I was in Central Park recently photographing a wedding when I saw a photographer with a very good looking bride and groom at Bethesda Fountain. But what struck me odd was their entourage: It was only the wedding couple, the photographer and an assistant, both dressed far too casually for a wedding day, carrying the bride’s veil in a large garbage bag.
Right then I knew this wasn’t a real bride and groom.
That wedding photographer had obviously gotten a couple of models to pose for him so he could build up his portfolio.
That’s okay… it’s good for practice. But here’s where it can go wrong. Unethical, actually. You need to ask yourself, are these wedding photographers telling you that the wedding photos you’re looking at from their portfolios as you go around interviewing wedding photographers, aren’t from real weddings? That it’s from a model shoot? That they’re not taken under the true circumstances, pressure and time constraints of a real wedding? Like when you need to nail the shot right and you’ve only got five minutes, not an hour to set up the perfect shot?
I don’t know. I only bring this up for you to know about. Because these things do happen.
Here’s the funny thing: While that wedding photographer was in between shots, another photographer approached the couple asking for their cards. A couple of weeks later I happened to be in Central Park again doing an engagement photo session – and lo and behold – there was the second photographer with that same model bride and groom, posing them and taking photos for his portfolio.
Made me wonder what these photographers tell prospective clients when their clients happen to see the same wedding couple in different photographers’ portfolios?
Anyway, when you’re checking out photographers, make sure the wedding photos you see on their website and in their portfolios are made of 100% wedding. No artificial ingredients.
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