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5 Secrets Photographers Wish You Knew

Every bride craves unique wedding photographs and their photographer wants to capture those special, emotional moments for those brides to remember forever. The solution for astonishing wedding photos is excellent communication. If you do not have sufficient, open communication with your wedding photographer, you cannot expect them to flawlessly do the things you envision. Also, considering not all wedding photographers share their honest opinions with you, Grand Lens Photography is here to do it. Here is the ultimate list of details wedding photographers wish brides knew.

1) Photographers are not magicians

A wedding photographer will perform their absolute best at capturing beautiful photos of you and your spouse-to-be. However, they cannot necessarily make your wedding appear similar to the movies or something particular you stumbled upon on Pinterest. Would you truly want your wedding photos to be a replica of another couple’s wedding? Be sure to allow plenty of time for photos by presenting a wedding day timeline. Although it is imperative to have a strategy, also be flexible. Certain events (i.e. hair and makeup) may take longer than you imagine it would and photographs will be adequate if there is no haste. With that stated, do not be late! Being late throws off your schedule which means less time for the photographer to obtain your photos and less optimally-astounding photos for you.


2) Engagement sessions benefit you and the photographer

Engagement photo sessions are not only a sales tactic, they are wonderful for various reasons. Engagement photography provides you with beautiful imagery capturing your pre-wedding romance, as well as gives you the chance to create a unique presentation at the wedding. These photos can be used in a slideshow, your invitations and much more.It is the greatest time to have a relaxed photo session with your wedding photographer for them to get to know you. During an engagement session, you find out how the photographer directs and point out some issues before the wedding day that you did not realize would arise. They are also helpful for the photographer to observe if you or your partner has a "Chandler Smile" that needs to be remedied before the wedding.

3) Not all photographers use Photoshop

As a photographer, we want to capture the scene as accurately as possible in camera. Posing, location scouting, and camera settings will “fix” most things before clicking the shutter button. If your great aunt photobombs the family picture, we are going to retake the photo. It is easier to capture the photo properly than to edit it with Photoshop. Photographers charge for extensive editing in Lightroom and Photoshop because it can be extremely time-consuming. If we happen to miss something, we can adjust it. However, we are quite skilled at ensuring the scene is flawless before clicking the shutter button.


4) Why is photography so expensive?

This is a common question among engaged couples and it is absolutely understandable. Photography appears easy; all you do is show up, snap some photos, and head home when you are finished. Unfortunately, it is not that simple. Photographers carry close to $10,000 in equipment to each wedding and work long hours. Calculate insurance, taxes, software, advertising, albums, repair, shipping, and studio expenses, and photographers end up making less than minimum wage during the first few years of their career. Additionally, there is pre-planning, making lists, getting the right equipment for the job, travel, and editing between 600-1000 pictures. Then combine in the actual wedding photography and that itself is a hefty workload. Unfortunately, if a photographer does not fit your budget, you need to find a photographer who does fit in your budget. Some photographers will work within your budget depending on your requirements and the time of year.


5) Number of Photos

Wedding photographers typically deliver 30-70 photos for every hour of coverage they provide. 300-500 photos may seem like a lot, but your wedding photographer is preserving all those little details and the moments you missed while you were mingling with your guests. After a wedding, the photographer goes through and delete all of the unusable photos (out of focus, bad lighting, weird faces, etc.). Photographers want you to have as many as you can because we know this is a special day, but you will not get every photo we take of the day. Photographers go for quality over quantity. Several photographers will professionally edit a few of their favorite photos from the day, do a diminutive edit on the rest of them and deliver them to you. Several photographers prefer to deliver their photos to the bride and groom in a few of weeks to a month.

Another thought is, photographers do not expect you to know any of these things, so do not hesitate to ask what they think or for their honest insights or suggestions. Bringing on a wedding planner can be worth their weight in gold; someone who is experienced and knowledgeable. Someone who will invest in your wedding day, looking as beautiful as you anticipated.

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