There are a lot of things you may want to ask your wedding photographer, but if you don’t think about them ahead of time there’s a good chance you’ll miss something important. Here are 8 questions to ask your wedding photographer before the big day.

1. What’s Their Style?

Photographers can have very different styles and when you’re choosing a photographer for your special day you should pay close attention to what that style is. Do they rely on simplicity and the use of natural light to capture the best photographs or do they like to use photographic tricks such as perspective and depth of field to change the way a photo looks. It’s probably a good idea to ask to look at their portfolio as well as this will give you a good idea of what to expect and if you feel they’re a good fit for you.

2. How Many Times Have They Actually Done This?

I’m assuming you only plan on getting married once and you’ll want the best photographic memories possible that will capture those fleeting moments in your life that are so important to you. That means you’ll want a wedding photographer with experience in capturing the best moments of a special day. You should always ask your potential photographer how long they’ve been doing this as you probably don’t want to leave such an important task to someone who’s never done it before.

3. What’s Your Schedule like on Our Wedding Day?

Even if you’ve decided that a particular photographer is right for your event you should still ask them what type of schedule they have on your wedding day. You’ll want to be careful that there aren’t any potential conflicts as the last thing you need is a photographer that doesn’t show up.

4. Will They Provide a Contract?

It may surprise you to find out that some photographers don’t provide you with a contract, but it happens all the time. If you’re going to protect yourself it’s a good idea to ask your photographer to put something in writing that defines what services you’ve agreed upon – it will protect you and help you to avoid any misunderstandings.

5. Do They Have a Backup Plan in the Event of Illness?

Imagine a scenario in which your wedding photographer comes down with an illness on that very same day you’re supposed to get married – for you that’s a potential disaster. Don’t forget to ask your photographer if they have a backup plan. Is there more than one photographer that works at the studio and could they take over in the event of this worst-case scenario? This is a question you should definitely ask.

6. Do I Get to Choose My Photos?

It may seem obvious, but a good photographer should provide you with a lot of choice and let you choose the images that you want to keep and the ones you want to discard. You’ll certainly want to listen to their input as they are professionals, but this is your big day so make sure you have a hand in deciding which photos you’re going to keep.

7. What Happens If Things Get behind Schedule?

No matter how well an event is organized there is always the potential for delay and when it comes to your wedding day those delays can have a domino effect that will also affect your photographer. It’s a good idea to find out what happens if you do run behind schedule. Are they okay to stick around and will they charge extra for the extra demands on their time that any delay will cause. If you know these answers ahead of time you can avoid any unwanted surprises.

8. When Do You Get Your Pictures?

Don’t forget the most important question of all – when do you get your photos! You have to understand that a professional photographer has a process they go through in order to make sure they provide you with the best images possible, but they understand that you’ll be eagerly anticipating that final photo album of your wedding day. Ask them right up front how long the process normally takes and when you can expect your photos, that way there won’t be any misunderstandings and you won’t end up frustrated waiting for those photos to come in.