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  • Writer's pictureLori Benson

The Ultimate Wedding Photographer Interview Guide: 7 Questions to Ask for Picture-Perfect Memories

Updated: Aug 28, 2023

We are continuing ahead, and for me, this is the most crucial question you ask after Question 1.

Question 3: How do you handle difficult lighting and other difficult situations?

With a sense of the photographer's style and their ability to handle difficult lighting situations, you can move on to the next important question: How do they handle difficult lighting situations? Lighting can greatly impact the overall quality of your wedding photos, so it's essential to know how your photographer will handle challenging lighting scenarios.

Golden hour backlit moment

A skilled wedding photographer should be able to adapt to various lighting conditions, whether it's a dimly lit indoor venue, a bright outdoor setting, or a combination of both throughout the day. They should be comfortable working with natural light, as well as artificial lighting sources such as flash or studio lighting setups.

Ask the photographer about their experience dealing with different lighting situations and how they overcome potential challenges. Do they have a portfolio that showcases their ability to capture beautiful images in challenging lighting conditions? Are they familiar with using different lighting techniques to create the desired mood and atmosphere for your wedding photos?

Furthermore, inquire about their equipment and whether they have the necessary tools to handle difficult lighting situations. A professional photographer should have a range of high-quality lenses, flashes, and other lighting equipment to ensure they can capture stunning images in any lighting scenario.

This was taken in 30 mph wind and direct sunlight

Pay attention to their answers and assess whether they demonstrate a solid understanding of lighting principles and techniques. A photographer who can confidently navigate and manipulate light will be better equipped to capture the essence of your wedding day, no matter the lighting challenges that may arise.

Lighting is typically a big one that can produce challenges, but sometimes Mother Nature can intervene. In the case of one wedding, we had 30 mph winds and everything was outside. We had to do some creative scoping and planning, working with the wind instead of against it to capture some beautiful portraits. Click here to see a quick video of making a gorgeous shot when the wind was trying to say uh-uh!

Check back next Monday for Question 4. Hugs! Click to see Question 1 and Question 2. Hugs!

Taken in direct sunlight

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