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11 Questions Wedding Photographers Should Ask Their Clients

by Waseem Abbas on Mar 9, 2017

Do you want to know what questions you should ask your wedding photography clients? Having a discussion with your clients up front will help you prepare for the wedding day by finalizing all the details. In this guide, we’ll share 11 questions wedding photographers should ask their clients before the ceremony.

What Questions Should Wedding Photographers Ask and Why?

If you run a wedding photography business, you know how important your services are for the for the bride and groom’s big day. They depend a lot on their photographer for capturing their once-in-a-lifetime memories. To make that special day even better, it’s important to ask the right questions to learn about your clients’ expectations.

Here are the questions wedding photographers should ask their clients, and why they’re crucial to ask.

1. What’s your budget for wedding photography?

The first thing that you should ask your client is their budget for your photography services.

Even though it can be awkward to ask, you need to know since the budget will tell you whether you can take up the project or you need to negotiate on it. You should consider several aspects before finalizing the price, including many of the questions below.

If you’re wondering what kind of budget you should be looking for, you can see our post on how much wedding photographers earn.

2. How many photos do you need, both hard copies and digital?

After the budget, this is the second most important question to be asked to the couple. The number of hard and soft copies of the photos will also have a big impact on the budget.

Once you know the budget, you can share the possibilities of the quantity of copies to be provided. It’s smart to give multiple options to the couple and let them decide accordingly.

3. How many guests are invited to the wedding?

You should know a rough count of the guests. This answer will help you in knowing the distribution of your time for the different photos. You will also understand whether you need a co-photographer or not.

For the big weddings, you can use the help of an assistant. It’s a good idea to develop a deal with another wedding photographer to become your second photographer, and then you can help them in their wedding photography project to return the favor.

for big weddings, you can use the help of an assistant

4. What are you expecting from your wedding photographer?

Couples have different expectations from their photographers. The answers you get will vary a lot from client to client.

While this can be a vague question, the answers you get will tell you a lot about what to expect during the ceremony. The couple may talk about their expectations of good quality photos, new ideas for poses and more.

5. Do you have a list of poses?

You can discuess the number of pose ideas for the bride and pose ideas for the groom separately.

Some clients put a lot of thought and research into poses, and you can hear the most crazy ideas. Be patient and finalize a list. We recommend you to make a wedding photoshoot checklist that covers all the poses.

crazy wedding poses

6. Do you want to take solo shots of couple before or after the wedding?

Ask the couple if they want you to take photos of them before the ceremony or afterward. You should have your own schedule and this is one of the important questions wedding photographers should ask their clients.

You should check out the 15 unique and essential wedding photography pose ideas for couples to get ideas for your solo shots.

7. Will there be a coordinator to work with during the ceremony?

A coordinator is someone who can manage the group photos, tell you about the event details, give you the directions about certain moments, and more.

You can ask for a coordinator. It can be someone from the family or friends. Maybe a sibling or close friend of the couple.

8. How many group photos do you need of family, friends, bridesmaids, groomsmen, etc.?

Expect that many guests will ask you to take their group shots. Having a coordinator can help you manage the groups. The family of the bride and groom, friends of the bride and groom, bridesmaids, groomsmen, and any other close family groups should be captured.

A coordinator can also tell you how to prioritize the groups, so you can manage your time accordingly.

9. Do you agree to the wedding photography contract?

You must sign a wedding photography contract with the couple. This contract cover all the details like budget, quantity of printed and soft copies, number of poses, total group photos, and more.

Ask the couple if they agree on the contract or not. Once signed, both the parties should follow it for a successful venture.

10. How did you meet?

Getting to know your clients will help you to know what to expect on the big day. You can ask how they met for the first time, when they fell in love, and other questions.

Having an open discussion about each other will let you and your client know how the project will go for both the parties. This straightforward talk is the key to capture photos with confidence on the big day.

ask how the wedding couple met

11. Will you recommend my services to others and get a discount on your shoot?

A recommendation by someone who already used your services will help to get you more business in the future.

Asking this question last will make your client happy to get more savings on their wedding budget.

That’s all. We hope this guide has helped you to find the questions wedding photographers should ask their clients. You may also want to check out our guide on 11 best wedding photography portfolios for inspiration, or our guide on how to start a WordPress blog to showcase your own portfolio.

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  1. I do n’t think you should ask What’s your budget for wedding photography? as a first question. That is a TURN OFF. First you need to know them and then talk about budget

    1. I disagree that you should hold off on budget questions. Wedding photography is a business. If your fees are significantly higher than the potential client’s able to afford, there’s no use getting to know them.

  2. It is a good guild but you need to know your clients needs on their wedding day and that will make the photographer to know his own budget to make the work done before telling the client the cost..

  3. I think it is very important to ask the budget question up front. If the photographer has a wedding menu that is very helpful. Usually the first thing a client asks is how much do you charge for weddings? And it depends on what the client is looking for and how much they are willing to spend for quality photos. As a photographer I have been asked several times to put together either a book or slide show from a wedding taken by “A Friend” and the photos are terrible. The couple would have been better off with a small budget and a good photographer than a friend with a new camera. Don’t get me wrong friends photos sometimes are great, sometimes. If you want a good album or video hire and pay but don’t over pay either. Your budget should be between $150 – $300 an hour and remember some photographers have an hourly minimum.

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