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Updated March 13th, 2020 | Clara is a career coaching expert and has supported individuals landing positions in education, nonprofit, corporate, and beyond.
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What is your favorite time of day to shoot a wedding?
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This is an opportunity for interviewers to explore whether or not your preferred time of day might align with when their event will be held. This question also coincides with the photographers lighting preferences - do you prefer to shoot in natural light or staged light? Be prepared to elaborate on why you have a preferred time of day and how it might support your shooting style.
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1.
What is your favorite time of day to shoot a wedding?
This is an opportunity for interviewers to explore whether or not your preferred time of day might align with when their event will be held. This question also coincides with the photographers lighting preferences - do you prefer to shoot in natural light or staged light? Be prepared to elaborate on why you have a preferred time of day and how it might support your shooting style.

Clara's Answer
"When shooting natural light photos, my favorite time of day is, of course, the afternoon leading up to Golden Hour. I particularly love shooting portrait shots around this time. When shooting other styles or indoors, I have no real preference on time of day."
2.
Do you have a full gallery available of any weddings you've shot?
A full gallery gives clients a sense of your overall style and what you pay attention to, so it is important to have a full gallery available for them to see. You'll want your answer to this question to be 'yes!' Be sure you prioritize sharing your most recent events to provide more current representation of your work, and include any additional galleries that might pertain to your current client's interests.

Clara's Answer
"I do! I have several full galleries available from the last two years and even more from older weddings. Many full and partial galleries are available on my website, and I have a few available to see in print upon request."
3.
On average, how many final images do you provide after a wedding?
Many wedding photographers will deliver anywhere from 50 to 100 images per hour of coverage. So, an 8-hour wedding could yield anywhere from 400 to 800 final images. These numbers will vary based on the number of photographers shooting at the event, so keep this in mind when you offer an estimate.

Clara's Answer
"The final image count depends entirely on the length of the wedding. When I am shooting with my team of 3, we are able to produce a final count of roughly 100 images per hour of coverage."
4.
What do you typically wear to a wedding?
The Wedding Photographer should always blend in while dressing comfortably enough to sustain several hours moving around on their feet. When responding to this question, keep in mind that you should always base your outfit on the style and level of formality of the wedding. If the wedding is a black-tie event, then you will likely wear a black suit or a formal/cocktail dress with flats. If the wedding is on a summer day, then you will likely wear light colors.

Clara's Answer
"I always defer to the couple for their preferences on attire, and I ensure that I fit as closely to the dress code established for guests as possible. For black-tie events, my team and I will wear black suits and dresses with flat, black shoes. For casual or summer weddings, we might wear lighter colors to blend in with the crowd as best as possible."
5.
How do you get to know a venue prior to the event day?
Experienced photographers will do their best to understand a venue prior to the event. This helps with understanding the best vantage points for photos, the timeliness of routes throughout the space, and how you might space out any additional photographers on your team. If you are unable to see a venue before the big day, then consider how you might still get the information you need, such as calling ahead, researching online, or arriving a few hours prior to the event to scope it out.

Clara's Answer
"I generally try to visit and explore a venue about 1 week prior to the wedding. This allows me to see how the venue and its surroundings will likely look closer to the wedding day and inquire about any potential modifications between then and the big day. Depending on the location of the venue and my schedule, I might call ahead instead of visiting - particularly if it is a venue I know well. On the wedding day, I arrive 45 minutes to an hour in advance so I have time to set-up and do one final walk-through before it's time to start shooting."
6.
Do you offer retouching or other corrective services? How much experience do you have with this?
Most wedding photographers offer some level of corrective services, such as retouching or color balancing. When referencing your experience, it doesn't need to be exclusive to wedding photography so long as it relates to similarly styled photos.

Clara's Answer
"I do offer corrective services, and I generally lean on the couple to inform me what level of correction they'd like and on what set of photos. Some couples are pretty hands-off and give me free-reign to retouch photos, and others prefer to see raw images prior to any corrective services to offer their input. I have 5 years editing images from weddings and similar events."
7.
How do you handle directing guests for group photos?
Generally, the wedding photographer wants to largely blend into the background. However, there will be opportunities to take family photos, wedding party photos, and more. You might receive a shot list in advance that will include desired group photos, and you might get a group photo request during the event, itself. Consider how you plan to incorporate planned and unplanned group photos over the course of the event, the timeliness of your photos (guests tend to prefer photos prior to eating and drinking much), and how you verify that all relevant people are present. You might also consider fun ways to engage the crowd and have fun. The better planned you are in advance, the more prepared you appear to conduct group photos well and in a timely manner.

Clara's Answer
"I like to make group photos a fun and fairly quick experience for everyone, so I try to engage everyone as quickly as possible without needing to shout or draw too much attention. When it is close to time to take group photos, my team and I will casually weave through the crowd and inform those involved that we will be meeting in a specific location in a certain number of minutes and to please meet us there. I always estimate an additional 2 to 3 minutes for guests to trickle in, so I give them a timeframe that is a bit before the scheduled time. Once we are all together, I will stay back with the camera while one or both of my team members will stand by the crowd and support them in arranging appropriately. I'll signal to them when it looks good, and we shoot!"
8.
What are some 'must-have' shots that you recommend for a wedding?
This question offers a great opportunity to demonstrate your expertise and creativity by sharing new, unique shot ideas or a fun spin on more traditional shots. Consider some key shots that appear throughout your portfolio and shots that have received positive feedback from previous couples and use that to help guide your response.

Clara's Answer
"My 'must-have' shots always include the beginning, middle, and end of a wedding to best show the story of the day and to capture moments that the couple might miss, such as shots of them getting ready in separate rooms, celebrating with their respective wedding parties, and sharing special moments with an important loved one. During the wedding, one of my must-have shots is the face of whoever is meant to walk down the aisle with the bride when they first see her in addition to the groom's face when they walk in. Overall, I find that parent and sibling reactions are often missed, so I work with my team to ensure that the couple and the families are covered during those 'must-have' moments."
9.
Do you shoot in both color and black-and-white?
This question is particularly pertinent if you are shooting in film, though you might also receive requests for your digital shots to include some black-and-white post-editing as well. When shooting in film, consider the logistics required to shoot in both color and black-and-white, especially if you do not have additional photographers or assistants supporting you on the event day.

Clara's Answer
"When I'm shooting in film, I love to offer the couple a chance to view their big day in both color and black-and-white. My ability to provide both can depend on the couple's overall desires for their photos. If they are interested in digital and film, then I might suggest post-editing digital photos to black-and-white or inform them that, in my team of 3, we would each have a different camera with different photo outcomes. Ultimately, I look to my clients for what they would most like to see in their wedding album, and I use my expertise to steer them as close to that vision as possible."
10.
Do you provide all of your own lighting equipment?
Many photographers with years of experience will come prepared with all their own equipment, and photographers from an agency are generally expected to be fully equipped. If you do not provide your own lighting equipment, then be prepared to identify where the equipment will be available and the costs associated with renting that equipment out.

Clara's Answer
"I always come prepared with my own lighting equipment, even when aiming for primarily natural light shots. If the couple has specific requests for certain equipment, such as lighting for a selfie station, then I coordinate with them in advance to ensure that we bring everything needed and then some."
11.
What is your average turnaround time for final prints and files?
The turnaround time of wedding photos can depend heavily on the size of the wedding, the amount of editing required, and the schedule and capacity of the photographer. Given all of these factors, consider what influences your turnaround time and give a range of what might be most realistic.

Clara's Answer
"My turnaround time can vary slightly based on how busy the time of year is and additional factors, such as the size of the wedding. On average, my turnaround time is generally between 2 and 6 weeks total."
12.
What size wedding are you most comfortable and experienced in shooting?
Weddings can include anywhere from 5 to 500 guests, and they can last a couple of hours or a couple of days. Consider the factors that go into smaller and larger weddings as well as your ability to manage additional photographers and assistants, which are inevitably needed as the guest count grows. When preparing for this question, consider your experience with space, people, and duration.

Clara's Answer
"I have experience shooting both intimate and large weddings. I most enjoy a guest count of about 150 to 200 people, because I am able to get a wide variety of shots while offering several photos of each guest. My team includes two additional photographers, so we are able to seamlessly capture each moment from many angles."
13.
What information do you request from the couple prior to their wedding day?
This question serves as a catch-all for anything that the photographer might need to know, especially if it has not yet been covered. This might include venue details, a shot list, a detailed timeline, and so on. Keep in mind that the couple will have very little - if any - time to answer questions or review final details on the wedding day, so you will want all of your questions answered ahead of time.

Clara's Answer
"Of course, I always ensure that I have a few basics: a shot list, a timeline, and what key angles they want to be captured. I also request a list of guests that require photos and their relation to the couple. This allows me to more seamlessly work through the crowd and engage guests when it is time for group photos. I also request information on any emotions they want to be captured. This goes beyond the shot list because some couples want to see the range of emotions felt across the entire crowd of guests, from laughter to happy tears."
14.
How do you support subjects to feel natural and comfortable with portrait shots?
Many people are not comfortable staging themselves to have their pictures taken, so it can be difficult to capture a natural, comfortable image. Photographers employ a variety of techniques to support their subjects during a photoshoot, from behind-the-scene props to music to light banter. Consider what tools and techniques you use and how and when they are best suited for your audience.

Clara's Answer
"I find that one size does not fit all when it comes to making people comfortable while getting their picture taken. For this reason, I come prepared with a variety of tools and techniques. Depending on the individual, I might engage in conversation or banter throughout the photoshoot so the camera feels secondary to the conversation. For some, I'll find ways to step further away or try to blend more into the scenery so my presence is less obvious."
15.
What is your average in shooting hours for a wedding?
Your response to this question will obviously depend heavily on the length of the wedding and agenda for the day. Generally, an average can be 8 hours, or anywhere from 6 to 10 hours.

Clara's Answer
"I have shot a pretty wide range of weddings, from 3 hours to 2 days of 8 full hours each day. My true average is between 7 and 8 hours of straight shooting."
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  1. What is your favorite time of day to shoot a wedding?
  2. Do you have a full gallery available of any weddings you've shot?
  3. On average, how many final images do you provide after a wedding?
  4. What do you typically wear to a wedding?
  5. How do you get to know a venue prior to the event day?
  6. Do you offer retouching or other corrective services? How much experience do you have with this?
  7. How do you handle directing guests for group photos?
  8. What are some 'must-have' shots that you recommend for a wedding?
  9. Do you shoot in both color and black-and-white?
  10. Do you provide all of your own lighting equipment?
  11. What is your average turnaround time for final prints and files?
  12. What size wedding are you most comfortable and experienced in shooting?
  13. What information do you request from the couple prior to their wedding day?
  14. How do you support subjects to feel natural and comfortable with portrait shots?
  15. What is your average in shooting hours for a wedding?
  16. Do you have any restrictions for sharing photos online or in print?
  17. How long have you been shooting weddings? How many weddings have you photographed?
  18. How do you get to know a couple before the wedding?
  19. Have you ever been late for a wedding?
  20. Do you ever accept more than one wedding in a given day or weekend?
  21. Do you charge a travel fee? If so, what is your radius and what does the fee include?
  22. Do you follow a shot list, or do you prefer free reign?
  23. What lenses do you use for wedding photography?
  24. What style(s) do you specialize in?
  25. Do you have any assistants or a team of photographers to support on the wedding day?
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