7 Questions You Should Ask Your Wedding Photographer

Choosing a photographer for weddings or engagement photos can be a very difficult task. Once you get wrapped up in the tornado of incoming information, there are some important questions you may forget to ask. These are some of the questions you should add to your list if you have not done so already, especially if you are considering creating canvas prints from your images. We have also included some amazing customer submitted wedding photos from the Canvas on Demand testimonials page.
 
Note: It’s very important you do not jump to judgement based on a photographer’s answer to these questions. Each photographer is different and has their reasons for how their services are set up. The point is to make sure you hire the photographer that is right for you.

 


 
1. Do you have a contract I can view?
 
This may sound like common sense but a lot couples don’t think to ask. This can be disastrous and we highly recommend avoiding the idea to work without one. You should be sure to ask all the questions below and follow up to make sure the language in the contract matches the answers you get.
 

 
2. Who owns the rights to my images?
 
All photographers work differently and there is not one answer to this question. So you have to ask and follow up with the language in the contract you sign. Some photographers will ask to retain rights to use your images in promotional materials like advertisements for their services or their portfolio. Others will give you all the rights to the photos and their end uses. The answer to this question determines if you will be able to create reprints whenever you want as well as who will be viewing them.
 

 
3. Do I get full resolution versions of my images?
 
This will be the most important question when creating reprints. If you do not receive full resolution copies of your images, you will not be able to print large versions of the images. Some photographers want to ensure they provide they highest quality reprints so they will require you to go through them to purchase prints. Also keep in mind that full resolution images can have a very large file size and show a lot of detail. Therefore they will need to be edited and stored which may require an extra cost to hand them over.
 

 
4. How do I receive the final photos?
 
There are numerous ways this can be handled. CD’s, external hard drives, flash drives, and online galleries are all examples of great ways to hold on to digital copies. You should also ask how the photographer backs up the images. This will be invaluable if your copies are ever lost, stolen, or damaged.
 

 
5. Do I get access to all of the images from the wedding?
 
Just because you paid the photographer to take pictures does not mean he or she is required to turn over all the images they take. Some photographers only turn over a curated collection of edited images and others will turn over everything. Again, the decision to not turn over all images is not an indication of deceptiveness. Photographers can easily take 1000 images at a a wedding. Trust your photographer to provide you with the best they have. But if you feel you want to view all of the images, make sure you ask if that is possible.
 


 
6. Can other people take photos while you are taking photos?
 
Everybody has a camera phone and amateur photography is constantly becoming more popular. There are even great ways to share photos from your guests with mobile apps like WedPics. Accommodating guests is important, but your photographer has a job to do. They can’t be held responsible for getting the best shots if they have to keep asking guests to move out of the way. Make sure you address the situation with your wedding planner and photographer early on so they can work together to care of this without a conflict with wedding guests. Retouching photos to remove guests is sometimes possible too.
 


 
7. How long does it take to receive my photos?
 
The editing process can be very time consuming and patience is just as important as accountability. A seasoned photographer will know how much time it takes to get the images ready and will have no problem communicating any delays that may keep them from meeting that deadline.