Anna O. Brambilla

What NOT to ask your wedding photographer

It’s important to remember that there are no forbidden questions when it comes to your wedding photographer. However, it’s worth noting that there a few things that it is better not to ask your wedding photographer.

Will it be cheaper if I’ll edit the photos myself?

We saw in previous articles that editing is indeed a part of the price. However, professional photographers won’t deliver RAW or unedited files because the image we produce, from composition to editing, is our business card.

We put in tremendous effort to maintain a consistent style and create the most memorable moments for our couples. Every aspect of our work holds equal importance.

While it’s crucial for our clients to have exceptional images of their special day, it is equally essential for us to showcase these images to attract future clients.

Can we have a discount?

As we saw in another article, wedding photography is expensive for many reasons. So asking for a discount may be perceive as disrespectful. However, there are many ways to frase this question that will come across more polite.
For example say something like “this is our budget, do you think we can find a solution that will be satisfying for us both for this price?” will certainly prove more effective.
Nevertheless, it’s important to keep in mind that photographers who’s starting price is 50 000,- NOK will most likely not work for 10 000,- NOK.

Can you make me look “better”? I am not photogenic.

This topic can be quite contentious, as different photographers have varying comfort levels when it comes to altering bodies.

As a photographer, my responsibility is to ensure that you look your best, and I will dedicate my efforts to accentuating your finest features.

While it is perfectly acceptable to desire some retouching on your images, it’s important to be aware that not all photographers may offer this service. In such cases, you may need to explore other options to find the professional who meets your needs.

Personally, I believe that the most effective way to look amazing in your photos, regardless of the type, is to simply be happy. When you radiate happiness, it shines through and the camera captures it beautifully.

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Why won’t I get all the photos?

Because, simply put, not all photos are good photos.

When photographing a wedding, we can end up with several hundreds, or sometimes even thousands, of images. However, it’s important to understand that not every single photo will capture the best moments or showcase everyone in their finest light.

You chose your photographer based on their portfolio and artistic perspective. You were likely drawn to the wedding galleries they had previously captured. So, it’s crucial to trust your photographer’s judgment.

A significant part of our job is to meticulously sift through the vast number of snapshots we take and carefully select the ones that best represent the essence of your wedding day.
Quality over quantity.

Can we recreate these photos?

Well, the answer to this question depends on several factors: your photographer, the specific photo you want to recreate, and the number of photos in question.

As a photographer, I always encourage my couples to share any inspirational photos they have come across. This helps me understand their expectations and their unique vision.

However, it’s important to remember that each photographer is as unique as each wedding. You chose your specific photographer because you were drawn to their portfolio and their distinct style.

While it’s certainly possible to attempt and recreate a photo, it’s important to keep in mind that the outcome may differ from your initial expectation. You are different than the couple in the photo. Your photographer is different than the one who took that image.
And that’s the fun of it!

Can I have the copyright to the photos?

You will have the right to reproduce, print, and share the photos on social media. However, it’s important to note that the photographer will hold the copyright as they are the creators of the images.

It’s worth mentioning that having the copyright doesn’t grant the photographer unrestricted use of the photos. It’s essential to have a discussion and come to an agreement on fair use with your photographer when finalizing the contract.

By clarifying the terms of fair use, both you and the photographer can ensure that the photos are shared and utilized in a manner that respects everyone’s rights and expectations.


Remember: there are no questions you should ever be afraid to ask. However, I hope this article has provided you with answers to questions that some photographers may be hesitant to address.

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Asking questions is an important part of the process when selecting a photographer for your wedding. It allows you to gather information, clarify any concerns, and ensure that you make an informed decision.

While not all photographers may be comfortable addressing certain topics, it’s crucial to find a professional who is transparent. By asking the right questions you can make the best choice for your special day.

So don’t hesitate to seek answers to any inquiries you may have. Your wedding photographer should be willing to provide you with the information you need to feel confident and satisfied with your decision.

Anna O. Brambilla

What not to ask your wedding photographer

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