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The last in the series "The 7 Biggest Errors Brides Make When Hiring a Photographer for Their Wedding and How to Avoid Them"

MISTAKE Number 5 - You don't give the photographer enough time to get the job done properly on the day!

Mistakes happen when you rush!

Or when there are not enough instructions. You concentrate so much on getting all the details organised, you forget to tell the photographer.

Be organized! Be organized! Be organized! And communicate all the details to your photographer, and also let him know any special needs, shots or relevant details, so you will not be let down.

Before the wedding get them involved. Let them know what your hopes and plans are. Who knows they may have some really cool ideas that might just thrill you or some useful tips on making sure your plans go smoothly.

You can save time, money and headaches from the very beginning by communicating with your photographer. You should think of your photographer as one of your wedding planners or coordinators. Consult with your photographer, they have been to hundreds of weddings! There is very little they don't know about weddings and how to organise them.

The time you start looking for your photographer is also an important consideration. You can’t expect very many good ones to be available if you start shopping only a few months before your big day. Most of the better ones are booked way ahead of that, often a year or more in advance.

MISTAKE Number 6 - they don't ask for references.

This is easy to solve. You can ask the photographer for actual names and ask to see actual samples from recent weddings, they should be able to give you half a dozen at least. But let's face it, this is almost too embarrassing for most of us to do to contact someone who got married a while ago and you don't know.

There should be references on the websites, ask to see all of the images from those weddings, even better still is to see an album.

MISTAKE Number 7 - You have several photographers competing with each other for your work.

You may think this is a good way to do business. And it is to some extent. But here is why it usually isn't a good way to deal with photographers.

A good photographer has enough loyal customers that they don’t, have to deal with price shoppers.

Once you find a good photographer, it is important to stay loyal to them. If you flip-flop, most photographers won’t be motivated to keep YOU as a customer.

Price is important. But price should not be more important than good quality and good service.

This is what some people like to do. They try to get everyone fighting for the same piece of the cake. This might be an OK short term strategy, because you save a few pounds, but, when you need a favour, or super-fast service - not one of these photographers will bend over backwards to help you. (And if you have been a price shopper in the past, they probably will charge you more!)

Every photographer expects to bend over backwards for their clients every now and again. Provided the customer is loyal, the photographer will do all he can to help.

All good photographers are loyal to you if YOU are loyal to them.

That's it, the last advice. I will put all of this series into a single pdf that can be downloaded, once I have done it I will put the link in here.

In the meantime if you have any questions, do ask them.

Regards to all

Robert
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