Essential Tips you should communicate with your couples!
We’re Anton and Natalie. We document love and adventure in the great outdoors. Our clients have taught us so much from day one of our elopement photography journey. Here are a few tips from our client guide to share with your clients!
There’s No Such Thing As Bad Weather
As photographers the most common question we are asked is what we do in bad weather. Our response is simple. Short of a catastrophic blizzard or hurricane coming through on elopement day, no weather is bad weather! Safety is important, but photos in the rain or under moody skies create the most dramatic scenery. To put our clients at ease we always have a couple of clear umbrellas on hand in case of a passing shower.
Don’t Downplay Your Elopement
Whether you want to go casual or wear the fanciest clothes you have ever laid your eyes on, it is still the best day ever which deserves to be celebrated. Eat your favorite foods, pop a bottle of expensive champagne, and do the things which mean the most to you as a couple. This is some of the best advice we give our clients. They walk away fulfilled, happy, and with no regrets about their special day!
We primarily photograph adventure elopements, and with that there are so many variables coming into play which might impact the overall day. Weather, flexibility for other vendors, trail conditions, ever changing permit requirements... The list goes on and on. Always have a ‘plan a’, ‘plan b’, and ‘plan c’ in your back pocket. Communicate and decide on different plans which can be great alternatives with your clients ahead of time.
Perfection Doesn’t Exist
The wedding industry has a lot of people fooled. As difficult as this conversation can be, nothing is perfect in life, especially your wedding or elopement day. Adventure elopements are what we like to refer to as perfectly imperfect. The day will feel perfect once it has arrived, but 99% of the time something might come up. Generally little things, but letting your clients know this will emotionally prepare them for anything.
Don’t Forget The Legal
I think it goes without saying, if you are eloping and planning to get married on the day you hire your photographer, it is so important to get all of the research done in advance. COVID has thrown a bit of a wrench into simply walking into a city or town clerk’s office. Many require advance reservations in order to obtain a marriage certificate in the US now. Check this in advance so there are no surprises!
Be Mindful of Your Impact on the Land & Others
If eloping on public lands the number one tip we as photographers are responsible for telling our clients is paying close attention to their overall impact. There are so many beautiful places in the world where commercial photography is now permitted or entirely restricted due to abuse by photographers and their clients. If we treat the land and other visitors with respect, and obey all rules we will be able to ensure future access for our clients.
Here are a few things to be mindful of.1) Not trampling over fragile vegetation. Human traffic can harm sensitive plant species and cause erosion, permanently altering the landscape
2) Respecting the fact that other visitors have just as much of a right to be there as our clients. Playing music can annoy others, who may be looking to enjoy nature in silent contemplation. Asking people to move for a photo is rude.
3) Do not leave any food or trash behind. Keep in mind that trash isn’t just limited to candy wrappers or food containers. Anything that doesn’t naturally exist in a place, shouldn’t be there to begin with. This includes confetti, smoke bombs, lanterns, balloons...Carry in, carry out.
4) Leave what you find. It may be tempting for your client to pick beautiful wildflowers for their session. The truth is, it’s hard to know if the flowers are a food source for animals or possibly endangered. Others will also want to enjoy those blooms as well.
5) Do not location tag on social media, or in general advertise very specific areas. This is always a contentious point, but social media is a powerful resource and many once wild and secluded locations are now overcrowded thanks to location tags. Overcrowding is bad for the land, bad for future clients, and makes your job as a photographer more difficult if you have a client who wants a private place in which to say their vows. Instead of tagging a specific spot, we encourage you and your clients to tag a more general area (i.e. Germany, California, New Hampshire).
These are just a few examples. Be mindful of how your actions can impact the land. For more information please refer to the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace.
We are a husband and wife adventure elopement photography team based out of scenic New Hampshire, United States. Our mission is to help couples celebrate the most important day of their lives in the most beautiful and unique settings doing what they love most. When we aren’t photographing elopements, we love world travel, exploring in our self-converted camper van, and outdoor adventures ranging from hiking to mountain biking to skiing.