FACE TO FACE by THE PORTUGAL WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER
Being a wedding photographer implies a series of services that are provided to the bride and groom in a period of time before, during, and after the wedding. One of the things the couple enjoys, usually, is a photographic session that conventionally, we need to give names to everything, we use to call it an elopement session or pre-wedding session. To offer that service, the photographer must have several places where he knows that the expectations are served and deliver to the couple a nice group of photos, to memorize those days before getting married. Usually being a gift, it is the moment where the photographer and the couple take advantage to meet again and, also, a way to get to know better and assure that on the wedding day does not exist a relationship between strangers with mutual expectations.
So, by the experience I have, in this very hard working day, each one must do what is supposed to do and with no need to manage expectations, that only get in the way of the twirl of emotions and happenings. Most of the time the difference between the first contact, with the couple and the wedding photographer, and the wedding day can be months and, sometimes, do not get me wrong but it already happened to me, it is possible to be with one couple for the wedding that I thought it was another one. This can happen because between the current weddings, the meetings with new possible clients, the editing and the planning of the albums it will run through the eyes and brain many, many faces, names, and stories to tell and, sometimes, oh!… after all it is them and not the ones I was thinking. Take it easy, I never changed the names, the date, and the place. Only the memory of the faces.
The pre-wedding session gives the wedding photographer and the couple a longer relationship than a meeting, sometimes at a distance, and he gets an idea of how they react in front of the cameras, something that can put away some people, how they interact with each other, how they move, smile and look. This will give the wedding photographer an idea of how to approach them, photographically, on the wedding day and make things easier and avoid learning those little things on the move because that was already done in the elopement session. So, after the pleasure I have In photographing in those late afternoons so pleasant to my lens, I will, also, have the pleasure to know them better and anticipate their expectations, even in the things that are not the responsibility of the wedding photographer, that can help me to better read them in that so important day of a yes, in date and place already in the calendar of the universe, surrounded by family and friends. I will be there.