What can you do to ensure you get great photos from your wedding?
Getting great images of your wedding is the job of your photographer and their team, including post-production and editing.
But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things that you can do to ensure that you get great shots. And it is all about having very open communication with your photographer.
Your images should reflect the style and personality of your Wedding – which in turn should be true to who you and your fiancé are at heart.
Make sure you share with your photographer whether your wedding is traditional, quirky or contemporary. This will help them to advise on shooting in a traditional style, where many shots are structured and posed; a photo journalistic style – grabbing real life action as it happens; or whether to go for artistic and unusual.
If you are convinced that your nose is huge if viewed on the left hand side – tell your photographer.
If, despite loving him to the moon and back, you really don’t like his ears – tell your photographer.
Usually, after the ceremony, your photographer will take you off into a park, a beach, a river, the centre of town, to get beautiful images with your bridal party, (prior to the fun of the reception). Consider your shoes – and let your photographer know if you are not going to be able to handle grass or heaps of stairs. Or wear flats for this part of the day. Also look into getting heal protectors so that your heals don’t dig into the soft grass or sand.
Your photographer will be ‘your eyes’ to witness moments that you won’t see on the day. So, brief them as to some of the special friends and family who you particularly want immortalised in your wedding album. Even putting together a bit of a list can sometimes help if you have a lot of people to get through or if someone has come from interstate or overseas that you don’t want to miss.
If you are not all that comfortable in front of the camera – practice. Arrange a pre-wedding shoot with your photographer in a relaxed environment so that you can have a bit of fun with your fiancé before the big day. Bring along some props if you like.
Your photographer will give you direction through-out your wedding day so that they can take the most flattering photos and make the most awkward couple look and feel natural and at ease. And the posed shots that some people dread will be instructed so the photographer gets the best angle to compliment you both.
Time of day will have a big impact on your images – not just for outside shots, but also for how much light will be in the venue. If you were having a winter wedding you would want to have your ceremony no later than 2pm to allow for limited lighting conditions for example. Again – discuss this with your photographer.
Don’t short change yourself on time. Allow an hour at each stage of preparation so that you get the photos of you getting ready but also those all important shots of you with your family and bridal party, plus all the detail of your day. Also allow for at least an hour to do location photos so that you have a variety of shots and locations to choose from. These are the photos that you will more than likely hang on your wall, so take the time to get those shots you will love forever! Allow for at least an hour to 2 hours at the reception to cover important things such as cutting the cake, first dance and maybe even speeches. But also allow for travel time in between if you are in multiple locations. This can really add up and no one wants to be running late on your wedding day.
Obviously you will choose a photographer whose work you admire. As well as analysing their work, make sure that you are comfortable with them, that you feel you can form a relationship that will ensure two way communication leading up to your wedding as well as being your trusted expert and friend on the day.