Wedding photography is art and business. Ask questions!!
May 14, 2020 | By: Timothy Carlson, CPP
When I started shooting weddings, we had short rolls of film, limited shots, manual focus, and manual exposure! The Brides' mother or tradition called many of the shots and the setting was usually a church. The local photography studio captured most of the Portrait and Wedding images. The Monday after the wedding was the day the film went to the lab, Wednesday the prints came back, and by Friday the proofs were in the book ready for the Couple to return.
Those days are gone! Many brides today use social media to search for someone with a camera, lots of friends that like their work, and a discounted cost. The wedding photographer today needs to be licensed, insured, certified, artistic, and fast on their feet. Not to mention skilled in the digital arts--which is a layer of time and technical skills.
I hear, "you are the professional...go with the flow and make me beautiful!" Couples today that want to rely on the professionalism of their photographer, please make sure they are qualified. Ask about training and certification not just their new camera. Ask to meet at their studio or office so you can be confident to get your prints. Ask about their license and insurance for your peace of mind and the liability issue your location venue requires. Look at their wedding work and Bridal albums not just the social likes. Talk about your wedding day, location, timing, and potential problems that may arise--and the solutions!