You might be getting married (congrats, by the way) and trying to decide whether or not even to hire a wedding photographer. You might be trying to decide now on which photography professional to choose for your wedding day. You might be a wedding photographer, trying to understand the delicate and confounding psyche of those who engage in wedding planning.
Whoever you are, for your reading pleasure, check out the top myths of wedding photography as relayed by a photographer who still loves taking pictures. These are broken into three categories: a. Myths about not hiring a professional at all; b. Myths about the selection process; and c. Myths about how the photography should be done.
Is it impossible to find a good free photographer? Hey, it is your wedding day. In this situation, you can just point out to your kids, twenty years down the road, that the photographer did take these photos with really cutting edge technology, which is why you can see just so much detail of the lewd woman at your wedding with, how shall we say ‘perky’ breasts. Why would I get a photographer? Everybody and their dog has a camera (even cell phones pictures are creeping up in the ‘megapixel’ race).
At a wedding, many if not most guests bring some type of additional camera to memorialize the event (particularly things that go wrong, if they don’t like you; tears from the groom if they do). Rigorous double-blind studies have been done on the data stream to which we are referring, and they all show one thing. There might be one great photo of the bunch, of a dog at the end of the aisle that meant so much to Great Aunt Esther. Wedding photography is too expensive – why would I support an industry of so-called ‘professionals’ who only work a few hours a week. I don’t know whether to be angry or jealous.
If you think we work a few hours for a single wedding, you are fooling yourself. Those are the hours that you see us at the wedding; suffice it to say, many hours of preparation went into that particular wedding, countless hours will proceed upon the end of the wedding day in post-production. Why would you want a wedding professional like a great photographer to help you with smart referrals for all the other services you will be seeking?
While a good photographer will have worked with a spectacular cake business in previous weddings and gladly suggest that you check them out, you can spend forty-seven hours pouring over brochures featuring batman shaped carrot cakes (a theme which will certainly to take off when new brides stop and think about it). Classy websites abound among wedding photographers, for all of the obvious reasons.
Take a quick look at the photographers in your location, and I’ll bet that you find one with an impressive website, with dramatic motion and animated vines growing out of the monitor and instant chat functionality with on-demand videos and other cool technological things I don’t even know.
Well, it is not the case that I am going to suggest you develop a relationship with your photographer that you would develop with, say, the groom. A photographer ought to also be able to show up on time, dressed appropriately, converse with the guests, corral the wedding party, and so on. Otherwise, you will have the photographer who shows up at the wrong location, late, wearing her parka in the Florida summer because of her ‘extreme anti-social’ nature and a desire to photograph only the frogs near the wading pool. Check out the best build it specials.