Your wedding day is something you’ll want to remember for the rest of your life. Luckily, there are plenty of professional photographers ready, willing, and able to capture the memorable moments from your wedding day.

You’ll definitely want a photographer at your wedding to take both formal and candid shots, but picking a wedding photographer can be a bit tricky. After all, you only have one chance to get it right, and that means you need a great wedding photographer. If you’re in the process of picking your wedding photographer, you’ll definitely want to ask them some of the questions below.

1. Are you the photographer who will shoot my wedding?

This might seem like a strange questions, but you’ll want to make sure the person you’re talking to is the actual photographer who will be shooting your wedding. While many wedding photographers own and operate their own businesses, others work for larger studios that assign projects to different photographers depending on their availability. If you’re working with a big studio, make sure to talk with the photographer who will shoot your wedding before the date.

2. What is your primary photography style?

You want to make sure you get the right kind of photos for your wedding day. If you’re having a casual wedding, formal photos might not be best. And if you’re having a fancy gathering, more creative images might not be best. Make sure to get an understanding of your photographer’s style in their own words, that way you can get a sense of how they tackle their art.

3. Do you have a portfolio I can review?

After getting a sense of our photographer’s style, be sure to check out their portfolio to see if their description lines up. If you like what you see, then you know you’ve found a good photographer! And if they hesitate to provide a portfolio, or don’t have one at all, then you know you’re dealing with an amateur.

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4. What photography packages do you offer?

After reviewing your photographer’s previous work, you should ask them about what sorts of packages they offer. Do they have a flat fee for a certain number of photos? Will they take both formal shots and candid photos during your reception? Make sure to discuss the specifics of what you’re looking for, that way you and your photographer are on the same page about your needs.

5. May I have a list of references?

Before deciding on a photographer, you’ll want to talk to some of their previous clients. A professional can present themselves perfectly, but you’ll really get to know how they work by talking to their past clients. If the photographer you’re talking to refuses to provide references, then you’ll definitely want to find someone else.

6. What information do you need before my wedding day?

After deciding on a photographer, you want to be sure they have all the information they need prior to your wedding day. They’ll need to know when and where to arrive to take photos, but some photographers may want more detailed information about your wedding venue. Be prepared to provide floor plans and other pertinent info to your wedding photographer.

7. When will I receive a written contract?

The final thing you’ll need solidified is a written contract outlining the services your wedding photographer will provide. Like any wedding vendor, you want the details in writing, that way both parties know what exactly what services are expected.

If you’re looking for a wedding venue in the Los Angeles area, consider Olympia Banquet Hall. Our event venue offers luxurious accommodations that will fit any budget, helping you have the wedding of your dreams. Contact Olympia Banquet Hall today for more information on booking and availability.

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