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Hey guys.

I have a friends cousin who wants photos for her henna party. I'm not charging her, it's all free unless ofcourse she wants to have photos printed.

This isn't anything on a pro level but I do want to get into weddings and do want to conduct myself professionally even though this will be just for practice, this is the obvious way I will learn.

What questions do you wedding photographers ask your clients? What are the most vital questions?

Any tips will be greatly appreciated.

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I just get to know the couple. I don't have set questions.

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For a wedding, I always ask about the vision they have, colors, important family members, venue, among a lot of other things. Like Tim I try and take the time to know a little about the couple, how they met etc.
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tim wrote in post #12007481external link
I just get to know the couple. I don't have set questions.

That's an idea but don't you ask them if they want any specific photographs?

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The first question I ask is the date they are getting married. If I am booked that day, I ask if I can recommend a few other photographers that they may want to check out.

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Salma wrote in post #12007495external link
That's an idea but don't you ask them if they want any specific photographs?

Not when I first meet them. Maybe in the few weeks before their wedding.

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In my wedding contract I have a list of questions like "Are there any family dynamics I should be aware of?" I've had a few divorced parents who do not want to be photographed together and it's of course good to know that ahead of time. I also ask what the names of the bridesmaids/groomsmen are so I can call them by name but you really don't need to know that. But all that is on the contract. When I meet clients I just ask them about them to get to know them better... where they met, who proposed and how, etc.

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PeaceFire wrote in post #12008076external link
In my wedding contract I have a list of questions like "Are there any family dynamics I should be aware of?" I've had a few divorced parents who do not want to be photographed together and it's of course good to know that ahead of time. I also ask what the names of the bridesmaids/groomsmen are so I can call them by name but you really don't need to know that. But all that is on the contract. When I meet clients I just ask them about them to get to know them better... where they met, who proposed and how, etc.

Sounds good, thanks for that info.

What's your contract like if you don't mine me asking?

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There's a whole contract thread on here, on this page I believe, that will give you some contract ideas. Mine is basically a page where I get their important info (names, address, wedding day, wedding time, location, information on the bridal party, etc.), a page to find out if a meal is provided, family dynamics, and other information I should know, and then about 3 1/2 pages of legal jargon. I also have a shot list idea I let them look over and check the ones they absolutely want so I know what shots I need to get on the day. But most of the time that doesn't get returned because they don't know.

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First I would get to know the couple. Like ask how did they meet, how long they were together, hobbies stuff like that. Then I would tell them about myself, so they could get to know me a little bit.

I would then proceed to ask when and where is their wedding. Then ask other things such as the theme, if they have a specific location they want to go to after the ceremony, how much people are on their wedding party, etc.

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