Of late Faith & I have had quite the wedding roller coaster. Shooting weddings is the greatest experience ever & we are grateful though we learnt a things or two along the way that we would love to share. Along the way we have realised, that there exists this relationships that brides have with their vendors (Service Providers). Well, let me speak for photography, since that is what we do 🙂
The way a bride treats & relates with the person charged with documenting the most special day in her life is of utmost importance. From my experience in shooting weddings I have realised that the weddings I shot best are the ones, Faith & I knew the bride on a personal note. Like we was friends & not just us being some distant service providers. Thus I came up with some tips for soon to be brides to ensure that they have a personal relationship with their wedding photographer .
1. Ensure you know & have met the person who is shooting your wedding. If you are working with a Wedding Photography company, ensure that you meet the photographer charged with documenting your wedding.
2. Meet them at least twice & go through the motions of your wedding…if time allows, also have an unofficial meeting where you just hang around & chat 🙂
3. Value them & call them by their name…Please call me Ben & not the photoguy/dude/grapher!!! It sucks…know their name & use it!
4. Once the wedding is done, the photos you have will be probably your only memory, thus you cannot afford to treat the person entrusted with this honour like they don’t matter.
5. Don’t go all Bridezilla’ on your photographer/vendor. When you hire a photographer, you are hiring an artist. A micro-control freak ruins the whole party. Even though you may have a must-take shot list, let the photography have creative control & trust them to do a good job.
6. Do not salvage time from your timeline by cutting down the photographers time. I have felt very special when the bride says that we will go by Ben’s timing & we will be here till he gets what he wants. (That ultra-special moment!!)
7. Food! yes food. It is good to ensure that the photographer’s needs are taken care of. I once had a bride call me to the high-table & insist that I stop & have a meal. Oh, what will not make me go out of my way to ensure that she gets the best shots possible.
8. Care about their personal life too! one time not so long ago, Faith & I had to move our traditional ceremony to shoot a wedding & the bride & groom were so concerned & really thanked us for the sacrifice profusely. Let me tell you! (The Kenyan me :)) that wedding Faith & I went out of our way to give our very best!
Me with Carol & Makenzie. Really awesome people they are…
Hope the post cast more light on this vendor/personal relationship thingy. It is good to realize that as a bride; knowing & relating with your wedding photographer on a personal level will go a long way to setting up the stage to timeless & priceless wedding images.