Wedding Etiquette for photographers

Wedding Etiquette for photographers

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Hopefully by now, we’ve gotten the gist of how to be professional and polite, and still do our job the day of the wedding. Then why do so many brides and wedding vendors constantly complain about the behavior of photographers and videographers on the wedding day? This article is all about the do’s and don’ts as told by brides, makeup artists, officiants, maître d’s, photographers and cinematographers. Read on to see what you’re doing that’s giving you a bad name and frustrating your clients.

Getting along with other vendors is key to doing a great job for your clients and not embarrassing yourself in front of your clients and their guests, but it’s also vital to your marketing plan. A little says a lot. If you’re even a little bit rude, vendors won’t want to work with you. But if you’re a little bit nice, that’ll go a long way and establish great relationships with vendors who may refer brides to you. Here are three ways to play nice in the wedding sandbox.

>> COMMUNICATE YOUR PLAN
This one won’t even take much time out of your day, but will mean a better experience for
all involved and a better product for your client. Take time to ask where the photographer/ cinematographer plans on standing during the ceremony and reception. If it hinders what you’re doing, you’ll know ahead of time and can reach a compromise. It’s much better than the alternate scenario, in which you’re getting in each other’s way in an increasingly tense atmosphere.

Don’t forget to communicate with the other vendors. Reception halls, deejays and bands also have a schedule and special things they like to do for the bride and groom, so coordinate with the maître’ d’ for the sunset or twilight shot with the couple.

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