A wedding photographer should be chosen not only for portfolio... The quality of photographs is, of course, an important factor, but far from the only one.
The idea for this article came from working and observing colleagues.
Photographer - a specialist working in the service sector, who communicates closely with people at very important moments in life (be it a wedding, birthday, christening, etc.). This implies a number of requirements for his work and behavior at such events.
- Appearance... As they say, they are greeted by their clothes. Repeatedly watched photographers and cameramen filming at Registry office or on a walk, in shorts and flip flops. How will such people look in a restaurant where guests are dressed in suits and evening dresses? It would seem an obvious thing, but the concept of a dress code is absent from many.
- Manner of communication... There is a saying that the toastmaster entertains the newlyweds and guests in the restaurant, and before that his function is performed by a photographer. This is partly true, since the photographer accompanies and guides the couple all day. At the same time, it is very important that it is comfortable to be near him and pleasant to talk to.
- Discipline... There are people who are always late and do not feel the time. Such a photographer may be 30-40 minutes late for the appointed time and feel calm. Then he can delay the walk for an hour and a half. Because of such shifts, the schedule of the wedding day is disrupted, which is already planned out to the smallest detail. Late weddings are common, but not the photographer's fault.
- Attitude to work... Not all people realize that they are at work. Someone can afford to have a good drink in a restaurant, skip the shooting of the first dance, and then give advice to the newlyweds about their wedding night. It happens. Responsibility and discipline are as important here as in any other profession.
Therefore, before booking a photographer or videographer for a wedding it is imperative to hold a personal meeting and make sure that in front of you is the person to whom you are ready to entrust the shooting of an important and responsible event.