Are you insured?
It seems like everyone is claiming to be a wedding photographer these days because they think all it takes is a camera and weekends free.
They’re wrong about that.
Make sure your photographer is a professional and that starts with insurance. God forbid there should be some sort of accident that involves your wedding photographer because if he doesn’t have insurance, you will get sued.
Do you carry backup equipment?
There are no do-overs on your wedding day and camera’s break all the time, especially in the heat and sand environment of the Tampa Bay Beaches. Make sure your wedding photographer carries backups for every major piece of equipment. That’s camera, lenses and flash.
Are you a full-time pro?
Personally, I always feel more comfortable when I hire someone if I know that this job isn’t a hobby or way to make extra cash. A person who’s reputation is responsable for feeding his family has more incentive to do a good job than the guy who goes back to his “real job” on Monday. Plus, it takes about 40 hours to prepare wedding images after the wedding and you don’t want that work being done 2 hours at a time nights and weekends.
Will you be photographing my wedding?
Believe it or not, there are actually some photographers who will interview with you and then send someone else to shoot the wedding
How long before I get my images/album?
This goes back to the “full-time” issue. You don’t want a photographer who will deliver your images a year after the wedding.