Weddings are busy, beautiful and yes, even stressful events. And in the hustle and bustle of everything that makes a wedding, well, a wedding, it’s not hard to imagine that something might get missed. That’s understandable, but you want to make sure that ‘something’ doesn’t fall under the category of missed photographs. That is why one of the most important aspects of wedding planning needs to be the selection of your photographer. Remember… long after the cake has been eaten and the wedding dress is pushed to the back of the attic, you’ll still be looking at your wedding pictures and remembering the joy of your special day.
The best lenses you can afford. Don’t spend all your money on the camera and then a put a piece of cheap glass in front of it. In fact you should spend a higher proportion of your money on a good lens rather than on the camera. A decent lens will give you that sharpness that you need in all photographs, but especially in wedding shots.
Choose a style. The Internet has been a great tool for the client. In one night you can research many photographers in your area. Look through a photographers portfolio and other couple’s images online. Each photographer will have a distinct style. You will see words from traditional to photojournalistic. Black and white, color and sepia tone print options. Just look for photos you like and write their name down. If you don’t like the look then move on.
Look for ways to provide value added. Know that you are the expert in your field, and you have a lot of relevant knowledge that would be interesting to other people that are looking for information. For example, if you are a tuscany wedding photographer, don’t only provide information about your services and costs. Think about what type of information a bride would be searching for – checklists, decorating ideas, ideas for photo poses, etc. If you provide a few tips, you’ll be a resource to the bride, and she’ll be more likely to think of you when she’s ready to book the photographer!
You can ask the florist to make you up a cheap throwing bouquet, with flight in mind. This saves your main bouquet, in case you want to keep it or give it as a present.
It is a simple fact of life that with the arrival of digital cameras, many people now call themselves a “photographer”. Over recent years there has been an explosion of people offering their services as wedding photographers, many of who have never received any training, have no insurance, do not use professional equipment and do not have sufficient backups in place to cater for any eventuality.
Wedding photos are not meant to make a portfolio for a modelling career. Hence, make sure you don’t look stiff in the attempt to look good. Of course, on your wedding pictures you have to look good. But wedding is more about happiness and fun. Hence, be happy and keep smiling while the snaps are taken (and beauty will automatically follow). Even if you look funny in some of them it is alright. Years later funny images are more cherished than posing ones.