If you’re shooting an upscale wedding managed by a professional wedding planner, or if you’re shooting a corporate event and working with their event planner, you probably have all your bases covered. They are pros. They know the drill. This article is not about those kinds of jobs.
However, maybe you work with a lot of small organizations, often nonprofit, like I do. They don’t have professional event planners on staff. The contract is the easy part–what you'll do and deliver for how much money. It's all the little things that aren't in the contract that can trip you up and make the difference between a smooth, successful shoot and a really difficult one. They don’t know what they don’t know. You’re the photographer. You’ll deliver good photos, right? That's as far as their thinking goes.
Over the years, I’ve repeatedly encountered five types of issues that my (and your) clients really need to consider if they want their photographer to deliver what they want and need (even if they don’t know what that is quite yet). Read more.