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    Want great pictures? Hire a good ... Wedding Planner?

    February 17, 2010

    I don't write very many words on this blog normally, it is a after all a photography blog, and the images are the primary focus here. However, I was asked the other day by an interviewer what I thought was one of the most important things a couple needed to do to get great photographs on their wedding day (Oh and they wouldn't let me just use the answer "hire me").

    My immediate response? ...

    "Easy, Hire a professional wedding planner!"

    Now before I get to all the reasons why, I want to answer the "oh your just kissing up to planners" question. I'm not I promise, this is not about any one individual planner or even just the ones in this area. I do love working with them, and I do love having them recommend our services, but I want them to do so based on our work, on the quality of our images, and the excellent customer service we provide. I think that once you see my reasoning you'll understand why I say that hiring a planner can make your pictures better.

    Now there are probably thousands of things that a great planner does before a wedding that I never see, so I preface everything that I am about to say here with this -

    "I am only discussing wedding planning and how it relates to the photographer and photography, in my opinion."

    I know there is way more to it then what I see at a wedding. My wife and I did hire a professional wedding planner for our wedding a few years ago when we got married so I have seen first hand as a client what one can do. For this blog entry however, I am only focusing on day of wedding coordination.

    What is a planners real job for your wedding day?

    To keep it running on schedule, running smoothly, coordinating numerous vendors, all the while providing a stress and worry free day for the bride and groom, the wedding party, and even the guests.

    Knowing this it is easy to see how how having a planner can make for better pictures, right? The goal of your photographer is to capture the beauty, the romance, the emotions of your special day. If you are worrying about the schedule, dealing with the details, if you are stressed about anything there is a chance of this showing in your pictures. So I'll try to sum up this long post with one easy statement...

    Anything that keeps you stress free, and makes you smile on your wedding day helps to make great images, and a great wedding planner can do all that and more.

    That's what I think ... what are your thought? Feel free to comment ...

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    posted by Yanman Photography
    12:15 PM


    Blogger Elisa said...

    Thank you for a great post! The points you made are excellent and I commend you for acknowledging the importance of hiring a wedding planner/coordinator. Allow me to take this a step further and add that the most successful, seamless and enjoyable weddings have one thing in common: a great vendor team. ("It takes a village....") There is nothing that planners like myself appreciate more than vendors who are willing to work with us!

    February 17, 2010 at 11:06 PM  
    Blogger The D-Tales said...

    I cant agree more with Elisa. It is indeed the team of people that make the day successful.
    I have heard the sad stories about missed photos because the photographer was helping the bride get dressed (thus no before the ceremony pictures of a cherished moment) or the DJ announcing the cake cutting when the bride and groom were nowhere to be found....
    Two people you must LOVE for an all day event----- the coordinator (to keep you stress free) and the photographer (so you are smiling and joyous in their presence).
    Excellent blog post!!!

    February 18, 2010 at 12:05 AM  
    Blogger The Savannah Wedding Planner said...

    Excellent observation and even more kudos for sharing it with everyone.I wish more photographers took this approach. I often try to remind photographers that without a planner, you (the photographer is left doing our job). Thank you again!

    February 18, 2010 at 2:30 PM  

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