Your wedding is a very special night, one of the most important of your life. You will be so busy trying to make sure you do everything right, from the vows, to the first dance, to making your way around the reception to thank everyone for attending the night will end up being a blur in your memory. In the end, my wife and I found out the only way we knew half the things that happened at our wedding reception was from the photos taken by our friends and our wedding photographer. There were photos of events that neither of us had noticed at the event. Group photos of friends of ours that after the wedding we never saw together again. These are memories we will never forget, and luckily for us we had them because we interviewed several photographers until we found one that met our wishes.
There are several things we felt were important to ask our photographer. The first one was very simple, it was to see some of the photos of previous weddings he had done. We were looking at the quality also, but wanted to get a feel for if the photographer was experienced in weddings of a similar size as ours as well as the same style as far as the top of reception we had planned. The next question we wanted to have answered was if we could have the negatives for reproductions. Another question that we felt was very important to find the answer to was if the photographer we were meeting with would be the one doing the event and if they would have any assistants at the event as well. In our case we found out we would have the photographer we were interviewing as well as an assistant. The assistant ended up being very helpful to us sort of reminding us during the evening as to what photographs should come next in the evening and helping communicate between ourselves and the disc jockey for our reception to relay the schedule.
To go along with that, one of the other questions we asked is if the photographer had any working relationships with disc jockeys or caterers that they recommend we use. Our photographer did not have any that he worked with in a group arrangement with, but did say he had worked with our disc jockey at other weddings and they were familiar with each other. As mentioned above with the issue of relaying schedule needs this came in handy. We also asked our photographer for the types of shots he would recommend during the reception. This question was asked for two reasons. We had ideas of some we wanted and were trying to see if we thought along the same line with our potential photographer, it was also to get ideas for photos we had not thought of.
Finally we asked the questions we categorized as clerical ones. These included cancellation policies, how much of the day the photographer would take photos of (such as the bridal party preparing, photos before the ceremony, how long they would remain at the reception, etc), costs of packages, costs for extra photographs, albums, etc. In the end, remember you are interviewing your photographer for what is the start of your life together with your spouse, you want to have quality photos to remember the night. The more questions you ask, the less questions you will have in the back of your mind after the interview when you have to make your decision. Choosing a photographer for your wedding is not something you should be fearful of, but at the same time you should be well prepared for to aid you in making the right decision.