5 Reasons to NOT hire me for your wedding photography
As much as I would love to work with every prospective bride and groom out there, sometimes we just aren’t a good fit. Here are some reasons why you might want to consider someone other than me as your wedding photographer:
- You hate fun: Okay, so maybe this isn’t completely accurate. One of my closest friends is a fun-sucker and we get along great. In any wedding, there is a time for the photographer to assert himself and be outgoing and another time for him to disappear and be unobtrusive *(See my Article “The Five Photographic Elements of your Wedding Day”) Honestly though, if you are looking for a photographer who is going to be very formal and buttoned down during your wedding day I’m probably not your guy. I stay out of the way for the most part, but I also try my hardest to make connections with my clients before their wedding and help add to the fun they are having during their day. Are you afraid to be a little silly and goofy? Well, just let me know that beforehand and I’ll do my best not to try to convince you to wear the ridiculous hat in the photo booth.
- You dislike any and all posed photographs and photography direction: This is a tough one. In my opinion, in both portrait sessions and on the wedding day there is a time for posed photos and a time for candids. The fact is that you are hiring me to take flattering photos of you and sometimes that requires a bit of guidance on my part. Most couples don’t know what locations to go to for beautiful photos and they have no idea whether or not their natural poses are flattering for them. Being posed is sometimes awkward and uncomfortable. As someone who HATES being in front of the camera I get that, but trust me when I say that the few moments of an awkward-feeling pose or a little direction makes the difference between a photograph that you either love or despise.
- You want someone to just show up and take photos: Quite honestly, there are plenty of student photographers and newer photographers on the market who are willing to do this, but I’m just not one of them. I’ve seen too many instances of poor planning leading to bad experiences and I think it’s a disservice to my clients to not spend the extra time planning out their wedding day. Hey, I can “wing” just about anything but it sure would suck for me to miss a special moment because I had no idea it was coming!
- You only want digital files from your wedding: Okay, once again I’m going to be a hypocrite here since I now offer a low-end “digital only” package. The fact is that 80% of the couples who only want a digital package end up asking for an album later on and end up spending more overall than if they had simply purchased it as part of the package. I get it, we all want the digital files from our wedding to post on social media, use as our desktop backgrounds, and send small prints to grandma, but years down the road it’s the wedding album that you are still going to have on your coffee table or book shelf and pull out to share the story of your day with friends, relatives, and your children. I make the album process as simple as possible by giving you a worksheet to use as a starting point, then designing the album from there. The majority of my clients are happy with that first revision of the album and only a handful ask for a revision or two. The process doesn’t have to take long and it’s not uncommon for my couples to have albums in hand within 2-3 months (or sooner!) of their wedding date.
- You are having a super-fancy wedding: Oh boy, as much as I love photographing high end events (I used to regularly photograph $500,000+ events when I photographed for a previous company), I don’t currently have the necessary staff and infrastructure to handle events of that complexity. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t reach out to me; I have plenty of colleagues who do a fantastic job on those size events and I would be happy to recommend them and work with them to make your day special. But ultimately I’m never going to take on a job that I don’t think I can handle or one where I think my client is going to walk away unhappy. I’d rather miss out on a five figure job any day of the week rather than disappoint a client on the most important day of their life.