Always document all of the things that are being talked about and have both parties sign.
Get it notarized to ensure that the documents are all legal and binding. When you have something down on paper, you can be rest assured that you have something to hold up to people when push comes to shove. Although it is not really all that healthy to think bad about people in general, you need to keep in mind that in wedding photography, you are trying to run a business. In business, you don’t simply leave everything up to good faith, hoping that people are trustworthy and hoping that they will be able to pull through on what they promised you. This is not the right way to do business. Even if you are dealing with close friends and relatives, constantly make a habit out of always leaving a paper trail behind one way or the other just to ensure that you are safe and that everything that you are doing is well established and well documented. Abusive clients will be having a very hard time in refuting you and your claims when you have everything down on paper with their signature to boot. This is the best layer of protection that you can ever lay out for your wedding photography dealings so make it a point to always document your transactions as you go along.
Be very specific about the overall costs.
Make sure that there is no room left for discussion or misunderstanding. When they ask you for the total price, make sure that you have already prepared the total costs well ahead of time. This way, you don’t end up misquoting them. Abusive clients will take this as a sign that you are not really all that confident about your pricing quote in wedding photography just yet. They will try to haggle you and bully you into persuasion so that you end up lowering your prices for your services. This is not a healthy business practice and you should not succumb to it as much as possible. If you will be able to help it, always come off with a strong quote every single time. There should be no room left for doubt. Be confident and back your pricing up in the best way that you know how. Bring in a pitch as well. You are basically selling your services in wedding photographer and that is a very precious and special commodity when you come to think about it.
In the event of add on services, get official and documented sign offs every single time.
There have been lots and lots of scenarios in wedding photography wherein the wedding photographer was asked by the clients to stay behind because of extended celebrations and he didn’t get paid for it. Bring an extension contract along with you just in case. You will never really know for sure when you are going to need one at the end of the day.
Social media is something that has flourished and has blown up and has gone completely all over the place for quite some time now. More and more businesses out there are able to really appreciate the fact that social media has allowed them to reach out to virtually unlimited potential clients by the sheer magic of a thing called the internet. When it all comes down to it, you should too. Social media is something that will really be able to catapult you as well as your wedding photography business to marketing success. Take a few minutes out of your day to go through the newsfeed of your wedding photography business social media accounts so that you will be able to more or less sift through the posts related to your field in wedding photography.
Post or re-share relevant content every now and then, just to keep you visible to the existing subscribers that you might have right now as well as gain more followers in the future. You have to know well ahead of time though that social media will take a long time before it can show some serious progress or rise. This is something that you will need to be patient and extra diligent with. Have patience in cultivating your social media accounts because this is something that you will really reap the rewards from in the future.
Impress with fast turnaround time
Strive to always impress your clients when it comes to your turnaround time for the delivery of the final finished photos of the wedding photo shoot. This is something that can really be quite difficult to deal with at first but you will eventually get the hang of things the longer that you are able to work on it and the more that you get to practice on it. Clients are always looking out for faster delivery times. As a matter of fact, more and more clients are even looking for wedding photography experts who will be able to do same day edits. This can be tough and this can be something that will really require you to at least have some kind of formal or technical training for in natural wedding photography. If you can’t pull off the same day edits just yet, there really is no need for you to go ahead and beat yourself up over it.
Learn to do same day editing
A lot of wedding photographers out there can’t do same day edit either. You should however make a mental note to learn how to do it sometime in the near future once you are able to settle down on your wedding photography career. Start off with the regular post shoot editing process. Make sure that you are able to establish a good and working system. Make it a point to really file, name, and arrange the wedding photo shoot files that you have and keep them as organized as much as possible. Always make good on your promised delivery time and strive to over deliver or to deliver the photos ahead of the promised date and time, if this is something that you will be able to work out at some point. This is something that your clients will really be able to remember and appreciate.