photographer before bringing them on board. We hope our article will be of help and you will be able to meet them with confidence. 

Looking for a UK wedding photographer? Let’s connect! As a team of experienced photographers, it would be an honour to help you make endless memories from the most beautiful day of your life.