BUILDING A RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Your wedding photographer is one of the main vendors you interact with the most on your wedding day. They are part of intimate and romantic moments between you and your new husband. So we’d like to share an insight on how we build relationships with our couples before the wedding. Not everyone is comfortable in front of the camera, so it is very helpful to have a relationship with the people who are behind it.
THE COUPLE’S STORY
The first thing we ask our couples is how they met and what they are passionate about. We love getting to know them and their relationship first and foremost. This allows us to capture their personalities as accurately as possible and it also is so fun to discover common interests and connect over mutual friends and experiences.
THE WEDDING & PHOTOGRAPHY STYLE
We then ask about their wedding. Logistical questions first – the venue, time, and date; and then the ‘important stuff’ such as their theme and style. We ask them where they are in their planning process and what their priorities are (e.g. photography, reception, ceremony, etc). Next comes their photography style; do they prefer formal pictures or more candid ones, light and airy or dark and moody? We want to be sure that we are a good fit for them so they will be happy with their photos! If it seems like we aren’t quite the look they are going for, we refer them to one of our photographer colleagues; it is super important to us that we book clients that we can serve well!
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
It is essential to do your engagement session with your wedding photographer! This is a great time to get to know one another and become comfortable shooting together. The photographer needs to learn how you feel in front of the camera so they can help you overcome any insecurities. The couple will also learn the ‘commands’ and poses the photographer is likely to give them on the actual wedding day, which makes the wedding photos MUCH easier and faster! You know exactly what to do when your photographer says “Okay, assume your position” and no time is wasted! Overall, it’s just a fun time to hang out with our couples and see them interact with one another in a stress-free environment. We love these sessions so much we include them free in most of our wedding packages!
We also meet with the couple a few weeks before the wedding to make sure we are aware of every detail we need to know and answer any last questions they may have. We walk through the photography timeline for the day together so that everyone is on the same page and knows what to expect!
BUILDING THE RELATIONSHIP
We are sticklers about staying in touch with our couples during the months between the first meeting and their wedding. Photographers are often well connected with other vendors, and we can be an excellent resource.
We follow most of our clients on social media, which makes it super easy and fun to keep up with what’s going on in their lives. Instagram is a cool tool for building friendships with people you don’t see often. We especially love keeping up with our couples after the wedding; we are already seeing baby announcements from some of our couples!
Personally, we are always available to them as well. We hold their hands and answer any questions they have and we are always easily accessible to them by text or email. Our hope is to overshadow the stresses of wedding planning. During our timeline meeting with them, we listen to our clients and make it about them, what they want, what they dont want and we really listen to their needs and special circumstances. We want their day to go as smoothly as possible and that love and joy would be the leading emotions as they celebrate their marriage. By this point, we truly care for our clients and just want to see them happy!
We love taking the time to really get to know her couples. This allows them to feel comfortable working with us. Working with us during the engagement session we spend some time getting to know you as individuals, as a couple and we have a little fun, while making you feel like a rockstar and without the time constraints of a wedding day timeline. You’ll be spending a lot of time with your photographer on wedding day, so a great relationship with them is a must!