(Closed) Photographer experience

posted 4 years ago in Engagement
Post # 2
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324 posts
Helper bee

More candid shots

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2017

I wish my photographer had been better about guiding what photos we should take. Or even asking me. He called me about a week to discuss things and I assumed we’d talk about specific photos I wanted, but that didn’t come up. I mentioned wanting photos of our wedding party with their respective spouses/families so that they could have them as gifts…that was it. He seemed surprised i brought it up. 

I quickly realized that I had – photos of my mom and I (just large group shots) and I didn’t get one with my Mother-In-Law either. Photos during cocktail hour felt like a race against time. I think guaranteeing a meeting about 2-4 weeks before the wedding to cover such things would have been invaluable. The last 2 weeks before, coming up with such a list (unprompted) would have been nearly impossible.

 

On the flipside, I should have alot of photos with DH and candids, which I appreciate. But…yea.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

Here’s my list

1) Communication, respond promptly and clearly within a reasonable amount of time. Make sure you stick to the time lines you set forth, all business communication should always be returned within 24 hours. If your insanely busy, put an out of office auto reply on stating what the situation is and when people can expect replies. If you can communicate clearly and set firm and clear guidelines. 

2) A detailed contract. I don’t want to guess when my photos will be ready, whats included, what isn’t included and set 30 emails to questions that should be answered in my contract. Also don’t be a jerk in your contract and make sure it’s transparent.

3) Do not let yourself get corralled day of and follow instructions from anyone other than the couple unless they have previously arranged with you that someone will be directing you day of. You’re there to photograph their wedding, you’re not there to take family photos of long lost cousin ed and his 6 kids because they’re all there.

4) Be prepared to deal with crazy families, moms can be nuts, they can be even more nuts when their baaaabbby is getting married. It might be on you to corral mom away from the couple to avoid ruined photos and day. It sucks but it happens.

5) Have transparent and reasonable pricing based on your area, level of skill, experience. Do not drop your fee super low, then charge $1000 for a disk of photos, or build packages with a bunch of prints that require lots of cash. This is a digital age, couples want digital files, prints and albums are nice to have as gifts, but 95% of couples don’t care about prints and canvases they care about digital images. Prints are a nice add on for those interested, so are canvases and albums but very few people want them to the exclusion of digital.

6) Back your photography up!!! Like long term back up. I had a house flood 4 years ago, some photos from a family photo shoot 2 years before had been on my computer and computer was killed in flood. The photographer as amazing as she was only kept photos for 6 months and then rewrote over them. It was so heartbreaking for me knowing I couldn’t have a single photo from then. Your capturing peoples memories and lives, stuff can and does go horribly wrong. Please keep long term back ups.

7) Shot lists!!!! Get them to make a shot list of the shots they want, keep the shot list with you. Actually check the shot list and double check the shot list to make sure you have gotten all the shots. Couples will remember a photographer who took 10 extra minutes to make sure they got the photo they wanted with great aunty edna who travelled 7 hours to be there. They will also talk negatively about the photographer who didn’t put in effort to make sure the shot list was completed with the couple. Unless a couple wants completely documentary style, get a shot list!!!!!! 

8) Be organized, if your not naturally organized figure it out. Being organized and having a system will preserve your sanity and make sure your at the right place for the right wedding and will help your reputation a lot. 

Post # 6
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Helper bee

A reasonable turnaround time is the huge plus for me. I think everyone understands it takes a lot of time to sort through and edit that many photos, but if you are swamped and way behind on editing, don’t constantly book new clients, and then force people to wait 6 months for their photos. 

 

Post # 7
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Busy bee

I wish our photographer had reminded me to tidy up, the house was a disaster. I also wish he had requested an invitation so that he had all the pertinent information. Those two things being dropped were my fault, I would have really appreciated a reminder.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

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pdxus :  You asked a question I answered. In hindsight photo background seems obvious, I assure you it wasn’t at the time. The minutiae of the final month of planning can make one blind to surroundings. Perhaps remind was the wrong word, mentioned would be better.

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