Top 10 Things Couples Want From Their Photographer
by Jack Saady
So you are getting married and there are so many things to do. You have
the hall, your dress, flowers, and invitations and now it comes time to
hire your photographer.
After doing some research on the web and hanging out on different
wedding sites I have found that most brides are looking for more
or less the same things. What follows is sort of a wish list of
things couples want from their wedding photographer.
10. Negatives - One thing that couples want these days is the
opportunity to purchase or have included in their package the
option to buy the negatives or (in the case of digital) the digital
files. Many couples feel that they should be able to make as many
re-prints as they would like, whenever they want. While many photographers
do offer their negatives, many do not and feel that the labs that
they use will be able to give a higher quality print rather than
just taking a negative to the local drug store for printing. In
addition, many photographers will sell their negatives after a
certain amount of time, for example a year after your wedding
9. Black and White - Everything old is new again. Almost all
couples want a mixture of color and black and white. Black and
white gives that photojournalistic look to a photograph as well
as a fine art look. If your photographer is shooting digital,
any photograph can be converted to black and white. If your photographer
is shooting film then most likely they will be shooting with B&W
and color film separately.
8. Unlimited Time - When hiring a photographer couples like to
have the security of someone who will be with them to capture
all of the wedding moments. Having unlimited time can give you
the peace of mind to know that those moments will be captured.
7. Experience - Does your photographer have the necessary experience
to handle the stresses of wedding photography? There are many
things going on at once during a wedding. The experienced photographer
knows how to bring everything together and in an orderly fashion.
6. Price - This can vary a lot and price was not the main criteria
in choosing a photographer. Prices can range from several hundred
dollars to over $10,000. At the low end are usually people who
do wedding photography part time. In wedding photography, you
usually get what you pay for. As you go up in price, so does the
art of wedding photography.
5. Professional - Being a professional means many different things
to different people. Those photographers who didn't respond in
a timely manner and/or who were rude (and amazingly, some are)
were axed off the potential list immediately. Being professional
also meant that couples wanted to know the photographers' style
and philosophy. Things that also bothered couples: rudeness, disorganization,
insulting comments about other brides or photographers and other
4. Flexibility - Brides put flexibility high on their list. To
most flexibility is key. They said, packages are nice, but a photographer
that refuses to be flexible is not going to get very far with
brides. Brides also commented that photographers get caught up
in the OLD way of doing things, and never change with the times.
Again, this relates to being flexible.
3. Style/Approach - Today couples are looking for something different;
artsy photojournalism, not the same cheesy photos. Brides are
drawn to photographers who have developed their own unique (but
consistent) artistic style/approach. Details are very important
to brides. They appreciate a photographer who focuses on details.
2. Personality - What can you really say about this. It is obvious.
When you spend upwards of 10 hours with someone on an important
day like your wedding you had better clique. Brides often said
that they just knew when they met their photographer that they
were right for each other.
1. Listen - And the number 1 thing that kept on coming up was
that brides wanted from their photographer was that they LISTEN.
This means that a photographer really heard what a bride said
before they stated speaking about the next topic. This is really
important because it is the ability to understand what a client
wants that will make a photographer really deliver what a bride
So there you have the top ten. When you go shopping for a photographer
see how he/she measures up in each of the categories listed here.
Remember, your wedding is a once in a lifetime event. Take your
time, enjoy the process and you will find the perfect photographer
Authors Name: Jack Saady
Company: JBS Photography