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.
A tripod. This is essential, especially for the obligatory group shots and the more formal shots of the bride and groom. As I said before sharpness is the key here. Do not rely on hand-holding. If you do both you and your clients will be disappointed and they will not recommend you to their friends losing you business. So buy a tripod if you don’t have one and get used to using it.
It is not unusual for photographers to work on a “first come, first served” basis and there is nothing worse than doing all the hard work only to find that someone booked your date 2 hours earlier.
TOO MUCH SALES PITCH. Every photographer can tell you great things about themselves and so they ought to. But in your first wedding consultation, look for photographers who have an interest in YOU. A good photographer will need to know the kinds of photos you are interested in and what you are looking for in a destination wedding photographer italy. A photographer who asks you lots of questions about your wedding and your preferences will probably listen to you and have a better sense what you are looking for.
It never fails to amaze me that photographers still attend a wedding with only ONE camera! If that camera breaks down what are they going to do? Pop out their mobile phone and carry on shooting? We always bring a full range of backup equipment to every wedding. For example, we bring backup digital cameras, extra storage cards, a laptop, blank discs, spare batteries and a portable studio if the weather is wet and we have to shoot indoors.
The photographer may come highly recommended, but if you do not like him, and is not able to build a good rapport with him, you may not enjoy the process, which will reflect in your pictures.
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.