November 9 / 2014

(F)otography Flash: How Can You Help Your Wedding Photographer? Part 1

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Happy Monday to all of our readers! Today we have a very special treat to share with you, one that will hopefully help ease you back into the work week.

As Ovando announced back in October, we are thrilled to bring our readers a très magnifique line-up of contributing writers, coming to us across an array of various art and design fields. (Check out Merci New York’s last piece if you’ve not yet seen it!). Today we have the pleasure of introducing you to Kristin Reimer of Photomuse, the award-winning wedding photojournalists bringing beauty to many of our fellow & beloved New Yorkers! Ovando has had the privilege of working with Photomuse for many months now and we’re always so wholly inspired by their creativity, energy and professionalism. So, without further ado, we hand it over to Kristin who is here today to introduce a two-part series on how YOU can help your wedding photographer!

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Thank you, Ovando! We’re very happy to be here and we’re very happy to share some of our insights with Ovando’s readers. Launching into this partnership, I’ve recently been thinking a great deal about some of the things we as photographers can offer Ovando’s readers, many of them connoisseurs of the bridal style market. This made me recall an especially memorable client meeting from years ago, where in the midst of discussing what I could do for this particular couple on their wedding day, the savvy team turned the tables on me and asked me a simple question that left me speechless with wonderment.

“How can we help you?”

In a service industry, it is not often that you hear your clients ask what they can do to help you. I will admit I didn’t even know how to answer that one at first. I gave them a few basic answers off of the top of my head, but the question lingered in my mind long after their cake was cut and their photographs had been delivered. During every wedding from that day forward, this question would again resonate with me and I would notice ways in which that question would apply.

So what can you do to help your wedding photographer?


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Prior to the wedding:

  1. Good Communication: Keep the photographer appraised of changes in your schedule, times, locations, etc.
  2. Introduce the Vendors: A quick email introduction is always helpful, or send us the names and emails of those involved should we wish to reach out to each other.
  3. Regulations: Clergy, venues or reception halls sometimes have regulations for photographers. Find out if any exist and keep your photographer informed.


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Getting Ready:

  1. Be on Time. It’s normal for the day to run late, but the more punctual you are, the more relaxed you and everyone around you will be. You will be happier in the end if you plan to be on time.
  2. Clean Your Room: Consider the room you are getting ready in as your stage. Yes, while there will be many shots and special moments to be captured here, it’s still preferable not to spoil the very first moment when you’re seen in your veil by surrounding yourself with a pile of dirty clothes and scatted paraphernalia.  Perhaps in the future we’ll use Photoshop to clean up and edit out entire rooms, but for now, it’s still up to us! Designate a family member or bridal party member to help you.

And then, before you can blink, the big day will undoubtedly sneak upon you. It’s a day that you’ll surely remember for the rest of your life so we want to make sure that we capture every moment of it, from the ceremony and reception through into the post-wedding wrap. For more invaluable tips on how to help your wedding photographer, make sure to check back next week here at Ovando!

Thanks again, Kristin, for those super insightful pointer and we look forward to having you back next week!

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