6 Questions to Ask Your Wedding Photographer

This one’s a good question that we get all the time: Kelsey & Jake, how do I possibly narrow down the possible wedding photographers out there to my perfect world photographer?

Behind the scenes of a Honeybee Weddings styled photo shoot!


1. Do you see the emotional candid moments in their photographs?

We are huge believers in catching the candid, emotional moments on the wedding day. Those are the most important moments that you’ll cherish in your wedding album always. Capturing those authentic moments is one of the most difficult jobs we have as photographers. We want to know you as a couple so we can produce images that reflect the true “you” so you can relive that happiness.

We use “Unposed” prompts during the wedding day to prompt the bride and groom to interact naturally. Something like, “hold each other close, now whisper in her ear a time that you needed her.” That will usually create such a sweet funny moment between the bride and groom that will be captured on film. Or something silly like, “whisper your favorite breakfast food. As sexily as possible.” That one’s always a classic!

2. What do you offer in your photography collections?

The answer should be that they offer quality keepsake wedding albums in all of their packages. Jake and I believe in being a full service photography business. We offer you not only the wedding day coverage, but something tangible for you to cherish and share with every generation to come. With customizable cover material, embossing, and thick archival pages that can be turned year after year filled with your memories. Of course, digital images are valuable to our clients, which is why we offer them, but this shouldn’t be the only thing you walk away from your wedding day with.

Another “must” is an engagement session! Your engagement photo shoot will help us get to know you and help you get comfortable being photographed. The images can be used not only for your album, but also on the invitations, save the dates, thank you notes or signing book. We love nothing more than to capture the “ness” of you and your love story!

3. Do you work with a second shooter?

The answer should be YES! Jake and I come as a team with every wedding collection because we believe in capturing every side of your wedding day. We want to capture the look of your groom as he sees you for the first time walking down the aisle AND you with your dad and your beautiful dress as you walk toward your future husband.

It’s also important that the two photographers have worked many many weddings together. Jake and I have this (adorable, obviously) kind of nonverbal “code” because we’ve been working together for years. We know what each of us is supposed to photograph and where we need to be, leading to a seamless wedding day for you.

4. Do they offer videography?

We are all about the storytelling aspect of the wedding day and your relationship (as every photographer should be), and videography goes one more step to capture that love story. Photography captures the still moments in time, but wedding video captures both movement and sound. With a wedding video, you’ll be able to hear your spouse gasp during your first look, your dad’s toast and your mom’s laughter.

Being a joint-service team, we take pride in offering photography and videography services for your wedding day. The nice thing is, again, that you’ll get a well oiled team that works well together and can provide you consistent imagery. If you love the look of our photographs, our video will have the same qualities. We also know how to work together to get you everything you need for your wedding photographs and film.

5. Do they use artificial lighting when photographing dark receptions?

Just because it’s a dark room, doesn’t mean you should settle for dark photos – no, Starwars fans, Darkness is NOT your ally. We want to see those eyes when they’re getting glossy from your maid of honor’s speech or your first dance. You should ask for samples of photographs from the reception to make sure the quality is good all day long. Kelsey has a bachelor’s degree of commercial photography from the Art Institute of Seattle (insert her embarrassed blushy face) so the technical aspect of photography is her jaaaam!

LAST BUT NOT LEAST: Can you stand to deal with this person for the most important day of your life?

Your wedding photographer needs to be someone you actually like. Someone you could hang out and have a drink with. It needs to be someone who makes you laugh and someone you trust with big ticket items. They need to be someone who has been around the blog more than once. When Jake and I take on wedding clients and sign that contract, we are promising to be that person to our clients. It’s SO important. We love getting to know our clients over a drink (or ice cream!!) before we book them for their wedding. An engagement session is also included in every package so that we can get to know you both better and you guys can know what it’s like to be photographed with us.

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