When planning your wedding, it’s always a good idea to speak with previous newlyweds, vendors, etc., about some of the mistakes and issues they may have experienced so that you can avoid them.
After all, learning from your own mistakes is one thing, but it’s like they say, the wise learn from the mistakes of others, and as NY / NJ wedding photographers who’ve been in the business for years, we’ve come across our share.
1. The wedding photography takes precedence over the wedding.
It’s no secret that your wedding photographers will eventually be showing off the pictures they take of your big day to future potential clients. It’s one of the reasons hiring professionals as opposed to enlisting the help of amateur photographer friends is the better bet.
Friends won’t be worried about building their portfolio while the pros will want to get the best images possible for their own sake. But the thing is, that’s a fine line to walk. Yes, you want your photographers to capture all your big day’s special moments, but not to interrupt or distract from them.
And that’s one of the most common and damaging sins a wedding photographer can make, putting their portfolio above your wedding, whether that means interrupting a special moment to make an adjustment for a better picture, positioning themselves for a better photo right in front of guests, etc.
2. The wedding photographers close communication lines.
As wedding photographers in NY and NJ who’ve been at it for a while, we’ve heard it from clients a lot. They come to us because the photographers they were going to work with all but disappeared.
Cutting off communication is another one of the worst sins a wedding photographer, or any wedding vendor for that matter, can commit, and it says everything about who they are. They got you to commit and that’s all they ever cared about.
But every vendor knows how many moving parts there are to any wedding. Things change, opinions change, desires change, etc., and your communication with your photographers shouldn’t end once they get your business. In fact, if anything, it should only become more open and honest.
3. They go from storytellers to participators.
We don’t just do wedding photography in NY and NJ. We do videography as well, so we’ve worked with plenty of other photographers and another one of the worst sins a photographer can commit, which we’ve seen firsthand, is behaving more like a guest than a professional.
It’s tempting, of course. It is a wedding, after all. Everyone’s laughing and dancing and enjoying themselves, and no one’s saying that your photographers can’t have a good time. It’s just that they need to have a good time being wedding photographers, not wedding guests.
Remember, you didn’t just hire them to document all the important details but to help tell your and your partner’s love story as well. That takes attention and creative thinking, so that’s where their focus should be. If they have a good time in that process, then good for them.
How can you avoid these wedding photography sins?
First and foremost, before making any decisions, look at the reviews and testimonials from previous couples and, if you can, reach out to a few of them to see how their experience went with the photographers.
And when you meet with your photographers in person—which we highly recommend—take note of the way they treat and communicate with you, and ask the right questions. For more on what those questions are and some other tips, check out this post, The All-In-One Guide to Finding Wedding Photographers for Your Big Day.
About Us: Live Picture Studios is composed of a team of experienced NY / NJ wedding photographers, videographers, and editors who’ve been making memories magical in the NY, NJ, PA, and CT area for years with dazzling wedding photos and videos. Check out our photo gallery and video gallery for some examples.