This month I asked the event planner Andrea Pavone to write her thoughts on how to hire a photographer for an event or a wedding. “What do you like and what do you not like about working with photographers?” I asked her. Andrea and I have known each other and worked together for over 10 years now. I love working with her and value her professionalism, attention to detail, and great personality.
Andrea was very gracious to write this blog post for us. Here it is, in her words:
In my opinion Photography is one of the most important investments you will make on your special day. There is no way to go back and redo the photos or capture that moment again so be sure you have made the right choice and hire a professional photographer that fits your personal style.
As a wedding professional for over 10 years, here are some tips on wedding photography:
Be a Team Player and Follow the Timeline: The wedding day is so hectic and there is so much going on and so much to do. It’s important to have a planner to keep you on schedule so you can get all the shots you want to get. The worst thing is when the photographer is taking the bride and groom off for photos and it’s time to cut the cake or time for parent dances. Your wedding team is there to capture all your moments and make the day special for you. Ask your vendors who they normally work with and at least look into their services. The more vendors you have that work together on a regular basis the smoother your event will run.
Communicate to your Photographer what shots you want taken: It’s so important to communicate definite shots you want taken so those can be a priority on your wedding day. You can’t go back to your photographer and be upset that they didn’t get shots of something if you didn’t communicate that to them, especially if it’s not the norm. Ask your photographer what shots they always do and any suggestions they have for your venue or style of the wedding. A good photographer will be honored to do something unique for you, given the opportunity to be creative.
You want someone with a great reputation: You want someone who is a true professional and has a great reputation in the industry. They will dress appropriately, show up on time and work well with the vendors you have hired. The last thing you want is your photographer showing up in shorts and a tank top, even if it is a beach wedding.
Don’t be afraid to ask for references: And call those people. These are going to be the best testament to what you can expect on your big day.
Remember you have done your research and have hired this photographer for a reason, let them be creative, sometimes those shots are the best ones. When they catch a moment and you weren’t even paying attention.
Lastly, relax and enjoy your special day! It goes by so fast and when you get your photos you get to relive all those moments again and again.
Andrea Pavone, Pavone Events
Pavone Events is a boutique planning company that offers personalized and customized service to all of our clients.