When it comes to wedding photography, there's a lot more to consider than just beautiful pictures!
Many people don't realize that on the day of your wedding, you're often spending as much time with your photographer as you are your own family.
With this in mind, here are top things I think a wedding photographer needs to do a great job:
A Strong Body of Wedding Work
This may go without saying, but before you choose your photographer, be sure they have a strong body of wedding work that fits in with the vision you have of your wedding day.
Just because somebody is a photographer does not mean they can photograph a wedding. After all, you cannot re-take your wedding photographs, so make sure they have experience!
Dealing with Ambiguity
No matter how well you plan, there are always going to be a few curveballs on your wedding day.
A great wedding photographer needs to have a solid plan of action, but also be able to adapt to the circumstances. For example, maybe it's too hot to bring your elder family members outside for photographs, or maybe it started to rain—no matter what happens, a great photographer will remain calm and collected, giving you advice and guidance on how to best handle the situation.
Leave the Ego at Home
Wedding photography is a creative business. Unfortunately, creativity and ego too often go hand in hand.
Although your photographer's creative input is important, ultimately the day is not about the photographer—it's about you.
A photographer with a big ego can easily put a damper on the positive energy surrounding a wedding (which by the way, will directly impact how happy you look in pictures) so make sure your photographer is a calm and uplifting anchor and not a cause for unnecessary stress.
A Vision for Your Wedding
A great wedding photographer should have a plan as well as a vision for how they will go about capturing and telling the story of your wedding day.
Spur of the moment photographs are great and can get lead to some incredible images, but every great photographer should have a game plan on how to photograph each section of a wedding day.
Having a solid foundation allows the photographer to capture the must-have moments as well as create unique, artistic imagry.
More Than Just Your Wedding Photographer
A great wedding photographer does more than just take pictures.
Part photographer, part wedding planner, part art director, part stylist, part problem solver, part friend that's got your back, part therapist, part comedian—there's a lot they can contribute to the wedding day!
Getting to know the clients I work with and acting as a friend rather than just another vendor is the reason my photographs don't look stiff and posed. As the famous photographer Alfred Eisendstadt said, "It is more important to click with people than to click the shutter."
There are many more traits that a photographer can have, but these are the few I think are most important and try to embody as much as possible.
Let me know in the comments below if there's any other traits that are important to you!