Posted on March 5th, 2012
With springtime and summer approaching quickly the demand for photographers is in high pursuit for weddings. A beautiful day for a loving couple one major aspect of wedding planning is finding the right photographer on a budget. This can be very stressful for a couple and must be met with an open mind for the couple as well as the photographer. These following tips can help with any relationship that photographer may have with a betrothed couple.
First, understand that this day is important to everyone involved. Communicating with the couple and those involved with planning is the key ingredient for business. Be honest with your couple if you do not feel comfortable or do not have the experience in capturing special shots they wish to have. Remember that it is their day and you work for them. More and more wedding problems that arise typically involve the photographer and most of the time it is due to no communication. Understand that word of mouth is usually one of the best ways that a photographer’s experience is advertised.
Second, if you do not feel comfortable just yet for such a demanding professional job, then start small. Booking such events as birthday parties or family reunions can give you the experience you need for large parties such as a wedding. Something to remember about weddings is that there are no reshoots; there is no way to call back the client to adjust the photo. Practicing events such as the ones mentioned above cannot be as stressful as a wedding and can also give you the experience you need.
Third, once you have booked your wedding gig, take a moment and go to location before the event to become comfortable with the surroundings. This is an easy way that you can become comfortable and be able to have an understanding of any settings you may need to adjust on the big day. It is better to be prepared than unprepared.
Most importantly, relax. Take deep breathes and take your time. If you find your wedding gig to be a large event, assign an assistant to help with the event and allow you to focus on the shots rather than on something else.
Just remember that this day is about the couple but you are one of the most important elements in a wedding. Communication and being prepared can help any photographer with this beautiful day.