Knowing the Importance of your Wedding Photographer

March 21, 2019  •  Leave a Comment




"Just remember... The cake gets eaten, the flowers will die, but your wedding photos last forever..."

 

As wedding photographers, we go above and beyond to create the best experience for our bride and groom. We have always had incredible experiences with our brides, but we have heard some hard stories from other photographers about couples that didn’t exactly know how to treat them well. We’ve been thinking a lot  about this subject, and we believe it’s a really important part of your engagement and wedding process – knowing the importance of your wedding photographer!

 

Helpful Tips 


  • Thank them in your long list of thank you’s. When you’re doing your speech, thank your photographer for being there to capture it. Honor them for what they’ve done for you the whole day. Photographers don't get breaks and are on their feet for up to 12 hours or more capturing your event. Prior to your event, your photographer has more than likely already done your engagement session among various paperwork and collecting information as well as billing for your event. Planning is involved to ensure creative photographs and portraits. A photographer is your most important vendor that you have secured. Your photographer will create a lifetime of memories, yours to keep and cherish forever. 

  • Give them a meal. Don’t forget to write down your photographers to get a meal, if you’re having a catered sit down meal. And give them a table! Most likely they will appreciate sitting away from the guests, because the 15 minutes of eating is their only time the whole day without constant interaction. The quiet will energize them again for the next planned event on your itinerary. Remember, photographers are on the go all day, they need and appreciate that down time to relax for a moment and may also need time to organize some gear for the next part of your event. 

  • Write to them after your wedding day. Even if it’s just a quick text, and even if you haven’t seen any of their photos yet. Let them know you loved them being there, you enjoyed their personality, or that your guests can’t stop raving about them! Offer to write a review, word of mouth is a huge influence on small business, and they will absolutely appreciate it.

  • If they send you highlight photos, RESPOND to them! It’s amazing how many people don’t respond (I’ve been a bride, I know how hard it can be to find words to text/email back, and it’s easy to get swept up in the excitement without letting the photographer know what you think). Give them a ton of encouragement and let them know which photo you loved the most! A photographer takes many hours of diligently going through thousands of photos and picking out the feature photos of your event and editing each and every one by hand. To edit one photo can take up to 20 mins. As a wedding photographer, it takes me nearly 35 hours for an engagement, that is to shoot, edit and return, weddings - 12 hours + one full week of editing x 12 hours per day. Let that sink in a minute.

  • Send them a thank you gift, no matter how small, or a greeting card.  I know what you’re thinking – but I paid them! The gift can simply be a handwritten note telling them how much you loved the photos, the wedding favor you gave your guests on the day, the thank you card you send your other guests, or a personalized gift to let them know you appreciate them and all the hard work they did for you.

  • Have respectful boundaries. Don’t expect your photographer to respond to your emails, texts or comments on social media at 11pm at night.

  • Tip your photographer. With so many wedding expenses, gratuities can add up, and it's easy to lose track of what's expected. Here's when, how and what to tip each of your wedding vendors.

    When to Tip: Tip your photographer at the end of the reception.The Standard: $50–$200 per Wedding Vendor. Tipping is Optional. You're not expected to give your photographers or vendors any money beyond their normal fees. But if the wedding photographer own the studio, consider tipping each person (or give a certain amount with a thank-you note to disperse to your wedding vendor + staff). 

 


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