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The most important question to ask about your wedding photographer

“Will the photos be good?” – Goes without saying – they ought to be.

“Is it good value?” – a tough one, and almost there…

But no, the most important question to ask about your photographer, is “what will he/she be like when dropped in a room with a hundred strangers?” This is the most underestimated, yet crucial, skill of the modern wedding photographer, particularly if you’re looking for reportage, or a natural style, with fewer formal photos.

This is why it’s recommended to meet your photographer before the day, before you book really. There’s no black and white on this, it’s a personal thing. Different photographers may handle it in different ways. I like to think I’m quite good at getting on with people, not offending anyone. It’s good for future business and it’s especially good for a smooth wedding day.

Now, where’s my whip?!

(I won’t say what these ladies were singing two seconds before this was taken – suffice to say they were enjoying themselves.)

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It Shouldn’t Happen to a (Wedding) Photographer…

…But it does. That’s why lots of highly successful photographers run screaming from the thought of shooting weddings, and why it’s a job that will always be underestimated. Dealing with people is an obvious skill when you decide to get into this particular photographic niche, but it’s not always the wedding guests we’re talking about. Last month, I shot a wedding at the church in Bowness right at the bottom of the hill and main shopping street. Weddings usually attract attention from tourists and this was no exception. I felt like a paparazzi as I framed a shot of the bride and her father entering the church doorway as the service was about to begin. Hundreds of people were watching behind me over the churchyard wall.

What I couldn’t see through my camera was that a ‘man of a certain age’ was about to walk straight across the back of the bride’s dress without a thought to anything but his own curiosity, but it wasn’t over yet. As I stood up I banged into two Japanese tourists who’d decided it was a good idea to lean over the squatting wedding photographer and get their own pictures.

The service itself was a welcome relief (!) and a chance to get good photographs before the mayhem began outside again. After some time in the grounds, bride & groom jumped into their vintage Bentley while I jumped into my car and waited to follow them. As their car came past, I indicated and pulled out into a decent gap behind them , much to the annoyance of Joe Bloggs in his red sports car who obviously wasn’t used to people doing that. And then I got screamed at by a cyclist who took exception to me taking the photograph below from the driving seat of my car. I know it was naughty and that it’s a bit bigger than a mobile phone, but technically I still had my eyes on the road – and through a very expensive lens. And it was all happening at such eye-watering speeds that the irate cyclist was able to overtake both of us. Some people have no sense of fun!

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