Questions to ask my wedding photographer by Allyson VinZant Events


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Elizabeth Messina

If you’re engaged or just got married recently, you’ll know that being a bride is kind of a crazy experience. Unless you’re a professional events planner, being a bride is basically like showing up on your first day of work without any prior experience in your field whatsoever. Chances are, you’ve never planned an event on this scale, and you (hopefully) never will do this again. This makes knowing whether or not you’re doing a good job very hard!

Luckily, the interwebs is a great source for wedding planning information, so you won’t be flying completely blind! One such great resource is the blog of Allyson VinZant Events; the company blog of a professional wedding planner that is loaded  with great information. Allyson has an extremely helpful series for brides which highlights all the questions you should ask your vendors before you say “I Do” to hiring them. It’s a must-read for every recently engaged gal, and we’d love to share some tidbits from Allyson’s blog with you today: questions to ask your wedding photographer!

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 Photo: Ciara Richardson

 So what do you think brides — super helpful right? We’d definitely recommend pinning this to your wedding Pinterest board for future reference. I’m sure photographer interviews are coming up soon for those of you who just got engaged this holiday season, and we hope this comes in handy! Are you a photographer or recently married bride? What questions did we miss on this list?

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  1. Great list and very important questions, well done.
    Two things I would have added are,
    1. Do you have a standard wedding contact?
    2. Are you insured to cover errors or accidents as a result of your work on the day.

    • Glad you liked the list, Graham. We think it’s a great resource for a couple to have before they speak to a potential wedding photographer. And the 2 suggestions you have for additions are also great! Thanks for sharing those.

  2. OMG, some of those questions are ridiculous – I hate lists like this! Don’t get me wrong, helping educate people who have never done this before is commendable, but suggesting brides provide a shot list to a professional photographer is akin to a man in the street suggesting football tactics to a premier league club. Admittedly there will be ‘Conference League’ photographers who might benefit from some prior planning assistance even from an amateur, but any photographer worth their salt will not appreciate a list of shots to help them do something they do every week! Request some specific shots you’d like by all means, but come on guys – if you are going to offer advice, make sure it is good advice.

    • Billy on | Reply

      AGREED! When brides come to me with anything close to a list like this I immediately red flag them and suggest they go with someone else. This may seem like “advice” but I have to agree with Cheshire that it isn’t good advice.

  3. Jason M on | Reply

    This list is completely ridiculous and shows why you are not a photographer… Leave the photography to the professionals and keep your nonsense to yourself

  4. I appreciate your willingness to help couples. As a photographer, some of these questons may appear too obvious, but nevertheless, there’s never a stupid question; the more, the merrier. However, I have an issue with the recommendation that comes after question 3; if you’re photographer is shooting more than one wedding in one day, you definitely don’t want to work with her/him, no matter how much time there’s in between weddings. Photographing a wedding requires much energy, physical and emotional, and your photographer better focus on your wedding only during your special day.

  5. Although some people here may think these questions are ridiculous (especially the photographers in the bunch) however I believe that some of them are helpful. Everyone should know what the photographers cancellation policy is, and having a list like this will ensure that the bride and groom don’t forget to ask. That is just one example however there are questions on here that should be asked. And let’s face it, planning a wedding takes alot of planning and resources. It is not a bad idea to have tools like this to remind you of some very important questions. Take some of these questions with a “dash of salt”, but use the important ones and do your due diligence in all of your wedding planning. Thanks!

  6. corporate photography on | Reply

    Its Great post and useful to me.Thanks for posting.