Professional photography can take a big bite out of your budget, so getting a feel of what you’re getting into can make clicking that online ‘book’ button a little less stressful.
So, here’s our list of the 6 most important questions to ask your prospective photographer.
- What’s included in the cost?
Most photographers offer packages (we, for example, offer 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7-hour packages depending on what you’re shooting). But you won’t always find every package detail on a website, so we’d recommend asking to fill in the gaps.
- Overtime charges
- Photography assistants
- Travel expenses
Accidents happen to the best of us. While you can expect most established photographers to be insured, always make sure they are, or you can risk getting into legal trouble.
- Where can I see your portfolio?
Firstly, this question will help you determine if a photographer has experience; if they don’t have a solid portfolio (or don’t have one at all), it might be best to keep on searching.
Secondly, a photographer’s portfolio can tell you a lot about the photos you can expect to get. And it can help you determine if they’re the right fit in terms of aesthetic style, shoot and style flexibility, and experience.
- What’s the licencing like?
Generally, you can use the photos you receive however you intended, but expect a photographer to retain the creative copyright of the works.
But in the interest of appeasing both parties, you should discuss the licensing details so each of you knows how the other will use the photos.
- How soon can I expect the photos?
While a photo shoot may only go for a couple of hours, the editing process can take days or sometimes even weeks, depending on the photographer and how many photos were taken.
So make sure to ask about turnaround times, especially if you need those photographs before a certain date.
- What’s your rescheduling/cancellation policy?
As in the case of insurance, expect the unexpected. So you’ll want to know how easy (or hard) it is to reschedule or cancel a shoot and fees you might expect.
The answers will help you compare your candidates and find the right photographer or photography company for you.
And if you want to ask us any of the above questions, feel free to contact us.