Topics of conversation!
>The importance of photography credit
> what investing into your photographer actually means.
••••• >> Your wedding timeline
Alright! So let’s get down to the nitty-gritty because I want to make sure everyone understands the importance to these topics and how they really are a priority. It’s effective and really does make all the difference. I’m going to explain why so you know every detail.
Timelines. When you are talking to your planners or the venue coordinators it’s an absolute number one priority that you tell them you’re videographers + photographers must be fed at the same time as the bridal party / bride and groom. As vendors we usually get a “vendor meal” and we’re usually 80 percent of the time fed at the very end, and In a completely different room as everyone else. Why this absolutely sucks? Well because if you’re doing the toasts, or hugging your 95-year-old grandparent or something else extremely important than we’ll most likely miss that moment. Venue coordinators will not fight your requests but they certainly will fight ours. We can ask to be fed along with the bride and groom and the fact of that actually happening is zero to none.
I am your photographer. My job is to capture your moments. If we’re fed at the end we’ll most likely not be eating and when we’re working 8-10 hours it’s crucial we eat. A fed photographer is a happy photographer.
So when you’re sending your timelines. Going to your venue. Meeting with your planners. Make sure that is said and written down….
430: bridal party photos / cocktail hour
530: about to be announced in
6:00 reception starts
610: first dance
630: bridal party, bride and groom AND photographers begin to be fed.
^^^^^ in the timeline. The written. The final copy. You will thank me later ^^^^^
••••• >> The importance of photography credit.
As photographers we’ve all had the moment when we see our work being posted; and we get excited and happy and thrilled that our hard work is loved and used and that our clients are happy. Then there are times we lose our breath; we see our work without any kind of credit anywhere put up in the post. The happy feeling is now overcome with a little bitterness and confusion. If you are a photographer you will understand that gut wrenching feeling. Listen, this isn’t me pointing any fingers and or putting blame on those of you who don’t follow those rules. Honestly, I used to do it back in the day when I didn’t have a clue what it meant or how it made someone else feel. I get it now; and I hope you all see it from this point of view moving forward and understand why its so important. I believe that it isn’t with bad intent; honestly I truly feel like: A: People either forget, life is crazy and I get it. We forget. We’re human, but most likely I will remind you; so don’t let that bother you. B: They don’t understand why its important; and they haven’t been educated on why. So here’s your insight, from yours truly and all my other hardworking photographer friends + partners.
[+] WE CREATED YOUR PHOTOS.
That’s our creation. That’s the thorough process that took me a specifically long time to put your details together to look perfect. To hang your dress a certain way that no one else thought of. That told you to hug your mother the way she held you the first time; those moments; that detail; all of that is my artwork. You hired me for that reason. For me to create. You hired me for my eye. You hired me, and like any artist; it’s hard for us to let go of our work; we’re protective over the instagram filters that are added onto our creation; we’re protective because we spent hours perfecting something that you fell in love with the way we fell in love with your story. The biggest thank you a client can give a photographer is crediting their image every time they post it.
[+] Referrals Are the Main Way We Attract New Clients
Relationships are the name of the game. Most people, when searching for a photographer, will go to their friends’ pictures to see who they trusted to capture their big day, before they ever type “wedding photographer” into google. Just by putting our name or website in the caption of your photos, you’re saying to everyone, “We LOVED working with her” Sharing our name allows people to find us and our work that much better, because it’s honestly the number one way new clients find us.
[+] It’s Just a Respectful Thing To Do
Crediting your photos is simply put: the respectful thing to do. Think about when you look through a magazine. Every time you see a photo, you’re going to see the name of the photographer who took it somewhere on the page. It’s industry standard to credit an artist when they’ve made something that you’re using. So yes, it’s respectful, it’s industry standard, and more than that: it’s nice, it’s kind, it’s the “right” thing to do.
[+] It Shows Us You love the magic we created for you
So hear me out. If you love your photos enough that you’re posting them to social media, wouldn’t you WANT to share with your friends the person who took them? Wouldn’t you be so stoked for your friends to have rad images like you do? I thought so! When you put our name in the caption of your photos, you’re telling us thank you. You’re showing us that you LOVE the work we’ve created for you, that you’re willing to shout it to the rooftops. (Even though that’s totally not necessary.) We legitimately happy dance every time we see you credit our name next to our photo, because we know we’ve served you well. Making our clients happy is literally everything to us photographers. It’s why we do what we do.
•••• >> Investing Into your photographer; what that actually means.
What you’ll get + what you should expect when you invest into me.
I am your photographer. Yes.
But I’m also your confidant, best friend, wedding planner; if I gotta be the DJ I’ll be the DJ.
If I have to bring you some cocktails and food I’ll do that too.
If you need me to hold your hand and do some breathing techniques I’m here for you.
That all sounds really nice right?
And a small piece of you probably doesn’t think its necessary; but when the only person who has been to more weddings is the photographer and they specifically know all the things that are about to happen; and have it down to a T; you’ll be happy I’m there. And I’m all of those things.
The way I see it. A great photographer. A professional photographer is someone so much more than a person who captures the moments. Also investing into someone who has a contract, who shoots in raw, who knows how to edit and who has the proper gear to deliver a product to you that you can actually do something with. Someone who puts more right back into you as you do your photographer.
I can’t even begin to describe the love, trust and bond I have with my clients throughout the year when we are counting down the days to my bride and grooms special day. We’ve built such a connection that I feel like family at the end of the day. And in return it truly makes me feel like I could absolutely give you the world. I go above and beyond for every single one of you. Whether it’s editing for hours a day; risking myself and gear for an eccentric shot that not just anyone can have; or it’s being available for you 24/7 because I want to be reliable and here for you.
Many of you are invested into my personal life as well as me being just your photographer. That makes me the happiest and really gives me a feeling that I can’t explain except having insane gratitude. Having that friendship aside from being your hired vendor is what makes my life so much brighter. I’ll never be able to thank you all for the amazing years we’ve had and we’re going to have. So many of you who have turned I to family + so many people I’ve photographed from the ground up. Babies, engagements, proposals, newborn, first birthdays: everything.
So I’ll close this blog by saying thank you for listening. Thank you for reading; and if there’s one more than to add while you’re still here is
CONSIDER a first look + an unplugged ceremony.
If you want to message me and get the low down; I’m available 365 days + 24/7 usually because as a busy wedding photographer I don’t do much sleeping between traveling and photographing and you guessed it…. Editing. 😉
I’ll touch base on those two things another time.