Wedding photographers have a tough job to fulfill. You may think that they need to be perfect due to the fee you are paying them, but of course, they can only exercise their best skillset to the degree that you allow them access and the means to fully work their magic. It’s not uncommon for people to think that photography is a simple art, as almost everyone has a camera on their smartphone.
However, true wedding shots are not simply those that are placed on Instagram and forgotten about. They are true images that can last a lifetime, as the artistic eye of the photographer is able to find the best lighting, the best lenses, and the best angles to help you absolutely shine, to capture the nature of the event, and a thousand beautiful little moments you are living at the moment.
A photographer is not like a vehicle you can upgrade or a recipe you can add an ingredient to in order to ‘squeeze the most out of it,’ but you can abide by certain practices to help them in their job, to give you the most seemingly effortless wedding photography possible.
Giving Them Space To Work
Give the photographer space to work. If you can allow them to move across the event space and venue with their free will, having access to the behind the scenes areas where your wedding planners are curating the experience, or allowing them to move ahead to the venue to set up before you, they have an access of finding the best shots. It can also be worthwhile to help them see the venue beforehand should they wish to, as they may be able to recommend a few vantage points in which they can make use of the light on that day. Give them space to work, and never click your fingers or call them to you like a pet. They are a professional, and they must be trusted in this role.
Ensuring They Have Adequate Refreshments
It’s important to ensure said photographer has adequate refreshments close to hand should they choose to indulge. Coffee, tea, water, and something to eat can be important, particularly if the event they need to photograph is an all-day affair. There’s usually no harm in allowing them a drink or two at the free bar of course, they are professionals and will usually appreciate the gesture. Most of the time they will not partake unless quite clearly finished with their daily efforts. That being said – do not expect them to socialize. They are there for a professional purpose, and will very rarely stray from that even an inch.
Hiring A Professional
It’s important to hire a professional to the best extent that you can. Use someone fully accomplished, such as Vittore Buzzi Photographer services. One of the most common mistakes any wedding planner can make is trying to cut corners with their photography. They may even ask a friend or a niece or nephew who may be into photography to come and cover the event. Of course, this is perfectly fine. But it should never overtake professional services, services that document weddings each and every day.
Taking wedding photography is not as simple as ‘point and shoot.’ It takes a trained eye to get the most out of your day. How do you wish to remember this day? As a day in which you were able to cut the cheapest deals to save money? Or a day in which your wedding experienced was immortalized in the most beautiful photography possible? When you hire a professional service, you can rely on this secondary option.
Detail The Event
It’s important to keep your photographer aware of the daily plans you have. If they have to guess what time certain events are taking place, how many people are to be in attendance, where the venue is until the last moment or what format this whole affair is taking, they’re going to be in the dark. This will prevent them from making the most important decisions relating to their craft, and it can leave them with a bad taste for the event, or throw them off their game.
It’s important to competently describe the event, down to the last detail, in order to help them work. If you are using a second, amateur photographer, let them know. Let them know exactly how many are coming to your wedding. Potentially even let them see the venue ahead of time. Some religious institutions may not allow cameras within to the full service, and this can mean they need to plan accordingly. Remember, unless you tell them these things, they will not know. It’s shouldn’t have to be their prerogative to squeeze details out of you so they can work.
Pay & Pickup Soon
Sure, you may only use a wedding photographer once in your life. However, that doesn’t mean that a lack of professional courtesy is something you can easily get away with. Photographers are used to helping you get the most value possible out of your wedding photos, and so are usually quite happy to retouch a photo you may not be happy with. However, do not expect them to re-edit every single photograph they have taken. Additionally, ensure that you pay for their services soon after they have committed to them, or depending on their pricing structure pay off the rest of your invoice.
Additionally, pick up those photographs soon. Do not simply leave them with the photographer. This might sound odd, but photographers often have to continually remind their clients about their finished output. If you follow this advice, said photographer will likely be more than happy to be a referral for a relative or friend of yours. If you fail to, they will likely not wish to work with you again, depending on the level of inconvenience.
Respect Their Time
Respect the time of your photographer. Do not expect them to arrange people to come together for a photograph, or to try and have them cover your entire fourteen-hour event without them expressly agreeing to do so. If you have agreed to a certain allotment of time, do not try and have them artificially extend this. Remember that they are here to do a job, and if they are to exercise that job correctly, they need time to plan and execute their tasks.
A Photographer Only
Sure, a photographer is a servicing professional. But unless agreed otherwise (which is a rare event indeed), they will not help you out with other errands or responsibilities. They aren’t there to help you guide your family members from one area of the venue to another. They’re not there to help with catering, or to serve drinks, or to welcome people, or to act upon your whims. They are simply there to take the best and most skillful photographs of your wedding day they can. This is why through clear and concise communication, you can develop a mutual respect that allows you both to retrieve the ultimate result.
Respecting Their Craft
Remember that photography is a craft that can take years to master. Ensure that you respect their skillset as they apply it to your wedding day. Do not hand them your smartphone and ask them to snap a few shots of you with it. Do not guide them to take certain photographs unless you can calmly discuss this prior. If you respect their craft, they will respect you and go the extra mile to do so.
With this advice, it may seem as though photographers are somehow snobby or too firm in their ways. But that’s not the case. Photography is a gentle and complex art, and they often wish to help you feel a sense of true emotion and love when revisiting your wedding photographs. As such, a baseline level of respect for what they have to do can ensure they go the extra mile to help satisfy you, and so it’s worth building that mutual sense of goodwill from the start.