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A Short Question and Answers session with Yves Mozelsio - Photographer & Owner YJM Photography

By Gwen Helbush
Founder, Bay Area Wedding Network 

Q: What kind of insurance should we ask if Photographers have?
A: Photographers should have liability insurance. There are some venues that require this from their vendors. If anyone were to get injured by tripping on photo equipment, the couple and venue should not be held responsible.

 

Q: How do you recommend wedding photographers dress for the day of the wedding?
A: Dress as if you’re one of the guests on the wedding day. T-Shirts and jeans are much too casual and are a reflection of you and your studio. Also, some venues have dress codes.

 

Q: What have you heard other photographers do that makes your job harder? 
A: If a couple is interested in a limited number of hours because of budget, don’t knowingly make false promises just to get the job. The last thing that you want to tell the couple on their wedding day is that there isn’t enough time to take the photos planned and that extra paid time would be needed - The discussion of services and money on the day of an event sound be avoided!

 

Q: What is a mistake you see other photographers make that may cost them clients?
A: I recommend to not over-schedule meetings with potential clients on the same day. Some studios employ individuals whose main job responsibility is selling services. If that’s the case that wouldn’t be an issue, but most photographers need to sell their own services. That initial first meeting is critical, and 100% of your focus should be on the couple and their wedding day. If a couple doesn't feel a connection with you, it doesn't matter how good you are. If you're tired from a long day of meeting with current and potential clients, there's a good chance you won't be hired. 

 

Q: What would you tell a new wedding photographer never to forget to do?
A: Prepare your equipment for a wedding the day before the event, and not the morning of. This includes making sure your equipment is working properly, charged and ready to go packed in the car. On the day of the event, the last thing you want to discover is that a piece of equipment is malfunctioning or that you left something at home. Having a checklist before leaving for the event is also recommended. Have you ever had a dream of leaving your memory cards at home - Let is stay as a dream and not reality!

 

Q: Any last advice you would like to share?
A: Very basic but never be late for a wedding. Couple’s plan months sometimes years for their perfect wedding. The last thing a photographer or any vendor wants to do is stress out the couple. They’ll remember this throughout their wedding day and the experience of photographing their wedding might not be as enjoyable to anyone, including yourself. Also, don't expect any referrals to come your way!
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