or, *How A Pre-Wedding Questionnaire Can Make Your Photography Experience Totally Amazing*
If you’ve worked with me in the past, you know that I love sending all of my wedding clients a pre-wedding questionnaire to fill out and send back.
This pretty little ditty is a few pages that covers everything from specific photo-ops you may want to smaller things like whether you prefer coffee over chocolate, wine or whiskey, or vice versa.
It may seem silly, but this questionnaire is one of my tools to help deliver a wedding photography experience that is totally awesome, and incredibly easy.
As your photographer this questionnaire helps me fill in the blanks of what I should know when planning for your wedding photos – but what’s in it for you? How can my questionnaire help make your photography experience one you’ll remember forever?
1. Make Sure You Get The Photos You Want
Firstly, the questionnaire helps make sure you get the photos you want. At this point you and I have already talked in person about style + location and the questionnaire is a follow-up.
The first few questions ask you to say “Yes, No, or Maybe” to a list of suggested family groupings, special details you are looking to capture, and anything else you might want to tell me about the photos you dreamed about. Knowing this info is super important to the wedding photography process and is one of my biggest reasons for creating the questionnaire. My job is capturing your wedding day and reducing a little bit of that nuptial stress that happens to the best of us.
It’s my responsibility to make sure I get the exact shots you were looking for and mapping them out in the questionnaire helps you and me both know that we are on the same page!
2. Mentally Walk Through Your Wedding Day
I ask for a good chunk of information about your wedding day on the questionnaire – where you are getting ready, how many people are coming, family member names, and other details. It only takes you a few minutes and will end up being a breath of fresh air in your wedding planning.
These questions give you an opportunity to mentally walk through your wedding day with me as your guide. I can give my suggestions for what may work best and where to personalize.
While you’re walking through your own perspective of the day, I am following along with you. I have a clear overview of the day long before I even arrive at the scene. You can relax knowing that I am totally ready to get the best photos of your ceremony, celebration, and people who love you!
3. Get Creative With It
Okay, so you might think that asking whether you prefer chocolate over coffee or wine over whiskey is irrelevant to your wedding day – but I disagree!
The slightly off topic questions that I include in the wedding questionnaire are there for a few reasons – including to help unleash your creative side! After walking through how the photography of your day will go, I like throwing in a few silly and light ones for you to have fun answering. This process – along with taking your mind temporarily off of your wedding day and tap into the bigger picture of you and your partner – has helped a lot of brides and grooms in the past get creative with their photo-ops!
One of my brides was writing in the questionnaire that she and her fiance both grew up on a ranch and love horseback riding. This ended up sparking an idea in her to bring her favorite pair of cowboy boots to dance in!
The possibilities for creativity in photos are endless. Getting your mind onto other subjects for a few questions can help unlock a more personal side of you and make the whole process way more fun!
It also gives me a better idea of how I can customize any gifts or extras for you along the way. 😉
A Few Questions Can Make All The Difference!
The wedding questionnaire might be practical and logical for me as a photographer but it was designed with you in mind as you plan this beautiful-strange-wonderful-real AMAZING event called a wedding. I love finding any way possible to reduce the stress during wedding planning. I also love knowing that my photography experiences for each couple is personal and individual.
With a few thoughtful pages my questionnaire helps me learn more about you, provide guidance, and make sure we are on the same page.
Which means we’ll be able to have an amazing time working together – and you’ll be able to rest easy knowing that your wedding photos will be absolutely spectacular!