Recently I was asked to participate in a PUG Panel. PUG is the adorable acronym given to the Pictage User Group, where local photographers can meet, network, gain inspiration and advance their education. Being asked to participate in the panel was an honor, as it is your photographer who holds the key to capturing and preserving the moments and memories of your day.
Organized by Chelsea Nicole and hosted by the lovely ladies at Scheme Events, the focus of the April 25, 2012 meeting was "Learning from a Wedding Coordinator's Perspective". Each Las Vegas Wedding Planner and Consultant was asked to participate in an anonymous survey. The answers were then combined with the national perspective and provided to photographers in an effort to highlight what planners seek in vendors.
While some of the answers were standard and expected (be on time, dress professionally, etc.) there were a few stand out moments and ideas which I would like to share:
1. It is imperative the share your wish list of photos with your photographer, and to have those shots built into the timeline of your wedding. There is nothing worse than missing your wedding in an effort to "create" a moment. Be sure to give your photographer and planner detailed ideas, but be flexible! And be in the moment!
2. Details! Details! Details! You know those place cards you agonized over for weeks? And the ceremony aisle way you spent months designing and dreaming of? It would be a shame to miss these details in their perfect, pristine condition! Especially since you will not see them before they have been touched by your guests! Give your photographer time to shoot privately in the space.
3. Viewing your images. Be certain that you communicate how you wish to see your images, as that will affect the initial time frame of the turn around. Some wedding planners (and brides) want to see the full, untouched images ASAP, while others are willing to wait 4 - 6 weeks in order to see them beautifully adjusted and corrected by the professional hand of your photography team. Be upfront, be honest, and be sure that everyone is aware of the expectation.
I know that it is supposed to be anonymous, but one of my personal, favorite things is when a photographer captures a private moment between me and my couple. No, I am not as important as the parents, the bridal party, or that darling little toddler prancing around the dance floor. But by the time I send my couple down the aisle and towards a life together I feel that they are a part of me and my journey as much as I am a part of theirs. And so while the bride may not treasure the lone photo of us whispering in the hallway, and the groom may bypass the moment I pinned his boutonniere, these are the moments I treasure! And that's what this panel was about...