A Few Wedding Photo Disasters

Weddings are an extreme challenge for any photographer. Here’s why.

Every few years, a bridal magazine asks married couples what they wish they’d spent more money on. The answer is almost always the same: the photos.

Cakes, booze, flowers, and music are all ephemeral; photographs and the memories they capture are what last forever. You simply can’t miss mom crying before you even arrive at the venue, uncle Charlie making a fool of himself on the dance floor, or the moments that the bride and groom share when they think no one is watching.

Of course, that can’t-miss status puts pressure on photographers to nail every shot. If you’re the one getting married, doing your research and shelling out extra cash for a reputable professional is the best way to avoid major head- and heartaches. But we all make mistakes sometimes—even pros. Here are a few that could’ve been easily avoided.

Hire a Professional

Knowing that your photographer will be on time and able to do the job while staying out of the way is a great comfort. You’ve got enough on your plate without worrying about babysitting.

Acting like a pro means being prepared and staying inconspicuous. It doesn’t mean starting a brawl in the middle of the reception.

I’ve shot many weddings, and my goal is always to be the last person the bridal party has to think about on the big day. This goes for all photography assignments, but it is especially true at weddings, since they can be so stressful.

For photographers, acting like a professional means being prepared and staying inconspicuous. It doesn’t mean—just for example—starting a brawl in the middle of the reception.

And though it’s important to get key shots, it’s also important to not draw attention to yourself. A photographer’s freedom of movement depends entirely on the couple they’re working with, and it’s something that should be discussed ahead of time. Even if given freedom to do “whatever,” common courtesy should be taken into consideration.

If your photographer acts like this…

then it could result in this…

No matter what, it’s a photographer’s job to be professional and carry on with the assignment. If someone is preventing you from doing that (and you can’t work it out quietly), then take it up the chain of command.

“Is this weird for you?”
For many, their wedding day is the culmination of a lifelong dream. It’s their day to feel special, to look beautiful, and to have photos that capture that feeling.

Another handy tip for photographers: Under no circumstances should you make the bride look like a centaur.
For a photographer, it’s important to get the basics right, such as composition. But no matter what the photographer thinks, it’s the wedding party’s right to have a say in their photos.

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Preston, Lancs. PR4 1YL

T. 01772 631932
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