Choosing a wedding or event photographer can be an overwhelming task, especially given the number of wonderful photographers available.
Here are some basic questions you should ask at your initial appointment:
Will he/she be the actual photographer taking the photos at your wedding?
What style does he/she specialize in?
How long has he/she been shooting weddings?
Does he/she shoot in mostly color, black and white, or both?
Does he/she shoot digital or film? 35mm or medium format?
What type of camera will he/she use, and what type of backup equipment is available in case of a problem?
Does he/she use an assistant? Is there an extra charge for this? What type of
experience does the assistant have?
What happens if he/she is ill or unable to make it to the event?Can other people take photos while he/she is taking photos?
Has he/she worked at your event location before? Should your event last longer than scheduled, will he/she stay? What is the extra charge?
How many photos come in each package?
Is an album included in the package? How many photos will be in the completed album?
If he/she is providing you with a CD of images, what will the resolution be of the images? Does the CD include reprint rights?
Will he/she accept of list from you for specific photos to be taken?
What will he/she wear?
How long after the event will the proofs be ready? How long will it take to receive the completed album?You can read more about choosing the perfect photographer in Popular Photography Magazine.