Top Mistakes Wedding Photographers Make That Must Be Avoided
Admittedly, there are some wedding photographers who came into the field of wedding photography with little to no prior knowledge of the business. Thus, they tend to commit some serious mistakes as to how they practice their profession. This piece deals with some of these mistakes so they could be avoided or corrected for the sake of their profession and the wedding photography industry as a whole.
- Not providing a legal contract for wedding photography services
Photography is a fun and potentially rewarding career, but you cannot be a successful photographer if you do not take of the legal matters of your business. If you want to be a professional photographer like Heather Finocchiaro you must readily provide needed legal documents. Most important among these is the contract or agreement of services wherein the details of the service you provide are written in black and white. This is so that you and the client have an understanding of what you can or cannot provide as a photographer, not to mention avoid possible legal headaches along the way. Also, many clients prefer to deal with photographers who can provide a contract.
- Not limiting the hours of work nor charging for extra time
Having a proper agreement in place will also help you define the scope of work that is expected of you. What if the plan for the day was for a four hour event but due to various reasons the day became twice as long? Are you expected to stay for the same rate you agreed on? Limiting the hours of work and setting the possible extra charges for the extra time will help make your work easier on your end.
- Buying the “best” camera that you do not need.
There is nothing wrong with wanting the best camera available, especially for your profession. Just don’t let it come to a point in the future that you will realize that the camera is too much for what you need and you will regret spending that much for the camera in the process. The point here is this: buy the camera that best serves your needs, and those needs do not require a top of the line, expensive camera. After all, your work will be judged by the images you produce and not the model of your camera.
- Bringing ego to the job
Then there is that ego problem a number of photographers sadly have. They think highly of themselves because they get to make people look good. Keep in mind that wedding photography is not about you. It is about two people getting married and you are the one chosen to document the most important day of their life. Better leave that ego at home and come with an open heart and open mind.
- Agreeing to work with another team without coordination
There are those instances that we may be requested or forced to work with another team. The bride might book you but the groom’s family have booked their own photographer. Both have their own work attitudes and do not wish for the other team to mind them and vice versa, a recipe for disaster in the making there. It is very important in such cases to make sure both teams are coordinated, like splitting the responsibilities between the two teams and cover for one another if necessary.
- Giving all the images you shot, including the unflattering ones
As a wedding photographer, you should expect that of the hundreds of photos you will take on the wedding day, not every photo will turn out great. It is your job to make sure you the photos you select to give to your client couple are the best. Including the unflattering ones does not make you a competent documentarian. Rather, you will be perceived as sloppy for being careless that you took those ugly shots, serving as a blemish to your career. And you cannot let that happen.
- Not paying enough attention to post production
Somewhat related to the previous point, because not all photos will look perfect after shooting the image, the importance of post-production must be repeatedly emphasized. Some photographers abhor doing post-production because they feel it makes them less than skilled photographers which is not the case. Some photos may not look that good but can still look stunning with the help of post-production, saving the image from being wasted and make your clients happy too.