This topic has been on my mind from last few months and finally I am punching keys to frame my experience and thoughts into this post. In my opinion the post will help not only the couples but wedding photographers as well. Weddings especially in India are big extravagant affair which requires a lot of immaculate planning and detailing. Wedding photography has emerged as one of the key areas of wedding planning. The couples are spending a lot time, energy and money to choose the best for their big day. You may choose the best destination wedding photographer available. (Well how to choose to a wedding photographer will be on some other day) But how do you make sure that you get the best out of his services. There are some simple but effective ways which can ensure that. Interestingly it does not require any extra spending.
We all infamously know and believe that we are hiring an artist/s. As a wedding photographer he or she has a unique style of capturing the weddings. Well this is certainly true but there is another aspect which is attached to artists, it is the inspiration, no matter what their art form is. There can be some easy and indirect ways to inspire, motivate and generate that “special” interest in your photographer. Most of the photographers look forward to weddings that help them go extra edge. They want to create something special and surpass their own previous work. Let me highlight few but essential areas that can be helpful to you.
1. Communication : One of the key area which unintentionally lags is the communication between the couple and photographer. If you find that your photographer is available on email/phone whenever you need him, make sure you try to respond to his queries as well. Keeping him informed is the key. He will always feel connected.
2. Accommodation : Most of the couples prefer to arrange accommodation for their personal wedding photographers. This is actually good and lots of photographers want that. It eliminates the need for managing the logistics and concentrates more on creative and artistic part of the wedding. So where is the catch? Always try to book accommodation at the venue or near the venue. If the photographer ends up traveling 1 hour drive due to traffic or distance, he is not only wasting his energy but the time as well. Imagine if there is one event in the morning and the next one in the late evening and he will end up commuting anywhere close to 2-3 hours.
3. Delays : Delay in Indian wedding is almost inevitable. Personally speaking I have been fortunate to cover few weddings which were so well planned that there was hardly any delays. But no matter how immaculately we plan, there can be delays. If you feel you are running behind the schedule, call your photographer. Keep him informed. You can take help from one of your friends/cousins and assign the responsibility of interacting/helping him.
4. Events : Most of the candid photographers like to look into the details and all the events that are required to be covered. The best quote you have been offered is based upon those details. If there is change in plan, do talk to your photographer. Don’t surprise (or shock) him with new revelations when he reaches your city. He might feel cheated. You don’t want that “special” interest to fizz out.
These are just indicators that can keep the photographer in a happy place in terms of his mind and planning. Though the photographer’s shooting style will remain the same, he will bring that extra edge to his photography owing to little things that can make hell lot of a difference.
By Navdeep Soni
Author: Navdeep Soni is a wedding photojounalist based in Pune but is generally found traveling on interesting assignments. He can be contacted at [email protected]