Hello and welcome to elizabethlimphotography!
I am so glad you are here and wanting to learn more about photography and how to provide the best client experience as possible. As a new photographer myself, I have made lots of these mistakes that I will mention in this article and I really wish someone would have told me a little more about these things when starting my business. So, let’s get started…
First off, let me make this clear that I don’t consider myself an expert at any level in photography and I have much to understand and learn. I am sharing this information with you from photographer to photographer and I would love to get your feedback and comments. They’re very much welcome but please, lets be nice and share positive comments and love! That being said…
Let me start off by asking how many of you have been contacted by distressed future brides or fiance who, not at all or in any way, happy with their engagement photos and want them redone! Or they were so uncomfortable with their past photographer that they want to get someone new to do their bridal pictures and/or wedding. I have been shocked time and time again by how many clients that have come to me because of this. Almost like getting a bad tattoo, most of my clients in this situation feel like they are stuck with such a horrible experience throughout the rest of their bridal and wedding photography plans. And to add on top of their experience are the stresses of limited time and money to find a new photographer. Well here are some of the things that I find really help to avoid being THAT photographer…
Bring a portable speaker
- Make a playlist of fun and romantic songs that can be played while shooting. I can’t tell you how many couples have told me how it helps them get in the mood to get those amazing shoots that you’ve prepared so hard for.
Bring additional props
- Your couples/individuals might not be interested in props but I found that having them really helps to up-do a location or candid pose. Bring along blankets, battery powered evening lighting or even an instrument to place in the corner. I’ve had tons of compliments from couples who wanted that extra added prop that made the picture pop even more.
- I really don’t mind investing a little in my couples who book with me. After all, it should be all about them, right? I try to bring along snacks like pretzels, trail mix, cookies and water for my clients. Who doesn’t get hungry when posing for killer shots right?
Heater/Extra winter wear
- Alright, this is mainly for the super cozy and ultra-magical winter sessions that take place at some beautiful remote location up in the snowy mountains. When you have a couple or bride and groom standing for even 10 minutes in the cold it will become miserable and could potentially end with you saying adios to some amazing photos and leaving a seriously freezing and unhappy couple. Bringing heaters to have waiting right after a winter wonderland shoot can save you in so many ways and it will impress your clients and help them have a better time. It is something I would invest in, especially for winter weddings/engagements.
I hope these tips have been helpful and I really hope you comment and share some experiences you’ve had in the past and what you did the make the situation better. Remember, we are all growing in skill. Photography is a form of art and expression. That’s what makes it so fun!