How Much Time Will it
Never settle for less time than you
know the job deserves. You will be pressured in many
cases to do the job in less time than you initially
quoted. You are providing a professional service; it
takes time to do it properly. You wouldn’t expect the
drivers to save time by speeding, or the baker to save time on
cooking the cake, so why should you be expected to be any
Provide Reassurance of
This is one of the keys to providing
‘peace of mind’ for the couple, it is the nearest you will get
to guaranteeing that they will have a photographer.
Give the couple the reassurance that
if for any reason you were unable to manage on the day (for
example due to illness) another photographer would do the
job. You should have a standing arrangement with other
photographers, which ensures that you can confidently offer
this service. You will find that other photographers will
be more than happy to share this type of arrangement as a
mutual insurance against their own potential failure to provide
coverage on the day.
Approximately two weeks previous to
the wedding day thoroughly check your equipment.
This will give you time to repair or
replace any suspect parts. This check should be repeated on the
morning of the wedding. Some photographers use a Polaroid
back to check that their camera is functioning properly on the
wedding day. I feel confident enough with a guide check
of all camera functions.
Speak with the
You should also telephone the couple 2
to 3 days before the wedding date to check and confirm all
details; it is surprising how often these can change between
booking and the actual wedding day.
Your preparation must also include a visit
to the church and place of reception, also to any local park
that you intend to use for location. This will give you
the opportunity of planning backdrops and plotting quickest
driving routes between church and locations. It will also
allow to check the direction of sunlight and to seek any
permission needed to photograph.
On The Day
You should check the weather forecast;
this can be done by telephone, teletext or Internet on the
wedding day. This will prepare you and allow you to plan
for mainly exterior or interior shots. However, you must
also be prepared for the unexpected, I once shot a complete
wedding outside in the rain at the insistence of the bride.