Picking your wedding photographer is one of the most important decisions you have to make when planning your wedding. The eye for perspective, editing techniques and creativity are just the few factors which attract you to the certain suppliers. But apart from these, there’s also trust and the communication. Although working with your wedding photographer can turn into a great relation, or even a friendship, things can go wrong too!
In order to make both parties happy, both the photographer and client should trust each other and understand each other’s terms. For this reason every photographer should provide a clear and easy-to-read contract, which will clarify all the conditions.
But what if the client wants more than initially agreed?
Read about 5 things you should never ask your photographer before or after your wedding.
- CAN I HAVE ALL THE UNEDITED IMAGES TOO?
This is something a lot of photographers and clients argue about. Despite the fact that clients usually pay for the packages based on the image quantity and hours of coverage, they often ask for all unedited files anyway just because the photographer has not delivered enough unflattering images of guests eating dinner or uncle John’s best dance performance.
If you ask your photographer for all unedited files, there’s 99% chance that the answer is going to be ‘NO’.
Wedding photographers are not only employed to snap random photos during your wedding, but they tell the entire story through the imagery they create. They don’t keep the files away from you because they’re not nice people, but because they want to deliver the very best finished product that you both agreed on. Photographers can take thousands of photos during the entire day, part of which are underexposed, random, unflattering or blurred. Sharing this content with anyone risks their reputation which often takes years to establish. Photographers also put a lot of time and effort into the editing process and the raw files look nothing like the ones you received. They take years to build a consistent style, and they surely would be unhappy if you used the raw image, added a free editing app filter and tagged them in your post!
Another reason for rejecting your request is the fact that professional photographers shoot in RAW, which means that you would be unable to open the files without professional software.
Top advice for clients: Don’t be greedy and acknowledge that you’re receiving what you paid for! If you want to make sure the photographer has everything covered and doesn’t miss a person or a moment that is important to you- simply let them know!
2. WHY DID YOU NOT PHOTOSHOP MY IMAGES?
Although the final images delivered by the photographers are edited in terms of colours, the majority of wedding photographers do not retouch except from removing minor blemishes. Make sure you read and understand the section of your contract which refers to editing. You should never expect the photographer to change your personal appearance, fix your hair or add uncle John to the image because he went to grab a drink during the group photoshoot.
Although many photographers will be happy to add the retouch to your bill, this process is very time consuming and may come at a high additional price.
3. CAN WE GET A PACKAGE DISCOUNT IF WE EDIT IMAGES OURSELVES?
Editing process is a huge part of final wedding photography and every photographer has their very own style, which by the way attracted you to book them. If you’re an ammateur, you’re only going to do more harm than good by trying to edit someone else’s photo. Although there are many cheap editing presets available on the market, buying one won’t make you an editing master.
Except from the above, the professional photographer would never allow anyone else edit their imagery as this could be hugely detrimental for their reputation.
4. MY FRIEND WANTS TO BE A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER, CAN HE TAKE PICTURES TOO?
Allowing your family and friends to take pictures during your wedding, and especially the ceremony, can have a huge impact on the final effect. Although there’s always an uncle John who will sneakily snap some iPhone shots, you should convince your guests to unplug and fully enjoy your big day.
What’s more, the compact flash cameras that guests would often take with them can ruin it for the professional photographers. In order to have the best quality, beautifully looking images, kindly ask your guests not to use flashes at all.
Although many photographers clearly state in the contract what their approach to additional photography is, they should be uninterrupted throughout the day to assure the best results. Competing with others for your attention will only make it harder for them to get that shot you wanted!
5. WE DIDN’T BOOK A VIDEOGRAPHER, CAN YOU PUT ONE OF YOUR CAMERAS ON A TRIPOD AND RECORD THE WEDDING FOR US?
To start with, not every photographer is a videographer and vice versa. However, even if they offer both services, you should never ask your photographer to do anything other than taking pictures.
Weddings are very unique events, and although the day often flies by for most of the couples, the photographer needs to stay focused throughout the day. The ceremony, the kiss, the cake-cutting, bride’s mom shedding a tear- all those moments are very precious and unique. By distracting your photographer you are risking missing them and therefore, not having any pictures taken.
What is more, asking the photographer to leave their gear unattended is probably going to result in a negative answer. As the cameras and lenses are very expensive, the photographers always keep them close.
The flat camera recording is not going to be more attractive than an iPhone footage. If that’s fine with your photographer and you- it may be better to ask one of your friends or family members to capture your ceremony for you. However this needs to be communicated clearly, so the photographer and your friend do not have to compete for your attention.