Written and shot by NYC Wedding Photographer Angela Cappetta.
Do’s and don’ts photographers swear by. To enumerate, these are a few wedding dos and don’ts photographers need to remember when they’re on set. No one is more important than the other. Moreover, they are all important. These are only a few dos and don’ts that can sometimes make or break a professional photographer. If you have others that you feel are important, leave them in the comments below. We’d love to read your thoughts on how you operate with your team on a job.
- Do have a well-packed gear bag. Your gear bag is the lifeblood of your job. Photographers need to make sure the primary gear is in order. Furthermore, a second set of back up-gear is crucial.
- Do have a clean driver’s license. You need to be able to drive in every city in which you are working.
- Don’t “tell on” guests. There is always one drunk idiot. With this job, this is what you sign up for. There are always guests who are taking it a little too far, Avoid them. You do not need to tolerate abuse. However, if a guest is highly disruptive, tell the wedding planner.
- Do be commensurate professional. Remember, you are being paid to offer your professional photography services. You may be an artist, but you are also there to do a job. This includes basics like being on time, dressing appropriately, being considerate, and engaging in standard professional language and social cues.
- Don’t be unprepared. When things go sideways, don’t stand there whining about how you “had no idea” that you’d need this or that piece of equipment. Even if it means your bag will be 3 kilos heavier, pack it anyway. If you need it you’ll be glad it’s there.