Assuming you like their style and their pricing fits into your budget, what now?
Here are a few things I would suggest asking to your photographer before booking them for your wedding day!
Do we get the digital images with your package? Or do we have to purchase our photos through you? Ask this so you know all the costs up front! Knowing if you have to purchase images through your photographer, that will increase your costs.
How long have you been photographing weddings or how many weddings have you photographed? Wedding photography isn't easy. Hiring a photographer with day-of experience is crucial! They will be able to handle anything that comes up if they've been doing it for longer.
How involved do you like to be in helping plan a timeline, and how involved do you like to be the day of? Will we meet to discuss the wedding? Have a phone call? Depending on your comfort level, this is good to know how involved a photographer likes to be in the planning stage and how much they would like to control/suggest timelines.
How do you handle family photos? It doesn't matter how awesome your family is, this tends to be the most stressful part of the day. Knowing how they handle this part of the day will say a lot about their organization and management style.
Have you ever shot at (insert venue here) before? It's not necessary that they have shot at your location before but if you are between two, a bit of experience with a certain location might put them over the top.
Can we see a full wedding gallery from a recent shoot? Photographers are great at posting the highlight reel on their website and social media but to be able to see exactly what you would get is ideal! You might love all their photos they posted but aren't a fan of how they shoot the reception or family photos. It's good to know what you are getting for your money!
Do you have a contract for us to sign? This helps protect the photographer and you for the wedding day! I've heard nightmares of stories about photographers backing out last minute or not delivering photos from part of the day. Having a contract is a great idea to make sure you are safe!
How comfortable are you with posing? Or do you prefer more candid photos? If so, how do you capture the candid images? Most people (unless you are a model) are uncomfortable in front of a camera. Knowing their ability to pose or create candid moments may be important to you!
What's your turnaround time? This might not be important to you but I know some couples like to be able to see their wedding album sooner rather than later! I have a speedy turnaround time of a month but most photographers sit around 3 months.
What do you require for a deposit? If you are going to book them, ask how much they want down to secure the date!
Here are just a few ideas to get you started! Every couple is different and there are no stupid questions so ask away!