Do you want to become an in-demand wedding photographer? Well, then there are some red flags you should avoid to get more wedding contracts to come your way. On paper, wedding photography might seem like an easy cash grab. You go to the wedding, set up your equipment, take pictures of the couple, their family and friends, use services to process those images, and then deliver it to your clients. However, there are some dos and don’ts that you, as a photographer, should take note of, to stay alive in the business. Simply having good gear won’t get you far in the business. Here are some of the wedding photography mistakes to avoid by a photographer in order to stay relevant in the photography business.
Have you heard of the idiom- ‘Too many cooks spoil the soup’? That saying applies to almost every aspect of life. If someone is hiring you to take pictures of their wedding, it is because they want your professional expertise to get the best service they could ask for. So, stop listening to everyone, and trust your instinct as a photographer to do what you think is right. You will meet multiple people at a wedding, all telling you what to do with your camera. Remember, none of them have the skill that you possess. Try to assert your authority when it comes to what photographs to take and from which angle to take those photographs.
Poses are something that should be finalized well in advance. You do not want to be the cause of a scene because of a disagreement regarding poses during the wedding. Meet the bride and groom in-advance and finalize the poses to avoid any confusion during the day of the wedding. Remember, the wedding you participate in is also ripe with fresh clients for you to tap into. As such, a public discord won’t be good for your business.
Not signing a wedding contract is an amateur mistake that many experienced photographers make. A contract becomes a legally binding agreement that states important information like the amount you are supposed to be paid for your work, the number of photos you will click and deliver to the client, etc. Not having a contract can make you vulnerable to fraud. Discuss all of the crucial details of your agreement in advance, like the time you will give for your client’s photographs, how many photos you will print, etc. This will you avoid any problems in the future.
The day of the wedding can bring with it a lot of chaos. It might find it difficult to navigate throughout the event without any help. Of course, you won’t find any help from the couple or their core relatives, hence get your own help. Better yet, you can get acquainted with someone close to the wedding from the client’s side that can easily help you set-up your equipment and guide you through the venue in the initial minutes of the wedding. Once you have the place locked down in your memory, you can carry on with your job.
A wedding has so many firsts that a couple wants to capture on film. The first kiss, first looks, first dance, etc. All of these moments should be captured on film when the moment arises. For this to be possible, you have to focus on the bride and groom in the initial hours of the wedding. A wandering focus will cost you these images that are precious to the couple and were probably the reason they decided to hire you in the first place. Simply put, so not miss any of the couple’s firsts.
Now here is a travesty, and a sign of gross incompetence. A wedding can last for hours, and there are a lot of pictures you are supposed to capture. As such, one or two memory simply won’t be enough to capture the entire event. You, as a wedding photographer, should be ready for everything. Prepare for the worst by having extra memory cards in your arsenal when the need arises.
Simply having modern equipment doesn’t make you a great photographer. With that logic, everyone on Instagram could become a professional photographer. You also need to learn about the recent trends taking place in modern wedding photography. Using the same old techniques will make your photos look stale and push clients away from your business. Read and study about what the new trends are and apply them to your practice.
Avoiding all of the above mistakes will guarantee you become a hot wedding photographer in the business. So much of this art is about amplifying the happiest day of somebody’s life. With your photography, you can ruin it, or make it a day they are going to remember for the rest of their lives. We hope you do the latter.