What NOT to say to your Photographer
So, you’ve booked your dream venue… and now you’re looking for the next most important thing for your wedding day, an ace photographer ( 😉 ).
Choosing a Photographer to photograph/document the biggest day of your life (so far!) is a pretty big deal right? Choosing the RIGHT Photographer for you is just too important to not get right. After all, you only get one shot at this.
You need to be able to trust that they will get you the results that you want to see. You also want to be confident that they will a) turn up for a start, and b) they will be a good fit with your family and guests as generally, we are with you for the entire day. And c) is obviously you want them to produce awesome work for you.
My advice when meeting with your short list of Photographers, is first and foremost, make sure the you like them 👍 (Most Important).
I would imagine that you have chosen to meet them because you have had a look at their web site and seen the awesome stuff they have on there, of past weddings. It wouldn’t, therefore, be a good idea to say to them ‘Ive seen this really cool shot on Pinterest, I’d love to do that’ I can only liken this to going into Jamie Olivers Restaurant and asking for Heston Blumenthal’s signature dish. It makes no sense. The most important thing to remember when choosing your photographer is to LOVE their work and trust in them to produce that for you. That’s the reason you are choosing them.
When looking through magazines, I must admit that some of us photographers (me), do let out a sigh at some of the things that they ‘advise’. Checklists for example: “Take along this list of ‘Must Have’ shots & give them to your Photographer.” Just No… A photographer worth his/her salt will capture everything that needs to be captured. In my case, that will be all the awesomeness that is going on all day long. We don’t need to be handed a list; all that will do is distract us from all the magical moments that are happening.
The next big thing that particularly applies to my style of Photography is the ‘Groups List’. I don’t do groups, as all they do is take up your time while we wait for ages for Uncle Jim & Aunty Betty, who we eventually find out, are checking into their room. Time on your Wedding Day is precious and all too fleeting and I want you to enjoy every single second of it, just relaxing and chatting with family and friends.
Will I receive all the photos that you take on the day? – Nope. I will take anywhere between 1000 – 3000 images on a typical wedding day. You really wouldn’t want to receive that many would you?! If you see me taking a photo, please don’t assume that you will receive it. I may just have been checking my exposure, or just doing different versions of the same shot, which I will then choose the best one or the one that worked particularly well. I may take a few of the same thing to eliminate people blinking so the duplicates will not make the Cut. You will receive just the very best from the day.
What is a good question to ask:
Do you have insurance? THIS. This is important. Any legitimate wedding photographer will have Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance. I have it and I wouldn’t contemplate shooting a wedding without it.
So there you have it. Just a few ideas to take with you to your next meeting 😄. The main thing to take away from this though is to trust your Photographer to do their thing!
I’d love to hear from you if you’re planning your awesome wedding. You can get in touch here.