It’s highly recommended that couples invest in an engagement photo session. Not only will you end up with gorgeous photos from this exciting time in your life (that you can use for your wedding website and save-the-dates!). It also gives you an opportunity to get comfortable in front of the camera. If you’re in the process of finding a local engagement photographer, here are the questions you’ll want to ask before signing the contract!
How long have you been in the business? How many engagement sessions have you shot?
It’s always a good idea to get an idea of the photographer’s experience and background.
How would you describe your photography style?
Ideally, you’ve already looked at their portfolio, which will give you a sense of their style. However, it’s not a bad idea to ask this question to get a better sense of their aesthetic.
Do you shoot weddings, as well? Are you available for our wedding date?
Many couples will choose to use the same photographer (or photography team) for both their engagement session and their actual wedding. This is a great idea, as it gives you a bit more of a chance to get to know each other, and for you to understand the working style of your photographer. They’ll be with you during the most intimate moments of your celebration, so you’ll want to feel comfortable around them! If you’re using the same photographer for your wedding and your engagement session, here is a list of wedding-specific questions to ask!
What is your rate? What exactly does this rate include?
You’ll want to have a very clear idea of their rate and what exactly that rate includes. Some photographers will include multiple looks/locations, prints, additional editing, or other perks in their rate, while others will require an additional fee for certain services or additions to the session. Get a clear idea of how much everything that you need will cost to make sure it all fits within your budget.
Do you require a deposit?
Photographers will typically require a deposit when signing the contract.
Do you have any location recommendations?
While you may have your own ideas for places to take your engagement photos, a good engagement photographer will have a few local go-to places that work perfectly as photo backdrops.
Can we give you a list of some of the shots we want?
You’ll want to trust the photographer’s expertise – they’ll know how to get some gorgeous shots! That said, if there are any specific shots you want to get, you’ll want to work with a photographer who is flexible and open to your suggestions.
How long after the session can we expect proofs and the final edits? How will they be delivered to us?
It’s a good idea to know exactly when to expect your photos, especially if you’ll be using your photos for your save-the-dates. This turnaround timeframe should also be clearly stated in your contract.
What do you do in the case of inclement weather? What if you’re unable to make it to our session?
If the weather isn’t on your side the day of the shoot, you’ll need to have a plan B. The same goes if the photographer gets sick or has an emergency. For many photographers, this will mean rescheduling your session for another date. You’ll want to make sure these details are in your contract.
Can we see a portfolio of your work?
If you haven’t had a chance to look at their portfolio, you’ll want to do so before signing any contract. A portfolio will help you get a better sense of their shooting and editing style.
Do you have any references?
References will help you get a better look into what it is like working with this photographer.
If you are in the process of planning your wedding, come to the next Georgia Bridal Show near you. You will have the chance to meet with professional wedding vendors of all talents who can help bring your vision to life!