Once upon a time I was photographing a nice wedding on Manhattan’s upper east side at some chic boutique hotel whose name escapes me.
It was late into the night and the bride was dancing with a friend.
I brought the camera up to my eye and started getting a few candids of them as they danced.
And all of a sudden, out of nowhere, the man she was dancing with hauled off and punched me in my arm.
He must’ve thought I was an unwanted paparazzi wedding crasher.
He was also drunk out of his mind.
I wasn’t, and that’s why I could feel the pain! It hurt!
I got out of that spot to shake it off. And to not get hit again.
The bride rushed up to me and apologized, making sure I was okay. I was rubbing my arm, mumbled something about being fine. I took a moment to regain my footing – and marched back into the fray with my camera. The show must go on.
Which brings me to this.
When you go around interviewing photographers for your wedding, a smart question to ask might be, “what’s the worst thing that’s happened to you at a a wedding, and how did you handle it?”
And here’s why that would be very smart of you to ask.
It’s not because you want to hear their horror stories.
But you do want to hear how the person you’re considering bringing into your wedding will handle things when something goes wrong.
How they’ll conduct themselves with your loved ones and dear friends when things get upset.
Because you don’t know this stranger. You don’t know how they’ll act.
Or, heavens forbid… react.
So maybe the photographers you ask tell you the worst thing that’s happened to them is when the images got corrupted in the camera, or someone stole their gear, or they got a flat en route to a wedding, or guests blocked their shots, or the videographer got in the way…
Asking “so what did you do?” tells you if you’re dealing with a calm, level headed professional who takes care of situations in an intelligent, quick, proficient manner – or someone who’s prone to get agitated, rude, someone who’ll blame others and make excuses instead of taking the reigns and resolving the issue in a professional manner.
Good tip, don’t you think?
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