How to be a People Person when You’re in the Wedding Photography Business

I’ve always said that the one aspect that I liked most about the wedding photography business is meeting new people. Despite knowing a soon-to-be-married couple for barely a few weeks, most families would welcome you with open arms and they would give you an insight into how they interact with each other.

However, being a wedding photographer requires more people skills than you can imagine. Since you will be photographing a couple of families whom you’ve just met, how can you deal with them in such a way that you will meet the expectations of your couple client as far as the quality of the shots go?

Here’s my ten cents worth of advice when it comes to dealing with people while covering weddings:

  • First, allow other people to take pictures throughout the day, even during the formal photo sessions. This is probably one of the most annoying things that you have to deal with as a photographer. I try to choose the lesser evil and just allow other people with their own cameras to shoot over my shoulder even during the formal shots – as long as I know that the photos I will take will turn out good – and everyone will be looking at my camera.
  • As long as it doesn’t interfere with my job as the official photographer, I do accommodate the bride and groom’s family and friends to take their own memorabilia of the wedding day. After all, it is their friend/relative/colleague who is getting married – so who am I to stop them from taking pictures of the happy couple?
  • There will be instances when a person will suddenly walk into a scene that you are shooting. They will actually voluntarily move out of the way once they realize their error – so I usually don’t have to ask them to move. If someone accidentally walks into a picture, I simply reshoot the scene – otherwise, there’s no harm in politely asking someone to move.

All in all, you really won’t have any problems getting people to cooperate once they know that it is your job to take good pictures without them getting in the way. As long as you know where you stand as
the official photographer and you have this polite and friendly manner about you, you will more or less be able to get along with whatever number of guests your client couple invited to share their big day with
them.

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