Working with other wedding vendors
You are not the only one hired to be at this wedding. There are plenty of other wedding vendors at the wedding that you'll be shooting at from the food people to the coordinator to the V the venue. People. There are tons of other vendors and you are all technically working on the same team. The best practice is to be polite and courteous and talk to them. Communication is so important, especially because you are all trying to achieve the same thing. You're all there to work, you're all there to make sure that the day goes smoothly and you're all there to help each other really. So being polite is one thing. Second thing is to talk to them. I love talking to wedding vendors, especially like the DJ s or the coordinators on, you know, have they worked together before? How long have they known the couple? How did their process go in your quick downtime? Making small talk is really good because it builds a little bit of team connectivity. Having to be buddies with the DJ is really helpful b...
ecause a lot of times they'll give you a heads up or they'll find you before something starts and that will help you be a better photographer. It's also really cool. Sometimes I'll go around and I'll take photos of the other vendors exchange contact information so that you can then provide them with a really nice professional photo because we all need photos for our businesses and they will have your contact information for potentially another job if you can start to build a network of other wedding vendors that aren't just photographers. It's another avenue of getting more work, especially if you're in a small town and you guys all start working together. Now, a very specific wedding vendor that you may be working with more so than others is a videographer. Now, whether that's yourself or another person, you have to really work in tandem with the videographer. It depends on what they've been hired to do. So again, talking to them either before the wedding or at the wedding in the morning is a really good way to communicate with them to decide who's going to be sort of taking the lead at certain times. Often I have seen that most of the time the photographer becomes the primary visual artist there and the videographer can kind of step aside. But a lot of times I will talk to the videographer and tell them, hey, I got my shot. Do you want me to keep them here? Is there something else you would like to do now would be the time and that has a really good way of building trust between you and the videographer because when it gets down to it, they will do the same thing. If something else comes up, they will make sure that you are there. And uh you both get the shot working in tandem is a really good thing for that because video is a little bit more variable. Right. There's so many more variables for the videographer. They have to worry about constant light, they have to worry about movement, they have to worry about audio and you can kind of just sneak in there and take a photo. But traditionally the wedding photographer has been around in weddings for so much longer and typically there's gonna be a photographer there before there's a videographer. So finding that balance and relationship with a videographer is very important, treat them with respect, share, let them know that you are willing to like work with them to bring them in, make sure that you get what you need to get because you are there to do a specific job.