If you shoot film, do you usually shoot in both color and black and white? If you'll do both, what percentage of each do you recommend?
How many hours of coverage do we get? What is the charge for overtime?
Will you be my actual photographer, or will it be one of your associates?
Do you have backup photographers who will shoot the wedding if you're sick?
Will there be a second shooter or any assistants? Is there an additional fee for each (if applicable)?
Why do you like to photograph weddings?
Love is beautiful. This question helps you to gauge who your photographer is as a person and artist. Take stock of the person's passion and energy. Does he/she seem enthusiastic or kind of flat? People who love what they do have a tendency to be very good at what they do and working with them is always more enjoyable and fun.
Also, knowing a little about what makes the person tick is a good way to feel out what kind of a personality "fit" you may share with the photographer. After all, you will be spending an entire day with your photographer, so do what you can to be sure the person you pick will be genuinely excited to be there and pleasant throughout that day.
What do you and your assistants wear to weddings?
What style(s) do you specialize in?
How do you coordinate with my videographer? How do you envision working together?
How many weddings do you do a weekend?
Have you ever shot at my venue(s) before?
There is a good chance that I have shot at your venue or somewhere similar. I am really inspired by new places and can always accommodate a site visit or arriving early to do a walk through day of. The light changes all the time and even the same venue will photograph differently depending on the season. With that in mind, I'm always looking for the most flattering light for the portraits and I
Will you follow a shot list? Or do you prefer to have free reign to capture the festivities how you see fit?
Why you want to know: Most photographers will welcome a (short) shot list to make sure you get the specific pics you want. But don't overwhelm them with hundreds of requests -- if you hire a good pro, you're hiring them for their eye as well as their experience creating amazing albums. Let them do their job!
What type of paper will you use for the prints and album?
What are the restrictions for sharing photos online or for publication? Do you own the copyright to the photos?
Do you bring your own lighting?
What will you wear?
How would you describe your working style?
How would you describe your photography style?
How far in advance do I need to book with you?
If my wedding site is out of your area, do you charge a travel fee and what does that cover?
How do I book you and reserve my date?
Do you have photos of entire weddings that I can see?
Do you post the proofs online, or will I receive negatives?
Yes, the Proofs will all be posted online to my Proofing Site, Once available, guests will be able to order prints or download full image files if they'd rather not buy anything. My goal if for the photos to be as accessible as possible.
How many pictures will you take?
What do you charge for overtime?