Wedding photographers, they deserve more than just the money. What they deserve is the respect and appreciation.

Wedding photographers

 I am writing this just not for wedding photographers in Ahmedabad but this article is for all the wedding photographers and their clients. And specially for those clients who needs to understand the value of the wedding photographer. Recently I been to a wedding, where i saw the clients and their family treating the photographers very badly. I really felt sorry for the wedding photographers, and it really made me write this article here. So here is what happened with those guys. 

Being a fashion photographer, I never understood the hard work and efforts it takes to be a wedding photographer. Wedding photographers not only have to work under uncertain conditions. But they also have to work in a limited amount of time with out any planning sometimes. When i say wedding photographers that also means the entire team, from wedding cinematographers, to videographers to candid photographer even their helpers.

Wedding photographers are no GODS. They need time.

So, i was enjoying the wedding functions. And suddenly heard lot of noise from bride and groom’s room side. I went there to just check weather everything was going good. What i saw was there were few people, shouting on the wedding photographers, who were trying to shoot the couple’s portraits. The family member wanted to take the couple for the rituals. They were being very abusive to the photographers. I felt bad for them. Being humble the photographers really were being very calm. Now i do not understand , if you want good pictures why you are not giving them good enough time.

Then they went for the rituals, and photographers started working as everything was normal. Then after sometime, during the rituals I saw some guys (who were drunk) were coming in the frame of one photographer. He requested for like so many times to them for moving out of the frame, so he can get that perfect angle. Suddenly one guy took away that photographer’s camera and threw it on the floor. Now that really was it for the photographer. He stopped shooting and went to the team leader and explained him everything. The team leader went to the client and explained but i guess there was no solution or whatever. But my point is that why anyone would do that. The photographer was doing his job and finding a good frame. Those guys were so wrong and throwing away the camera was really a cheap move.

Dear clients, do read following to know why your wedding photographers needs respect from you guys.

Owning a good DSLR does not make you a good photographer, your wedding photographers have put up more then just the money. But as most of the clients understand the language of money only, so here is how much your wedding photographers have spend before they started their wedding photography business.

  • Take Photography Classes – 1,00,000/- Rs
  • Professional camera and professional lighting equipments – 6,00,000/- Rs
  • Legal fees and photography contracts – 10,000/- Rs
  • Softwares and computers – 1,60,000/- Rs
  • Marketing budget for their business – 1,00,000/- Rs

So a total of around 9,70,000/- is a good budget to start their photography business, and do keep in mind this is just one photographer’s budget so if you are hiring a team. They have spend lot of amount and time to learn and be in the business. So respecting the amount given and the time they spend to learn you should at least be a nice person and respect your wedding photographers.

 

Be a client for whom the photographer would love to work again

Being a Photographer isn’t just a job of clicking button but way too much than that. Every photographer reading this will agree this and even all the non- photographers must agree this too. Today, photography involves various aspects. Though having a DSLR makes you a photographer already, but again it’s majorly on the talent to find the scene and click the pic.

  • Understand the process and what you are paying for
  • Don’t ask for more photos than delivered
  • Don’t expect big discounts or free photography
  • Do not ever crop out watermarks
  • Unless they offer, do not ask them to do the type of photography they do not do
  • Give them proper credits on social media
  • Camera does not make the image, it is your photographers who does so respect them and be nice

 

My this article is mixture of my hate and other feelings, but at the same time I want to convey a message to all the clients out there. Wedding photographers are really working hard to give you what you deserve, so at least you can try to give them what they deserve and that is a huge RESPECT so please be nice with your wedding photographers. 

Author: Varun

Varun Patel is big name when it comes to Fashion Industry. His work has been published in magazines like FTL, Femina and many others. He also conducts Fashion Photography Workshops and shares his knowledge with other photographers. He mostly shoots Fashion and Commercial Portraits, during his free time he also likes to experiment with the conceptual editorials.

24 thoughts on “Wedding photographers, they deserve more than just the money. What they deserve is the respect and appreciation.”

  1. Much needed post of the hour. I truly believe in what you have written here sir, i am also a freelance candid wedding photographer who has just started in weddings and sometimes people just behave very rudely when they approach me for taking a portrait in the middle of the shot. Thankyou for raising this issue hope it reaches the masses

    1. Thanks Yogesh for agreeing with my point here. And yes i also wish it reaches more people so the people understands better and treat photographers in much nicer ways.

  2. Thank U So Much For This Article Sir, Ppl Also Wants Der Pictures Good Nd also coming in frame wid phone or entry level Dslr, Dey not even see our hard work Nd efforts to take dat priceless moments in cam
    Nd we guys are not operators we are an artists, it feels really bad when someone says vo bada lens nai h kya so Tum achhi Ni nikalte pictures.

  3. It’s parfect artical for photographers. Please give respect us we don’t need special respect but please don’t ask some bed words.we r capturing for your memory’s we r capturing your special day so please give us some respect and don’t ask for discount bcz also we have femily and we r doing for our femily

  4. Gonna share this as much as I can as this can help a lot of struggling nd established photographers as well, I need those “clients” to understand the value of a photographer who saves the memories of their precious events beautifully but ends up being victim of huge cost cutting in the name of not so good clicks and lack of cooperation at the event venue. Thanks a lot for sharing this !☺️? Raising voice for everyone, keep it up !

    1. ” ends up being victim of huge cost cutting in the name of not so good clicks and lack of cooperation at the event venue ” wow now you are hitting right buttons. Trust me the clients are really worst when it comes to this part omg everyone is facing the similar issues. This community has to raise their voice

  5. I am not commercial photographer but I do it for hobby. You have really hit the nail with your article, and what about time spent on learning and mastering skills.
    Thank you for such a good article

  6. Absolutely agree sir….We faces very rude behave from some of clients… thanks for raising this topic sir..we needs rasing more and more…we love u…

  7. Absolutely right sir..photographer is an artist after all..they put their all efforts to create a magical moment for their clients so in future whenever they look at their images..they’ll get smile on their faces..and if somebody put so efforts..clients should respect them..they should realise that if they spoil anyting and create scene over there..eventually their own wedding or precious moment will spoil..always have respect for any artist..photographers are creaters..respect!
    And thanks to you to write this article..so many poeple follows you..they read this and hopefully realise this..!

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