Put on your seatbelts, 'cause this past wedding season has given me- besides amazing clients and beautiful photos to share with the world- lots of content for my client education blog posts.
There are many GREAT blog posts by photography studios all over the internet written with the purpose of adjusting the expectations of clients looking for wedding photographers and for general learning. Yet despite this, I find that many prospective brides and grooms don't come across these posts. While they're Google searching wedding vendors in the tri-state area, pinning flower arrangements and centerpieces on Pinterest, or scrolling Instagram hashtags for #mountainweddings, they're not looking for how to choose the best for THEIR circumstances, how to make their day run more smoothly, or anything of that matter.
(This is why I think it's important for every photographer to write educational blog posts on their website, even if they've already seen the content themselves elsewhere. Because you want your future brides and grooms to LEARN, and what a better way to do that than to educate where they are already looking... BUT this is a different type of education directed at photographers, so I should probably save that for another blog post!)
So here I am giving you some tips first hand so you don't have to open up another tab and Google search your heart away!
Wedding Tip #3: IT'S NOT JUST ABOUT THE PHOTOS (although that's a big part of it!)
What do I mean by that? I'm going to be real straight with you- a photographer can be so amazingly talented, photograph the most BEAUTIFUL, breathtaking photographs...but if you don't like him or her as a person, your experience with them will taint how you view your own photos looking back.
If your photographer is terrible with communication while you're a major stickler for it, if he or she rubs you the wrong way when you meet with them, if he or she is unwilling to work with any requests you have, FIND SOMEONE YOU MESH WITH.
I can't tell you how vital it is to have a good relationship with your photographer. As you may have seen written already in many other locations, your wedding photographer will be with you the MOST out of all the vendors you have selected for the day (I really feel like I had to put that in bold to get the message across). They will be with you when you're shedding tears of joy (or possibly frustration), they will be guiding you along the way leading up to the big day and ON that day as well, and they will be capturing and handing over to you one of the most treasured possessions you can get from such a monumental moment in your life. You DON'T want to pick someone you don't like for this type of job.
So as I've said in the past and I'll say it again, get to know your photographer. Some busy photographers might disagree with me, but even chat with him or her on the phone, or have a quick Skype meet if you are not local enough to meet up. Don't dive in blindly head first just because he or she is available and you're in love with the photos and the budget aligns.
Take enough time to feel out the vibe, the connection you have together. Trust me, you will not regret it.