It's a week before your wedding and the emotions are running high. Making all the last minute arrangements, talking with gobs and gobs of family members, last minute changes with your event planner, flower issues, finding out cousin Vinny is coming after saying he wasn't, you catch the draft you're ready for the honeymoon. After all this planning for your ultimate ceremony/party most brides and brooms don't realize that the actual wedding day will be a slave drive until the end.. Society is groomed us to think that this perfect day will be filled with relaxation laughter and love. While there will be Love and laughter kick out the relaxation part it's not going to happen I'm less of the following three simple steps below...
We have seen it time and time again, a bride hires a photographer that is more of a status symbol than a actual artist and at the end of the day they are exhausted not realizing that the photographers they hired have become the slave drivers of the day. Now hit the brakes we're not saying that every photographer is a slave driver however, we are bringing awareness to the fact that some photographers will wear you out.
Okay so now you're fearful of your photographer, That's not the point we're getting at. Whether you hire us for somebody else ensure from your customer standpoint that you come first…
1.) Go over the schedule one-on-one with the photographer before your wedding day. Whether that be a day or weeks prior. Asked them specifically when they want pictures taken and for how long each little session will take. Ensure the photographer does not plan on dictating the entire event.
2.) Hold your ground. If you're 15 minutes late to your dinner because the photographer wants to wait to get that just right shot you have to make that call internally. But if you are tired and exhausted and just want to eat then ditch the shot and get yourself some grub. Be happy!
3.) Grab some tennis shoes and have yourself a glass of wine. Non in-tuned photographers will have you moving way too much. Over here then over there and back over here then back over there and if the shot does not require you to have heels on then get rid of them! Your feet will be dead at the end of the night. Side note that is also important: have a map for layout of the ceremony site to ensure that your photographers isn't taking you from one side of the venue to the other. Sometime subtle hints don't always get through to the photographer because they're so wrapped up in the technical aspects that their way comes first. We know because in the beginning we did it too. Hmmm imagine that, some one in this industry said oh we were wrong...but we fixed it.
Maybe this quick blog was more so of a rant than anything. But really its main focus is to bring light to the fact that not all photographers relationships with their clients are the same. Communication is key and the only one who is the puppet is the photographer.
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