What do brides want from a photographer or videographer?
Well, Planners LOVE photos afterward! ;) I find that my Brides would 1.) like the look they are going for captured, rather it be rustic, classic, cloudy, or vintage. They love to have the shots of everything memorable i.e.-Shoes, dress, etc! Lastly, they love when you take the time to touch up and make them look beautiful. Each photo to them is like the first photo they look at. When it comes to their Wedding, they will critique hard!
In my experience being a service professional myself, they want the impossible - make them look beautiful, thin, and do it for very little money, and do it fast - they want them when they get back from their honeymoon, lol - managing expectations us the key to any successful service oriented business especially something that is a milestone or emotionally driven like a wedding, anniversary, birthday etc. But of course, I'm sure you already know this :-)
Brides in a nutshell want two things - affordability and quality. In photography, most leave it up to the photographer to do whatever they want in terms of posing and such, as they trust them to do whatever to capture the day...
Be like a ninja. ;) Get the best angles without getting in anyone's way... or better yet, not letting them notice you're even there. If you have a creative eye for framing they will noticed that in the finished product over amateur as soon as they see it. Don't forget a quality audio set up to record the nuptials. If they watch the video and have a hard time hearing the important stuff your great videography will lose all of it's clout.
Brides always tell me they want it to be low-key and feel like a good friend just happened to show up with a camera to capture their moments. Brides and grooms want one less thing to worry about on their wedding day - and yes, they want to get along with the person that will be taking their photos. There is nothing worse than a photographer in the background of your ENTIRE DAY making you uncomfortable!
Additionally, brides want to see your work in its entirety - I make sure to show entire digital albums to brides upon request (not just the highlights of the wedding day). Another important part would be making sure that you provide a large choice of photos of the bride and groom during the portrait session. As much as it is nice to have pictures of random aunts and uncles, the pictures that will hang in their home will most likely be the photos taken of just the two of them! I make sure that there is a strong emphasis on their portrait photographs.
BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY... make sure you have fun! It's supposed to be painless and full of laughter, so make sure your couple is having a great time!
Brides and grooms want a photographer who can freeze the beautiful moments of their wedding day in time. They want a photographer who is punctual, fun, relaxed and able to get the job done in the allotted time. What they are presented with when they book you is what she expects to be delivered on the wedding day.
Couples don't always focus on the technical aspects of a photographer's services but it is our job to explain important elements (ie proper equipment and lenses for low light/church venues, shooting in RAW, a full understanding of exactly what they will get with their editing package etc).
We find that brides want someone they can trust and like spending time with. Photographers spend the majority of the day right beside the bride and groom. So, they especially appreciate the other duties as assigned (fixing bouquets, finding missing people, giving directions, fixing a cake fail, providing ibuprofin). Basically, besides being technically solid and creative, they want someone to help simplify the day and also to help them keep focused and calm.
A bride doesn't want to worry about her photos. Let that lye on the shoulders of the photographer. An expert photographer has state of the art equipment and knows without a doubt how and where to shoot to make every photo perfect.
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