The most important thing that a Wedding Photographer can do for their client is to have good rapport with their client. If you come across someone you dont warm to immediately then forget it. Your wedding day can be stressful enough without some squeezer ordering you around for no good reason.
Good rapport is the single most important factor to ensuring you get the wedding photos that you want, without it the photographer will be left to their own devices and their own style may not be what you are seeking or have asked for.
So how have I overcome this, over the years? Well as you know it is impossible to hit it off with everyone, all of the time. However I have a very good track record and enhance my initial rapport with a pre-wedding photography session. We include this in the cost of their package and usually do the session at the location/s that they have chosen for the Wedding Photos.
This gives us a dry run so to speak. Maybe the location isnt as good as we first thought, maybe there is some construction going on that we didnt know about. There are several really good reasons to do a recon of the site close to the day.
Having the bride and groom along at the same time also enables them to have further input to the style and type of photos that they are seeking. Looking at these photos with your photographer, will confirm that you are happy with your chosen style, and to make any adjustments necessary.
HAVE YOU DONE THIS BEFORE?
When people book us for their wedding photographers one of the questions that we ask them is: Have you ever been photographed professionally before? 90% of the time the couple look at each other and say No.
This for us as photographers raises many points. The first is this: If you have never been photographed professionally then you will be in for a bit of a shock, it is actually work.
Being posed and positioned in uncomfortable ways and places isnt really much fun, in fact often the subjects wonder why the photographers are doing and asking what they are. If you have never been through it, it is sure to be very foreign.
Our experience has shown that the best way to overcome this is with the pre-wedding photo session mentioned earlier.
I think by now you are starting to see why good rapport is so important to helping you relax whilst being photographed.
Imagine if you just went ahead and booked a Wedding Photographer not knowing how they worked and on the day you found that they were very bossy. Worse still, imagine if you found out on the day that they were very passive and not bossy enough?
You have vested so much time and dedication into your big day the last thing you want is the photographer spoiling it for you, if that happens then you really have no one else to blame but yourself.
After a pre-wedding photography session and after building a good level of rapport between everyone involved my clients always go away feeling confident in what to expect on their wedding day. There are no surprises, no misunderstandings of what is being done or why and there is never any more confusion about what the client is seeking. This has been a winning formula for my business for many years and continues today.
Now can you see why rapport is so important? Without it there will be many uncomfortable feelings for the bride and groom and that can go a long way to spoiling your day. If your initial gut feeling tells you that you dont like the photographer before you then forget it.
Good luck in your search for that elusive wedding photographer, and may your marriage be a long and lasting one.