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  • Writer's pictureLori Benson

Avoid These Wedding Photographer Questions

Planning a wedding is an exhilarating and overwhelming experience. Amidst the flurry of decisions, one crucial aspect stands out - capturing the essence of your special day through stunning photographs. But here's the catch: not all wedding photographers are created equal. As you embark on the quest to find the perfect photographer, steer clear of certain questions that can send alarm bells ringing.

Alysa + Alex at Brookdale Farms in Eureka, Missouri


Question #1: How much is your cheapest package?

While it may be tempting to search for a photographer solely based on their pricing, it’s important to remember that wedding photography is an investment. The skill, experience, and artistry that go into capturing your special day should not be overlooked or undervalued. By solely focusing on the cheapest package, you risk potentially compromising the quality of your photos and the overall experience.

When you ask a photographer about their cheapest package, you may inadvertently communicate that you prioritize price over the photographer's expertise and ability to capture the essence of your wedding day. Instead, try shifting your question to understand what is included in each package and how the photographer can tailor their services to meet your specific needs and budget.

Jessyca and Caelan at Riverbend Chapel in Washington, Missouri


Question #2: Can you do the same style as this popular Instagram account?

When seeking out a wedding photographer, it's natural to want to find someone who can capture your special day in a style that reflects your personal taste. With social media platforms like Instagram, it's common for couples to come across popular accounts featuring stunning wedding photography and be inspired by the aesthetic.

Instead of asking if the photographer can mimic a particular style, a more effective approach would be to ask them about their own photography style and how they can tailor their services to meet your preferences. By discussing their approach, and portfolio, and understanding their ability to adapt and customize their work, you'll gain a better understanding of how they can capture your wedding day in a way that aligns with your vision.

Shandrika and Zac at The Cottage in Hermann, Missouri


Question #3: Do you provide RAW files?

RAW files are essentially the unprocessed, untouched versions of your images straight from the camera's sensor. They contain a wealth of information and provide photographers with greater latitude in editing and perfecting the final images. Some photographers may be open to providing RAW files as part of their package, while others may not offer this option.

The decision to provide RAW files can depend on various factors, such as the photographer's editing style, their professional preference, and the level of trust they have in allowing clients to handle their unedited work. It's essential to have a clear conversation with your photographer about their stance on RAW files and if it aligns with your expectations.

Jana + Travis at The Atrium on Tenth in Columbia, Missouri

Question #4: Will you Photoshop us to look perfect?

While Photoshop can work wonders, it's important to remember that it should enhance, not alter reality. A skilled photographer will use editing techniques to enhance your images subtly, ensuring that they reflect the emotions and atmosphere of your special day. They will know how to correct small imperfections, adjust lighting and colors, and bring out the best in every image without compromising the genuine moments that make your wedding unique.

While the idea of being Photoshopped to perfection may sound tempting, make sure you understand what this question implies and what it means for your wedding photos. Asking whether the photographer will Photoshop you to look perfect opens a conversation about their editing techniques and how they approach retouching.

Some photographers may have a light touch when it comes to post-processing. They may focus on enhancing natural beauty, ensuring that your images capture the authenticity of the moment while still adding a touch of polish. Others may have a more extensive editing process, using a variety of techniques to create a more stylized or glamorous look. Find a photographer whose editing style aligns with your preferences and vision for your wedding photos.

Caitlin + Luke at the Main Street Abbey in Columbia, Illinois


Question #5: Can you guarantee that the photos will be ready within a week?

It's important to remember that quality takes time. While you may be eager to relive your special day through the photos, rushing the editing process can compromise the overall outcome. A photographer who prioritizes delivering the highest quality work may have a longer turnaround time, but the wait will likely be worth it.

But if you are set on wanting a quick turnaround time, make sure you understand the photographer's expected timeline for delivering the final product. This will manage your expectations and not leave you disappointed.  If you have a specific deadline in mind, such as sharing the photos with family and friends at a reception or creating thank-you cards, communicate this to the photographer early on.

Asking about the timeline for receiving your wedding photos also provides an opportunity to discuss any potential rush options or additional fees for expedited delivery.

Breanna + Brian at their home in Centralia, Missouri


When it comes to hiring a wedding photographer, asking the wrong questions can lead to disappointment and a less-than-stellar experience. Instead, focus on finding a photographer who understands and aligns with your vision, communicates effectively, and showcases a portfolio that speaks to your heart. Remember, your wedding photos are not just snapshots; they are cherished keepsakes that will immortalize the magic of your special day. Choose wisely and invest in a professional who will capture the essence and beauty of every moment. So, make your inquiries count and ask questions that truly matter. Start your search now and let your wedding day be the timeless masterpiece it deserves to be.

Kylee & Zachary at Kylee's family home in Centralia, Missouri

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