Ultimate Questions You Need To Ask Your Wedding Photographer

Finding the right wedding photographer is crucial. So, asking the right questions helps you choose a professional who can take amazing pictures of your big day. Here are some key questions for a wedding photographer:

Quinta Pinhal das Confreirias, Venue | Almargem do Bispo, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings


“Is our wedding date available in your schedule?” Ask this question to confirm whether the photographer is free on your special day or not.

“Do you have other weddings around the same time?” Seeing how busy they are during that period can indicate their availability and workload.

“Do you have any other commitments or events on the same day as our wedding?” Checking the photographer’s availability avoids potential problems.

“Can you save our wedding date for a bit while we decide?” Some photographers might let you reserve a date temporarily, allowing you time to decide without the risk of someone else booking the date.

Quinta do David, Venue | Palmela, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings
Quinta da Suratesta, Venue | Beja, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings

Portfolio and Style

“Can I see a whole wedding album you have done before?” The album demonstrates the photographer’s skills, consistency in capturing different moments, and their background choice for photos during the wedding.

“Why do you like taking pictures at weddings?” Knowing what they love helps you understand what makes their style unique.

“Can you tell me about some special moments or pictures you enjoy capturing at weddings?” This question lets you see if the moments they love capturing match with the type of photos you want for your wedding day.

“How would you describe your photography style when taking pictures?” Find a style that fits what you have in mind for your wedding. Some photographers like traditional and posed pictures, while others prefer natural and documentary-style shots.

“How do you take pictures of natural moments and feelings during a wedding?” Sometimes, the best memories are the ones that just happen naturally.

Quinta das Riscas, Venue | Montijo, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings
Quinta do David, Venue | Palmela, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings


“How many weddings have you photographed, and for how long have you been in the business?” This question helps you understand the photographer’s overall experience.

“Do you have experience shooting weddings similar to ours in terms of size and style?” This helps you see if they know about the kind of wedding you want.

“Have you worked at our wedding venue before, or are you familiar with similar locations?” If they have worked in a place like yours before, they might have cool ideas about where to take pictures and what lighting works best.

“Did you face any challenges or issues during the wedding, and how did you fix them?” Check if the photographer is good at dealing with unexpected situations and if they are quick to solve problems before they become big issues.

“How do you handle different lighting conditions, both indoors and outdoors?” A skilled photographer can take excellent photos anywhere, during the day or night, by managing different types of lighting.

“Have you worked before on weddings that had special cultural or religious traditions?” If your wedding involves special cultural or religious traditions, make sure the photographer knows how to document these moments respectfully and accurately.

Destination Wedding | Birmingham, UK | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings
Destination Wedding | Birmingham, UK | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings


“Could you tell us the names of other couples you have worked with before? I would love to hear what they thought about working with you.” Speaking to those who hired the photographer before can tell you how well they have been doing recently.

“How did the couples you worked with feel about the whole experience?” Ask if they can share the overall experience of other couples, so you can hear what people liked about their photos and service.

“How do you handle negative reviews or feedback?” It’s important to see how a photographer deals with challenges and solves client problems, showing you how professional and committed they are.

“Are there online reviews about your work available?” This can give you an idea about how good the photographer is and if people are happy with their work.

“Do you have an online portfolio or website where we can view your past work?” Often includes not only their best work but also may have client reviews.

Quinta da Suratesta, Venue | Beja, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings
Quinta da Suratesta, Venue | Beja, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings

Packages and Pricing

“What is included in each package?” Make sure you know exactly what is included in each package, like hours of coverage, engagement sessions, a second photographer, or a photo album.

“How many hours of coverage are included, and what happens if we need additional time?” Ask how you can extend coverage if needed, and the price to avoid unexpected charges on your wedding day.

“Can I make changes to a package to match what I need?” See if the photographer lets you choose what you want in your package, so you only pay for what you need.

“Are there any additional or hidden costs?” Clarify whether there are any extra charges beyond the package price or not. This might include travel fees, staying longer than planned, or costs for additional edits or prints.

“When do we need to pay, and how much each time?” Ask when you need to pay the deposit, when the last payment is due, and if there are any instalment options available.

Moinho da Praia, Venue | Samouco, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings
Quinta do Careto, Venue | Beja, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings

Contract and Rights

“Do you offer a contract?” Always have a written contract that outlines the terms and conditions of the agreement.

“What is included in the contract?” Ask the photographer to explain the contract in detail. Understand what services they will provide, what you will get, and if there are any extra services or fees you should know about.

“Who owns the rights to the photos?” Clarify whether you will have the rights to share and use the photos for yourself, or if the photographer keeps these rights.

“Are there any restrictions on how the photos can be used?” Some photographers might say you can’t use them for business, sell them, or enter them into contests.

“How long will the photographer keep the photos on file?” Ask in case you lose the photos or want more copies later on.

Quinta do David, Venue | Palmela, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings
Quinta Palacio dos Antonios, Venue | Aroeira, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings

Backup Plan

“What happens if you can’t make it to our wedding?” Ensure the photographer has a backup plan in case of personal emergencies or unexpected problems.

“Do you have a backup photographer available in case of an emergency?” Confirm whether the photographer has a backup photographer if needed, or not.

“How do you ensure our photos are safe, and do you have copies just in case?” Make sure they have a plan to save your pictures in case something goes wrong with their equipment or other unexpected problems.

“Can you tell us about a time when your backup plan had to be used? What happened?” Sometimes, asking a photographer about a real wedding they worked on helps you see how ready and professional they are.

“Do you have a plan if the weather is different on our wedding day?” Make sure the photographer has plans for any weather surprise changes, especially rain or hot weather.

Quinta de São Miguel, Venue | Palmela, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings
Quinta de São Miguel, Venue | Palmela, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings

Editing and Delivery

“How long will it take to receive the edited photos?” Find out when your edited photos will be ready, so you can plan what to do next, like sharing or printing photos.

“Can we request specific edits or adjustments to the photos?” Check if the photographer is cool with it, so you can add your personal touch and be happy with the final results.

“What is your editing style, and can we see examples of past edited weddings?” Ask for examples to ensure that their style matches what you like and the overall feel you want for your wedding photos.

“In what format will the final photos be delivered?” Whether they will be digital, printed, or both. This also helps you plan how to use and share your wedding pictures.

“Do you provide both colour and black-and-white versions of the photos?” Knowing this beforehand helps you choose the best style for each photo.

“How many photos can we expect to receive?” This helps you know what to expect from the photographer.

“Do you have any retouching or enhancement techniques?” Understand how photographers make photos look nicer using special techniques, so you can feel comfortable with the changes made to your images.

“Do you use professional photo editing software, and can you describe your process?” Knowing what software the photographer uses and how they edit, you can see how much effort and skill they have.

Sesimbra Natura Park, Venue | Sesimbra, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings
Quinta do David, Venue | Palmela, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings


“Do you have backup equipment in case of technical issues?” Confirm if the photographer brings spare cameras, lenses, and other essential gear in case something technical goes wrong during the event.

“What type of camera do you use?” This question helps you know how good the camera is.

“Will you bring additional equipment?” Sometimes, depending on where and when the wedding is happening, the photographer might use special tools like tripods for steadiness or extra lights like flashes or softboxes for better light.

“What lenses do you typically use?” Knowing which lenses a photographer uses can show you the different kinds of pictures you will get in your final collection.

Quinta Nossa Senhora Auxiliadora, Venue | São Domingos de Rana, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings
Quinta A Lendária, Venue | Barreiro, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings

Coverage Details

“Will there be a second photographer or assistant?” Having another photographer is great to take more pictures from different angles, especially if your wedding is big or if you are getting ready in different places.

“Can we customise the coverage to focus on specific moments or events?” Make sure the photographer is okay with adjusting their plans to match what you like.

Quinta das Façalvas, Venue | Palmela, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings
Quinta dos Sonhos | Sesimbra, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings

Engagement Session

“Do we get engagement photos included with the package?” Check if the deal comes with an engagement session because they are awesome for getting used to your photographer before the wedding day.

“How long will the engagement session last?” Clarify the duration of the engagement session, so you can make the most of the session without feeling rushed.

“Can we choose the location for the engagement session?” It could be a place that means a lot to you or just somewhere you like.

“What should we wear or bring for the engagement session?” Knowing what clothes and accessories the photographer suggests can make your engagement photos look even better.

“How will the engagement photos be used?” Whether it’s for cards, invitations, or just to enjoy, tell the photographer so they can make sure the photos suit your needs. Some photographers might also use them on their website or for advertising.

“When will we receive the edited engagement photos?” Knowing this helps you figure out when to share them.

Engagement Session | Cambridge, UK | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings
Engagement Session | Cambridge, UK | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings

Timeline and Logistics

“What’s the process for group and family photos?” Check the photographer’s plans. Being organised ensures that everyone is included.

“How do you make your photos match the wedding schedule?” This helps you make sure they capture all the important moments without problems.

“How do you capture specific moments during the day?” Discuss their strategy for the most important events, like ceremonies, speeches, or first dance, so everyone is on the same page.

“How often do you take breaks or rest during a wedding?” Know when the photographer needs breaks to make sure there’s enough time for taking important photos.

“Do you need a shot list, or do you prefer to work more spontaneously?” Some photographers like having a list of specific photos to take, while others enjoy capturing moments as they happen.

“Can you tell us the best time for photo sessions during our wedding?” Knowing the best time for pictures, like when to take photos together or in groups, we can use the sunlight well and everyone can be relaxed and ready.

“What happens if things don’t go as planned or if the schedule gets delayed?” Check if the photographer can go with the flow and handle changes or delays easily.

“Will you visit the venue in advance to plan for the best spots for pictures?” If they haven’t been there, ask if they plan to visit first.

“Do you coordinate with other vendors, such as the videographer or wedding planner, to ensure everything goes smoothly?” Collaboration with other vendors is key for a more organised and stress-free celebration.

“What information do you need from us to create a photography timeline?” Tell the photographer about your wedding day plan, like when and where important things will happen.

Quinta do David, Venue | Palmela, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings

Cancellation and Refund Policy

“What happens if we need to cancel, and are there any additional costs?” Know how much time you need to tell them before cancelling and if there are any charges for cancelling. Some photographers might charge more if cancellation is close to the wedding date.

“Is the initial deposit refundable?” Sometimes, photographers ask for a payment to reserve the date, and it might not be refundable.

“What happens if we need to reschedule the wedding?” Find out if there are extra charges or if they can easily move to the new date without problems.

“How much notice do you need for cancellation or rescheduling without additional fees?” Some photographers might have rules about when you can cancel and if there are any fees.

“In what situations are refunds provided, and how much is refunded?” Ask when they give the money back and how much, depending on when and why you cancel.

Quinta das Riscas, Venue | Montijo, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings
Quinta das Riscas, Venue | Montijo, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings

Attire and Professionalism

“What will you wear to our wedding?” Make sure the photographer’s clothes match your fancy or casual wedding.

“What do you typically wear when photographing weddings?” It helps make sure they will fit in perfectly with your wedding’s style.

“Do you have a dress code or do you adjust based on the wedding theme?” Knowing if the photographer follows a specific outfit or adapts to the wedding theme makes sure they dress appropriately for the day.

“How do you ensure professionalism during the event?” It’s important because it helps keep a good and respectful vibe during the celebration.

Quinta Mira Tejo, Venue | Monte da Caparica, Portugal | Photo by PEDIPortugal Weddings

Asking these questions will help you get a comprehensive understanding of the photographer’s overall experience, style, and how they approach wedding photography. Also, it’s important to establish clear communication and feel confident in choosing the photographer for your special day.

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