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Pre-Event Photos Can Contribute to the Overall Story
Photograph the venue, table settings, and other beautiful details before the guests arrive. These are just as important as the story that unfolds. Many clients don’t think about this. But they will appreciate a snap of the setting that they spent so much time (and money) on.
Have a Solid Contract (Written By a Lawyer)
Event photography is not something to mess around with. And event photographers find themselves in hot water at an unfortunate rate. This can be disgruntled brides wanting a refund because they overspent on their wedding. Or angry parents upset at you for a circumstance beyond your control. One of the best things you can do for your business is hiring a good contract lawyer. A contract lawyer will ensure that you cannot be sued or held accountable for situations that are far beyond your control. And they won’t let clients request deceptive refunds. Make sure that all your paperwork is either written by or approved by a contract lawyer. If you operate a photography business, it is good practice in general to have your favorite lawyer on retainer. If a not-so-fun circumstance arises. they’re there to help.
Be Punctual (Arrive Early!)
As they say, if you’re on time- you’re late! With event photography, always ensure that you put your professional foot forward. I suggest arriving approximately a half hour early. This should be enough time for parking, unloading equipment, surveying the space once more, and checking in with your client. This applies to client consultation meetings as well. If your first impression is punctuality, you’re off to a good start.
What to Wear for Event Photography
Although we are photographers and not guests, that doesn’t mean we get a free pass on doing whatever we want. There are many ways to show your professionalism. One of which is dressing appropriately for the event you are photographing. If you are photographing a wedding, dress nicer for the occasion. This doesn’t mean sacrificing comfort or convenience. But dressing a little bit more formal makes all of the difference. Don’t show up in an old ripped shirt and blue jeans. For a birthday, or holiday, or corporate event, put on clothing that reflects the event you are working at. Even a live concert still requires a certain aesthetic if you’re representing the band or a commercial client. This is a sign of respect for the client and their event. You also never know who you may meet working at an event.
See you next week on Lets Go Big Tunes blog page for more photography tips for events