Wedding Photography Client Questionnaire
Wedding Photography Client Questionnaire
You’ve been contacted by a potential client in regards to shooting their big day on camera. But do you know what questions you should be asking them at that very first meeting? If the answer is yes, then go you! But if your answer is no, then don’t sweat it! We’ve got you covered and by the end of this post you’ll have the key questions ready to go for your next photographer-client initial meet up. So, for today’s article, we’re revealing all on the wedding photography client questionnaire agenda. Just carry on reading to find out what exactly you should be asking your clients...
Why Do You Need A Wedding Photography Client Questionnaire? - Having a discussion with your clients' up front will help you to prepare for their wedding day by finalising all the details. This step is essential and it will help you to set a lot of the ground work in terms of personalisation and making that wedding unique to that client so, you’re going to want to take that first meeting very seriously and walk away with all of the information that you’ll find yourself looking for later on down the line. The initial meeting is one of the most important aspects of planning a wedding. It really does set the tone for the rest of the process and it’s within your interests as a photographer to keep your clients happy and being able to adapt to differing situations. So, that’s why it’s super important to have your wedding photography client questionnaire at the ready!
Question #1: What Is Your Budget? - The first thing that you should ask your client is their budget for your photography services. Even though it can be awkward to ask, you need to know since the budget will tell you whether you can take up the project or you need to negotiate on it. You should consider several aspects before finalising the price, including many of the questions below.
Question #2: How Many Photographs Do You Need? - After the budget, this is the second most important question to be asked to the couple. The number of hard and soft copies of the photos will also have a big impact on the budget. Once you know the budget, you can share the possibilities of the quantity of copies to be provided. It’s smart to give multiple options to the couple and let them decide accordingly. So, be sure to include this question in your wedding photography client questionnaire.
Question #3: How Many Guests Will Be Attending? - Another one to consider for the wedding photography client questionnaire is how many guests are expected to attend? You should know a rough count of the guests. This answer will help you in knowing the distribution of your time for the different photos. You will also understand whether you need a co-photographer or not. If the answer is yes, this will of course increase the fee that you’ll be charging your clients by a substantial amount. For the big weddings, you can use the help of an assistant. It’s a good idea to develop a deal with another wedding photographer to become your second photographer, and then you can help them in their wedding photography project to return the favour.
Question #4: Do You Want Solo Shots Taken Before/After The Ceremony? - Ask the couple if they want you to take photos of them before the ceremony or afterwards. You should have your own schedule and this is one of the important questions wedding photographers should ask their clients. Depending on their answer, this will of course affect the schedule for the day and everyone needs to know exactly where they need to be and at what time they need to be there. The clearer the direction, the less stress out the Bride will be and no one needs a Bridezilla on their toes.
Question #5: How Many Group Shot Will Be Needed? - Expect that many guests will ask you to take their group shots, but other than that we’re sure the Bride will have specific photographs in mind that she’d like to take away from her big day. Having a coordinator can help you to manage the groups. The family of the Bride and Groom, friends of the Bride and Groom, Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, and any other close family groups should be captured. A coordinator can also tell you how to prioritise the groups, so you can manage your time accordingly. We hope you’ve found this article useful as we’ve discussed the most important questions to include within a wedding photography client questionnaire. Please feel free to check out our other articles below this blog post!
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