WHEN THINKING ABOUT the WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHS THAT YOU WANT to look back on, there are some important POINTS THAT WILL MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE.
Your wedding photographer is there to give you the best memories of your big day. But these 5 top photography tips will help you work together with them to ensure you have the best wedding photographs to look back on.
1. TRUST YOUR WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER!
In my previous blog about how to prepare your wedding photo list I wrote about the importance of preparing a wedding photograph or shot list. This doesn’t mean you have to write endless lists of photos such as “dress hanging in window…bride getting into her dress…Dad looking proud” – we get the idea! Trust your photographer. A simple list will do. Your wedding photographer has been doing it for many years. They will be aware of how to get the best shots of what you have asked for.
2. THINK CAREFULLY ABOUT THE LIGHT.
This is something that some couples do not even consider on their wedding day. Light can change very quickly during your wedding day. For example, you decide to get married at 3pm in winter. You insist on photographs outdoors. The light will not lend itself to that time, compared to getting married earlier in the day. Be realistic about when your wedding photos need to be taken, what is going to work and what isn’t.
3. CHECK IF YOU CAN HAVE PHOTOS TAKEN AT THE CEREMONY.
As a wedding photographer there is nothing worse than having to stand at the back of a room or church because the person who is facilitating the marriage won’t allow photographs. These images are by far the most important taken during your wedding day. So it’s worth checking beforehand if there are any limitations on photography. For a wedding Photographer, the best moments are those that happen unexpectedly, such as you forgetting your wedding vows! So it’s important to make sure we can capture these cherished moments for you to look back on.
4. GREAT CREATIVE YOURSELVES!
Your wedding photographer is not there to snap away tirelessly throughout the day. Your wedding photographs should also be creative to reflect your personalities. What ideas would you love in your wedding photographs? Suggest them to the wedding photographer. But also don’t be frightened to listen to the ideas they have too (see point 1) and trust their experience and suggestions.
5. LEAVE ENOUGH TIME FOR YOUR WEDDING SHOTS!
The more time your wedding photographer has the better. You may think your relaxing wedding morning is going to plan, but all of a sudden your dress is taking longer than you thought to be laced up and before you know it you are running 15 minutes late, which then has a knock on effect for the whole day!!! Plan you day wisely. Make sure you add in enough time for wedding photos by asking your photographer how much time they need between the wedding service and wedding breakfast. The photocall which is the main part of the day can take you longer then you think when trying to round up guests who may be checking in their hotel room or are still at the bar!
So we hope that those top tips for your wedding photography have helped you to plan that important part of the day. Take a look at the other blogs to see if there is anything else we can help you with, or just contact us with any other questions and we will be delighted to help!
Wishing you all the best in your wedding planning.
Katie & Dave.