Worst things you can do to your wedding photographer!
Treating the photographer as a personal assistant (asking to run errands, put on boutonnieres, direct people to the ceremony/reception, etc.)
Your photographer may be all day by your side and she/ he has a lot of experience on weddings but he is there to take your photos and all that has to do with that; he/ she is not your personal assistant.
Forgetting to order a meal for the photographer(s), if photo coverage is over six hours.
After 6 or even 10 to 12 non-stop hours of shooting, carrying heavy equipment and following you everywhere, it’s necessary to need to eat and drink something. Remember to talk to your planner or your catering vendor about that. It’s really important for your photographer to always keep track of what is happening even those 30 minutes during his/her meal, so ask your vendor to accommodate your photographer in a nearby room or salle and not somewhere hidden in the backstage so as to be able to take action if necessary.
Asking the photographer to shoot for an extra hour or two expecting it to be free or at the same price. Wedding photographers do know and understand that it is not easy to stick to the plan on a wedding day and it may be so for many different reasons. But this doesn’t mean in any case that your photographer has to adapt to those delays and that he would be unconditionally present to your wedding until your schedule comes through. As he has a contract to honor the same stands for you; in case that you need him/ her more than the agreed hours you should talk with him in order to find the best solution for both of you.
Leaving the payment for the end of the wedding day.
So, you agreed to pay the rest of the amount due to your photographer on the wedding day by check. Remember to do it at the beginning of the day, during your preparations for example. Ask someone close to you to remind it to you and take care of it in a specific timeframe at the beginning of the day. In this way it will be one more thing done and you will not have to worry about it later. At the end of the day, you will be tired, a bit drunk, if not from alcohol surely from happiness, and you will certainly not be in the mood to leave the party to go find that check and pay your photographer. And it certainly isn’t fun for your photographer either who has to gather, check, pack his gear and leave to continue working from his place to back up and secure your photos, to run after you while partying to get paid.