Mistakes when Choosing the Right Photographer

Female wedding photographer Wedding without photographers is like serving yourself a high class dinner that you’ll only have once in your life without taking a picture first. You don’t want to miss important moments that you want to show off to others. In order to keep and show the best of your wedding, you would want to carefully make your choice.

Many married couples have chosen their photographers, and these are some mistakes they made:

Gender Bias

Female wedding photographer? It is a rare job that female choose, yet, some of you might be shunning this bias. Is this still something that’s so common to be addressed?

Sadly, yes. Many people tend to assume that male photographers are ‘better and work harder’ than women. This tendency brings people to value male more compared to female. They may also draw this conclusion by saying that there are many famous musicians and artists from the past that are males. Well, apparently, women were disregarded during those moments, which is the only reason that males artwork and masterpieces are more appreciated.

Female wedding photographer should not be your ‘backup plan’. Regard their skills and professionalism just like how you’d do to male, because the only thing a female wedding photographer is lacking is strength if compared to the opposite sex.

Little to no communication

It happens! Really, many people of different backgrounds have different approach to this, but there are people that assume you should just come to venue, take pictures, and then go home. Send the album when you’re done.

Well, please, don’t do that. You want quality pictures, you tell them what you want. Photographers have their own style and way of taking pictures. Also, by doing this you can warm up to each other so that during the wedding you’ll be more comfortable to each other.

You can conduct interview sessions with your potential choices first. Talk to them and ask what kind of pictures they take and their experiences in doing wedding photography. Whether you are taking pictures during the wedding, pre-wedding pictures or both, ask them are they familiar with the job and the place that the pictures will be taken.

Photographer knows-it-all.

They’re not God, they don’t know what is it that you like. If there are any particular style, place or props that you want, tell them about it. Ask if it is possible to do the things you want during the photography session at least the day before. Depending on the place, it could be dangerous or unsuitable.

This also apply if the photographers themselves don’t seem to be showing personal interest in your wedding and just went ahead on mentioning prices and packages (though they are also important to consider). A photographer that wants to know about you and tell you about the pictures he or she imagines before offering the prices are better.

These are mistakes that one should avoid while looking for your photographers. Remember that your wedding only last a day or two, but your photos will last forever with your spouse, so do not make a choice of someone that will create disappointing pictures of a lifetime!

Event Photography Tips to Remember

event photographyBeing in charge of a photographer in an event means you have to capture all the important shows and parts of the party in the middle of the many things that are going on at once. It can be overwhelming if you are not used to it and you can’t decide on your priority. If you are hitting this article here, it could mean that you want some advice or tips to help you with, possibly, your first job on being a photographer for an event, be it a small, not-so-grand party of 10 people or a big party with hundreds of important people attending.

Ask if you are not sure.

You definitely do not want to come up as looking inexperience and trying to look professional. But there are things that you will always need to ask on every project. Not even pro will skip this step, because it is also essential in showing that you, as the event photographer, want to know about the party and that you are responsible about giving the best result to your client.

Place and time

Definitely. I mean, what would you be doing if you don’t even have any idea of where and when it’s going to happen? Make time to visit beforehand so you can get an idea of the color theme, type of lightning and places where you can move to make the shot.

Type of party

What kind of party is it? House? Celebration? Something political? With this you can decide the kind of emotion you want to capture through your lenses.

Guests

Aside from the number of guests, which will give you a rough image of how big the party will be, inquire about the key guests that you need to pay attention to. Note them and if possible, before the party, ask for a picture on each of them so you can start grabbing pictures once they enter the party. Google for them if they have pictures of themselves featured on blogs or sites.

Party schedule

If you can get a hold of the complete schedule of the party, you will be able to know when to move where to get the best shot of the event. Incorporate this with your VVIP guest lists, such as their emotions, reactions or simply them watching attentively.

Wear like a guest

You are, technically, attending the party, as a photographer. So, you should not come with excuses like you’re working as event photography professional here, so you want to wear the most comfortable clothes you can find. If it is a casual party, you’ll do fine, but if it is a formal party, wear like you are attending one. Show professionalism and manners, because you are also paying respect to your clients, the holder of the party. Not to mention that everyone there could be someone in need of your service next.

Focus on your job

It’s tempting to get a bit on that cake and a little sip on that wine, but you are working. Most parties provide food for the guests and being hungry can really be distracting with food around you. So, to prevent such embarrassing moment, you should already had your dinner/lunch before the event. If you know how long the event would, you can guess if you will be able to hold back your hunger or not. If it’s too long, bring some snacks that can be finished quickly and get back to your job immediately.

With these tips, you should be able to nail your first job as an event photographer. Lastly, do not worry too much, and just go with it!