Last month I photographed a newly wed couple visiting Tortola, BVI from Boston. She mentioned that they were really disappointed with their wedding photos. They did not get a single photo that they loved of just the two of them together on their wedding day! They sent me the link to her wedding photos and I carefully viewed the gallery and checked out their photographers website and portfolio it all looked professional and their style seemed to match that of this couple. They even paid the right amount of money. I was stumped. Finally when we were all crammed into a tiny island rental Jimmy we talked about what they thought went wrong. It fizzled down to these 3 mistakes made :
1. Make Time For Photos. It is a great idea to include your photographer on the planning of your wedding day timeline. Your photographer knows best how much time it will take to plan for certain photos you want captured and they’ll consider the time it takes to get from the different locations. Don’t think it takes 10 minutes to get a couple of amazing shots even if that’s all you want are a couple. Unless you are models it takes about 10-15 minutes for you get warmed up together in front of the camera.
2. Personality Matters. Your photographer will be with you throughout your entire wedding day, if you communicate well together, can laugh with that person and feel really comfortable with them around it will show in your photographs. It is a good idea to schedule an engagement session with your photographer; its great practice for your wedding day, you will be way more comfortable, and by wedding time your photographer will feel like an old friend. If an engagement session is not possible, meeting in person over coffee and a snack is great too. For destination weddings it is difficult to connect in person, at the very least scheduling a phone or Skype call is important.
3. Confirm Your Photographer Be There. Some photography businesses have a lead photographer that you pay the highest price for and then associate photographers that you might pay a little less for, but have a similar style. Make sure the photographer you hired will be at your wedding and not a replacement.