Questions To Ask Your (Potential) Wedding Photographer | Brei Olivier


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Questions To Ask Your (Potential) Wedding Photographer

So you just got engaged (congrats!) and now you’re on the search for a photographer for your wedding or elopement.

But where do you start? This is probably the first time you’ve been through the process of hiring a photographer & it’s completely understandable that you’re not sure what exactly to look for when hiring a professional photographer… So here are a few things you need to ask on your consultations, from a professional photographer.

  1. Will you be the photographer photographing my wedding day?
  2. Does your camera shoot with two memory cards simultaneously?
  3. Consider their email response time.
  4. Can you tell me about your shooting style and how you approach weddings?

Let’s go into each of these topics.

You ask: “Will you be the photographer photographing my wedding?”

You can ask further questions on this topic, such as:

Couple stands in front of Marigny Opera House on their wedding day. Photo taken by New Orleans photographer Brei Olivier.

You ask: “Does your camera shoot and save to two memory card slots simultaneously?”

The reason: It is in your best interest to hire a photographer whose camera has two memory card slots that simultaneously recording photos to two separate memory cards as they are taken. Why? Because memory cards fail more often than you’d probably imagine. If your photographer’s camera only has one memory card slot and that card fails… there go all of your photos. They also need to carry at least one backup camera and an extra lens to your wedding. A good rule is two memory cards (per camera), two cameras, two lenses. At minimum.

This isn’t something you need to ask directly, but something you need to consider:

the photographer should be timely in responding to your emails. This is not an excuse for you to be crazy + demanding, and please don’t bombard them with an email every 10 minutes, but you shouldn’t have to hunt your photog down to get a response out of them.

You ask: “Can you tell me about your shooting style and how you approach photographing weddings?”

The reason: It’s important to make sure your personalities, style, and expectations are compatible. If you’re a free-spirited, offbeat, eclectic couple who prefers candid & spirited imagery… but a photographer you’re considering is ultra-traditional with lots of posing and direction… you should reconsider and search for someone more your style.

A little about me

My name is Brei and I’m an intimate wedding and elopement photographer in New Orleans. I love helping couples create an amazing wedding or elopement experience then being there to photograph it all. Over the years I’ve learned many things I can share with couples, and since it’s impossible with me to work with everyone (I wish!), I enjoy sharing tips and inspiration here on my blog. I hope you’ve enjoyed it, and if you’d like more, visit my website HERE!

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