3 Things a Photographer Wants You to Know

1.   It is not a photographer’s job to nurse your lack of confidence

All too often wedding photographers are requested by brides, grooms, and even guests to transform themselves into their airbrushed version. Photographers, after all, are magicians! They can make you look like a size-2 runway model or an ageless vampire if you badly want them to – provided that they are well-compensated, of course.

Technically, a photographer can edit out imperfections and it is their job to carry it out as well. However, it does not mean he has to spend countless hours trying to transform you into someone else. Do you really want others to look at your pictures and doubt its authenticity?

To put it bluntly, a genuine photographer does not tolerate negative body image. He captures the moments as they happen rather than spend hours to make you look like another version of yourself. It is your wedding day – the day when your beloved decides to tie the knot as he loves you for who you are and not for the person you think could become. If you want to look like someone else, wait for Halloween!

2.   Photographers are not overpriced

You may assume that a photographer’s service fee is extravagant, considering that he only hangs around in the wedding reception for four to eight hours. However, taking pictures during your wedding is just the tip of the iceberg. Photographers spend more hours than the four or eight-hour package you paid them for. They spend many hours on editing, designing, email correspondence, etc. This is why they ask for a small editing fee if you wish to add more changes to your photos. Otherwise, they will lose money by eating into their own time.

One of the many things photographers share in common is the fact they allocate a huge portion of their time perfecting your photos. After an eight or a fourteen-hour shoot, they will start burning the midnight oil as they go through hundreds if not a thousand shots to pick the best ones to ensure you see the very essence of your grand wedding in the images they deliver. Photographers have to make adjustments, add effects, and edit out imperfections for each photo. Therefore, don’t ask your photographer to rush things out.

3.   A tide of snap-happy guests are a photographer’s pet peeve

Only a few photographers are keen on the idea of iPhone-clad guests during weddings. For a good reason, a majority of guests with iPhones these days tend to be focused on making their moment. Smartphones at weddings potentially interfere with the photographer’s best shot, especially when someone else uses a flash. There is absolutely nothing worse than a diva trying to steal the spotlight or having a grandpa in a photo with a huge iPad. Sadly, smartphones are not going away.