You’ve said “Yes” to one of the most important decisions of your life…now the wedding planning begins! Selecting your wedding photographer is a deeply personal decision that many brides feel overwhelmed by. There are so many photographers these days, and you want someone you can trust with those precious wedding moments. As a wedding and engagement photographer here in Birmingham, Alabama, I feel so blessed to work with countless brides and grooms on such a monumental day in their lives. Over the years, I have learned that there are questions that are valuable for brides to ask, and I’ve compiled them below. I’m always available and more than happy to answer any questions you may have!
What is your photography style and approach?
This is so important to ask, because it will determine the aesthetic of your finished images. For me, my style is bright, crisp, and colorful…many brides describe it as warm, joyful, and clean. Some photographers specialize in more journalistic work, while others only do posed and traditional portraits. I’m happy to show you any of my previous work (or you can check out my portfolio images), so that you can ensure my style will align with your personal vision. I make sure that I get all of the posed and family images you request, while also capturing candid moments and smiles.
Can you show me a portfolio or references from previous clients?
Reviewing a photographer’s portfolio allows you to assess the quality and consistency of their work. Look for a diverse range of wedding photos to ensure they can handle different lighting conditions, venues, and types of events. Additionally, asking for references or testimonials from previous clients can give you valuable insights into their professionalism, reliability, and ability to capture important moments. Happy brides tend to tell all their friends who they used, and why! Word of mouth is the best compliment, and something I am endlessly grateful for.
What is included in your wedding photography packages?
Understanding what services and products are included in the photography packages is essential for budgeting and decision-making. Inquire about the number of hours of coverage, and the deliverables such as digital files, prints, albums, or other custom options. Additionally, clarify any additional fees, such as travel expenses or overtime charges, to avoid surprises later on. My packages are clear and simple, so that you can budget appropriately and feel confident in your investment. You can also click here to inquire about specific pricing!
Do you have experience shooting at similar venues or in similar lighting conditions?
If you have chosen a specific venue for your wedding or have unique lighting requirements, it’s important to know if your photographer has experience working in similar settings. Experienced photographers (like me!) can adapt to various environments, but discussing their familiarity with your chosen venue or conditions can provide reassurance and help them plan for the shoot accordingly. Here in Birmingham and the surrounding areas, I am familiar with many wedding and engagement venues, and am equipped to handle lighting changes and posing!
Can you walk me through the timeline and process of capturing our wedding day?
This is the most important question of all! I can happily walk you through what a wedding day looks like for me, and also a timeline of when you will receive your images. I can also answer questions about how to best plan out the day and what I have seen work smoothly for past weddings (such as having a first look, or when to do extended family photos). It helps everyone to have a general idea of what to expect and ensures that your day will move along perfectly.
Remember that your wedding photographer will be by your side, capturing the intimate moments, the stolen glances, and the joyous celebrations. They will freeze time for you, preserving the laughter, tears, and love that fills the air on your special day. So, take ample time to explore different portfolios, meet with potential photographers, and ask these important questions. Trust your instincts and choose someone who makes you feel comfortable, understood, and excited about the journey ahead!