You’re deliberating on Wedding Photography packages and have looked at so many your eyes are now crossed. Budgets are in play and the caterer quoted more than expected (HOW can a chocolate fountain COST SO MUCH??) and understandably you are trying to cut corners where you can.
The packages you’ve reviewed have several combinations of what you wanted but not all of them. Your Mom will want an album and Jake’s parents will want enlargements to hang on their walls… all of this can be so confusing when picking what package works best. What can be sacrificed if you need to cut corners? Most of the time that answer has been the Engagement Session. Even if there are Save the Dates that need to be sent, most of the time older snapshots of the two of you that will suffice getting something sent in the mail so one more thing is crossed off the check list. It’s all understandable but from a professional standpoint here’s one very necessary component to great photography that you might miss out on:
Relationship trust you will build with your photographer. I know, I know. This all sounds unnecessary in the scheme of budgetary needs and chocolate fountains ARE AMAZING! If you haven’t tried the pineapple pieces in it, you’re missing out. I can also see how it might even seem a little self serving FOR the photographer up-selling you but I can positively assure you the benefits to what you will gain in that session outweigh the price two fold for a very important purpose. As a photographer, I’ve shot every scenario and circumstance wedding related and there is and the ONE game changer -every time – I’ve deducted, is having spent time with the couple in a relaxed, not- so- rushed environment getting acquainted before the WEDDING DAY. It allows for time to talk about how they met, If the first kiss was a joke or made her toes curl, what wedding day plans have been finalized or which family members get a little loud after too many martinis (there’s always one or if you’re Irish, a FEW) or how much they love their dog and wanted ‘Turbo’ to be in the wedding but concluded that would be more trouble than it’s worth, after all – dogs don’t stop chasing squirrels because there’s a wedding. Take the time to create a relationship with your photographer. It makes a world of difference.
The quality of spending time together in a ‘get to know you’ environment allows your photographer to know their clients not only as a ‘bride’ nor as a ‘groom’ in the madness of their big day but as _________ (insert name) and ____________(insert other name)intimately and independent of being bride or groom. Suddenly a stranger with a really expensive camera becomes ‘Hey Tomme, what’s up?’ with invites to ‘CHEERS’ or take shots in celebration, which personally I politely decline (I’m an underachiever with a propensity for headaches due to fermentations) instead of being the annoying person chasing them around all day looking for the best lighting or recognizing a great pose at a very inopportune time. Gaining trust with every silly and ridiculous suggestion at the Engagement Session creates an AWESOME and unassuming image even when everyone thought I was insane for asking them to do weird things. Believe me, it allows for so much more ease and comfort the day of the wedding. Odd suggestions get looped into Tomme just being (Weird) Tomme. 😉 WITH RESULTS! So bite the bullet and forget about the chocolate fountain… in the end, all that you will care about is the photographs and the video from the day. If you INVEST and take the time hopefully you will have had a photographer that was someone you enjoyed being with rather than just another vendor hired. Create and invest in the relationship that gets results. That’s also good wedding and life advice, folks in general… your best result in ANY relationship (personal or professional) is the one you choose to INVEST in.
Until next time.