Wedding Photography Myths & Tips
STUDIO XYZ SHOOTS 300 WEDDINGS A YEAR SO THEY MUST BE GOOD.
This is not necessary true, or more to the point, this studio might not be right for you. Studios that shoot large numbers of weddings each year usually either have a selection of staff or employ random freelancers. You don’t always know whom you will get to shoot your wedding on the day. If the photographer is able to shoot this number of weddings him/herself, then he/she is shooting pretty much back to back and is either taking major shortcuts to churn the work out or will get very jaded very quickly. Personally, I only shoot a select number of weddings, as I don’t want my clients to merely be a cog in a large and impersonal machine. Plus I want to stay fresh, energetic and excited about what I do.
PRICE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR IN CHOOSING A PHOTOGRAPHER.
Price is probably the worst selection criteria for selecting a photographer, especially if you think less is more. Generally the higher the price the higher the quality, but a low price is not necessarily a good deal. Is your photographer experienced? Does he/she use the best quality pro gear, have insurance and is recognised by a professional photography body? It may be fine to get a cheep photographer who is just starting out but do you really want to take such a big risk with your wedding day. If you were having heart surgery would you be happy having a trainee surgeon who had watched a few seasons of ER to operate on you?
A WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER SHOULD ONLY SHOOT WEDDINGS.
While this might sound like sound advice it isn’t always the best scenario. A photographer who also shoots other genres can bring unique elements to his/her wedding photography thus creating a product that stands out from the crowd or brings a new interpretation where as a photographer who only ever shoots weddings can become predictable, uninspired and repetitive.