The purpose of meeting with a couple is essentially to see if we are a good match. If I am going to be there most of the day on the most important event in their lives up to that point, there has to be a connection. Choosing your photographer is much like choosing your GP or hairdresser, since they are likely to continue to document important events in your life in years to come. It is therefore essential to develop a good relationship and make sure that we get along well and have that essential connection.
Beautiful images are not going to happen if we don’t connect!
I like to find out more about a couple so we would most definitely chat about other things besides wedding photography. As they talk I form an idea of who they are and what their expectations are for their big day. It is important for me to be open and honest about what can be done and what is going to be a challenge. If you are getting married in winter time and you insist of having the ceremony after 4pm, you should know that it will be dark by the time you exit the chapel and beautiful, back lit images of the two of you basked in golden light is not going to happen. A couple will then either have to adapt their timing or be prepared that their images are going to be different to what they have seen on my blog.
Once we are on the same page and the connection is there, I know I can provide a couple with amazing images. I don’t need to impress clients with my achievements, fancy studio and marketing materials because then I’m not serving the client. To me it’s all about the work and building a relationship. I love my job, I am there to capture the emotions on one of the happiest days in a couple’s lives, but it is not just a job, it is a way of life and to take on the wrong clients would be just as bad for me as it would be for them. That is why a meeting, even via Skype is always a good idea to ensure that we have that essential connection.
Now I want to let you in on a little secret – ALL photographers offer the same albums, use the same labs and create with the same design tools. They might tell you otherwise, that their albums and products are the best, but the truth is that it is essentially all similar. And if your heart is set on a product that you saw somewhere else, any good photographer will know where to find it for you. What I am trying to say is that you should not base your decision on an album or any product for that matter, but base it solely on the work and the personality of the photographer you are meeting with.
The only consideration for you should be that the photographer whose work you love is consistent across a few years of weddings and that they have been doing this long enough to truly have the skill to perform under pressure. There is no excuse not to do your homework by looking through an entire site, checking out social media pages and get an idea of their status in the industry. Are they respected by both their clients and their peers? Having said that, if you disregard all the hype, fancy websites and marketing ploy and ask yourself: Does the work amaze you?? If so, set up a meeting to find out if the personality goes hand in hand with the work.
Till next time when I will be giving you more tips on how to choose your photographer.