Singapore wedding photographers are human too. They need to be respected when doing their jobs. I have seen first hand how some couples unreasonably demand and negotiate terms with wedding photographers. Sometimes, I wonder how these wedding photographers bear with their customers. The world can be a much happier place if everyone start to compromise with each other.
During a wedding photo shoot by a wedding photographer from GWS, I witnessed a couple demand the photographer to take numerous shots of the couple who were just striking a single pose from different angles. It would be alright if the couple just demanded the photographer to take a few shots according to their specific requirements. However, this continued on for at least half an hour. I could sense the awkward atmosphere and especially feel for the photographer. Wedding photographers should have the rights to take the photographs anyway they want it. They are the artist, the photographer after all. Who will bear the responsibility if the shots turned out not meeting expectations if the photographers were merely following the customers’ orders during the photo shoot?
In addition, some couples demand the photographers to buy them drinks during the breaks. Indeed, the couples are working hard during the photo shoot. But so is the photographer. Some customers thinks that just because they are the ones paying for the service, the vendor must do all it takes to make them happy and satisfied. Surely, the photographers must produce a good job with regards to the photography work. In my opinion, anything else will depend on the photographer’s will. If the photographer is not willing to do it for the customers, he is not wrong too.
Other common misunderstandings that sometimes arise is due to pricing reasons. Some extra fees charged by the photographers are not accepted by the customers. I will ask the customers to put themselves in the shoes of the photographers and reevaluate the situation again. Do they still feel the same way? For instance, it is a standard practice for photographers to charge extra for waking up extra early to go to the customer’s specified location for photo shoot. This usually happens during the actual day wedding photography where customers will want the photographers to arrive at their house early in the morning to take pictures of them preparing for the big day. It is definitely reasonable to place a premium for this additional service standards, and also to cover the transportation cost during the wee hours where public transports may not be operational yet.