As photographers, we try our best to capture and produce the best possible images for our clients. Though a lot of the rituals and routines may be the same, each wedding will always possess its own distinct flavour.
Each one presents a unique kind of experience for us photographers, many times a new and different kind of challenge. As part of it, meeting new and interesting “personalities” is something we look forward to every single wedding.
Brides and grooms, here are a few reminders you can give to your entourage to ensure a fun and stress-free shoot:
1. “Are you weather proof?”
It would be nice if you’re not allergic to extreme weather conditions i.e. you don’t transform to a madman or go all crazy when placed under the sun.
2. “I’m no diva”
Remember, you’re not the star. You’re in a supporting role, so do just that. Support the bride and groom. Giving off an “attitude” before, during and after the shoot is definitely not appreciated. Don’t be a source of negative vibe.
3. “Be the actor/cast”
Photographers are supposedly the directors of the shoot. So as part of the cast, do cooperate. Avoid giving your own directions and opinions. “You’re shooting against the light”, “The pose needs to be this and that”. We know you’re just trying to help out, but believe me, not only is it annoying, its insulting as well.
4. “No ‘arthritic’ excuses”
Some shots may require you to kneel, squat, bend, contort and maybe even climb. But there’s always a reason for this. Have you heard of the term “tiis-ganda”? One of the other ways to support the bride & groom on their big day is to go along with what can make their mementos picture perfect.
5. “1:00pm is not 1:30”
When shooting a wedding, one of the challenges that we encounter is the time given to us to shoot everything. When we’re scheduled to do the entourage shot at a certain time and 1 or 2 are missing, it becomes a cause of delay. Not.Fun.At.All.
6. “The camera loves you”
Smile. It’s a wedding after all. Enjoy!