Between now and next late February or March photographers are working to fill their calendars with wedding photography commitments. This is the time to search out the photographer that will photograph your wonderful event. Take your time and make sure you trust your gut sense and feelings about the persons you interview. It's not only their pretty images but the feeling of comfort and trust you have for the person who took the shots. Your photographer should exude a sense of confidence and trust. They should have done enough jobs to be able to explain what will happen during the ceremony and convince you that you won't have a worry in the world about your photography. In many cases good wedding photographers will be able to do more than just shoot great images. They'll be able to work with all of your other wedding team to make the day go smoothly and have enough savoir faire to stop problems before they star; Most experienced photographers will want to speak with the officiant to make sure they follow the rules or customs of the service. They'll coordinate their shooting segments with your coordinator or use the program and improvise a shooting regimen that works for your ceremony and reception. Some of us have done so many weddings that we probably could run the entire ceremony from memory.
I've received a wonderful acceptance from one of my customers; they identified me as their "Family Photographer" in an email sent to attendees at their sons christening. I had no idea how embracing and warm being identified as a family's photographer could be. I have all ways maintained the same sincerity and genuine engagement with members of this family for many years now. I offered my best advice when we were discussing the logistics of the christening ceremony. Most revealing was the family's acknowledgment of their sense of how expensive my services were and how much value they felt they received for the cost of my services. I think this is a testament to the value of relationship to service. People feel good about spending money for things that capture the evidence of their joy or happiness. I will commit myself to increasing their satisfaction to the point where they feel that I'm undercharging for a service that exceeds all of their expectations and contributes so much joy to their lives; both now and for generations to come.
Reaching for my reality of photographic relationships between the photographer and the subject.