Sunday, July 4, 2010

You Want Me to Shoot This Wedding From Where? Is This a Joke, Ok Who Put You Up to This?

As a wedding photographer, you encounter all kinds of situations. Sometimes everything is straightforward and smooth as silk, this is rare. There is so much involved in a wedding and reception and that means there is so much that can go wrong.

One of the most frustrating things a wedding photographer or wedding videographer can encounter is a church with strict "rules". I am sure all professional photographers and videographers understand the need for some guidelines and boundaries to respect the church and what if represents. Most of us know better than to be a distraction to the officiant, the wedding party and the family and friends. Apparently, the churches with the really inflexible rules have had some bad experiences that have reflected poorly on all wedding photographers and wedding videographers.

This is truly unfortunate because ultimately, the bride and groom and their families will miss out on recording the many memories and special moments of their wedding day.

How many times have you shown up at a wedding rehearsal to find out that you must stay put in one spot for the entire ceremony? The people who come up with these rules obviously have no idea of the problem this creates. You are hired by the bride or her family to photograph every moment of her day, and that is what she expects. How can you go to her after the wedding and say, "sorry, but I could not get your father handing you off to the groom" or, I could only get the back of you walking up the aisle?

This kind of situation makes you look very incompetent as a professional wedding photographer or wedding videographer. The bride and her family are not going to be happy and they are not going to want to pay you. It does not seem to matter that it was not your fault, and you could not do anything about it.

One thing you can do to avoid this disaster is to ask the bride when she calls to inquire about your services. If she schedules an appointment, ask her to check with her church officials regarding rules for wedding photography and wedding videography. If she is able to find out the specific rules, you can explain the potential problems and the possible consequences. You may decide to pass on the job to save yourself a lot of trouble or at the very least, the bride will know before her wedding what to expect.

Fortunately, for most brides, this is not the case. If you, as the photographer or videographer make a point to introduce yourself to the person in charge and ask them how you can do your job while respecting their wishes, they will most likely be willing to work with you for the benefit of the bride and groom. A little cooperation goes a long way in assuring the wedding is a happy occasion, and all the memories are good ones.

This article has been was written by myself for my newsletter and since the author is the same person, permission for use is granted.

Joe Sabol is an Internationally known videographer with almost 28yrs experience in the video industry. Please visit us at for more information.

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