Do you realize how having a wedding photographer means you take a huge leap of faith?
I mean, you want to bring in to your wedding some person you hardly know, who barely knows you.
A complete stranger. And somehow you expect that complete stranger to look at your wedding the same way you do.
To see your moments the way you do. To understand your life. To know what’s important to you.
So they can record those right moments with their cameras in a way that means the most to you.
Which means they need to identify and define your moments the same way you do.
How is that even possible?
You and your new spouse whom you share a life with is sometimes someone you can barely agree on which movie to see, yet you believe a stranger with a camera whom you don’t know at all will absolutely know just the exact right moments to photograph that mean the most to you.
Why? Because they photographed another person’s wedding last week?
How did they know what the most important moments for that couple?
And maybe they’ll give you the same routine treatment?
But to understand what’s in your mind, to be able to translate that on your wedding day into photos that got your wedding just right and not merely a pile of snaps taken at random throughout the day, well, a photographer would really have to be a mind reader to do that.
Or at the very least, your clone.
So as you go around talking to wedding photographers, ask them how they’d know.
Ask them what methodology they use to zero in to know what exactly out of everything going on at any one time at your wedding, how they’d know the one right perfect instance you’d most want a photograph of.
So you don’t end up with a routine, put in a mold, risking your personal moments being shoved to the side for the sake of how a photographer operates.
And see if you’re content with their explanation.
If they can even offer up an explanation.
If you’re not content with how they explain it, call me. I’ll show you exactly how I know what you want photographed at any given moment.
And I bet I’ll be right. So don’t be surprised when you find yourself agreeing with me.
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