With the Internet advancing so fast, many things are changing and uploaded to the network. We are seeing ‘guides’, ‘answers’, and ‘explanations’ everywhere. This has reached a point that we are to take everything we read online with a grain of salt.
Right now, you’ll be seeing some truths from the so-called ‘tips’ for your wedding photography. There’s a lot of revolving explanations on reportage, fine art wedding photography, as well as directions you should give your wedding photographer.
Is experience really irrelevant?
When I see people saying that couples should not be looking at experienced photographers, it’s like saying that you have no problem with paying a 5-star restaurant price for food that is cooked by an amateur.
Am I saying that those newbies are amateurs? By all means, they don’t have the proof to show that they are professionals either. So, really, experience does not matter? Think again.
They’ve dealt with more weddings than you know. Each wedding has its own problems. The fact that your wedding photographer has gone through the process and learned from it means that you have fewer things to worry about.
They know what you should know. Imagine you, right now, has no idea what to see from a wedding photographer except their portfolios. Experienced people, on the other hand, can tell you how to prevent certain things and how to help you out if there’s nothing you can do. It’s just something that experience teaches a lot.
And more. There are reasons why wise people are always related to having a beard and being older. Because spending more time in a field does make you a better person in it.
Shotlist is necessary, so your photographer won’t miss a thing
This is another funny thing I’ve heard. They said you should write a long ass list of things to shoot, probably down to the amount.
Come on, so you’re deciding what your photographer should shoot? Of course, you paid for his service, which makes you have a say in what and how he works. But, is it really necessary to go this far?
To be honest, there are enough photographers saying that this has to stop. Shotlistain’tgonna help with a thing. It screws up their schedule and feeling. Let me tell you, on their behalf, why so.
Imagine that you’re an architect working on designing the interior of an apartment. You’ve done this every day; that corner should look like this, there needs a separator between these rooms, so on and so forth. And then the owner comes and tell you that, no, you shouldn’t draw like that. He gives you detailed instructions on how the room should look like down to the detailed décor.
That just beat the purpose of hiring a professional, to begin with. Professional wedding photographer, such as Julia and You who has been providing fine art wedding photography for years, knows by heart what to shoot. They’ve been doing the same job for more than a hundred times.
It does not mean you don’t have a say in anything else you want to have pictures taken of.
If there’s someone you definitely want to have pictures taken with, or if you want extra pictures with your grandma in her best dress, that’s all right. Tell your photographer and make it clear about special requests like this.