As I mentioned in my Inquiry Questionnaire post, it is so important and such a life saver to send out questionnaires before a shoot with a client. Most of the time, your first time actually meeting the client is about 15 minutes before you start shooting. That is not a ton of time to make them feel comfortable with you. The questionnaire will show them that you care about their experience and them as people.
If they don’t know a ton about me quite yet, I like to send a run down of how I work, what I like, what I am going to do to make sure they have THE BEST time ever, and any important info they may need.
I think it is important to remember that you don’t want to ask all of the good questions beforehand because you still want things to talk about. I leave out all of the, “how did you meet”, “what’s the proposal story”, questions to the in person meet up. That way, we all get to know one another more, and they get to reflect as a couple on their relationship.
What do you love most about your partner?:
Describe your perfect Saturday together:
Tell me about yourselves. What are your hobbies? What is one fun fact about each person?:
What do you like to do together? Places you like to go?:
If you could pick one word to describe your partner as, what would it be?:
Are there any must-have photos you have some ideas for?:
Do you have a location in mind that I should check out?:
Do you feel pretty comfortable with wardrobe or would you like a little guidance?:
What is the main purpose for choosing me as a photographer? What do you like about my images?:
What is your favorite music to dance to right now? Do you two have a song?:
What is your favorite Starbs drink?:
What is your favorite alcoholic beverage if you have one?:
Is there anything else you’d like me to know?:
Note: I ask very open-ended questions to allow them free reign to get as detailed as possible with me. I added in the question about what they like about my style so that I make sure I represent that to the best of my ability when I shoot and deliver their gallery. The last few questions that seem super silly, like Starbucks drink, alcohol, and music is so I can bring one or all of those to the shoot as gifts! Finding music they actually like and bringing it to the shoot can really up your game and make them feel more relaxed. So can the alcohol LOL!
For more question ideas check out India Earl’s guides.