Every bride and groom wants to have beautiful photographs of their wedding. You’ve spent a lot of time and energy to plan an amazing celebration with your family and friends. When it is all said and done, after your wedding day you will have your spouse and your wedding photographs to have and to hold from this day forward. These tips will help ensure you get the best photographs. (I trust you’ve chosen the best spouse)
- BOOK AN EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRPAHER
Ask your friends, check out Google reviews and meet with several photographers before you choose who you choose to photograph your wedding. One thing I have heard over and over again when people talk about what they would do differently is that they wish they would have made their photography more of a priority. One young couple I know asked after receiving their proofs, if there is anything I could do to make the size 1 bride not look so wide. “What?’ was my response. After looking at their pictures I realized the photographer had shot the entire wedding with a lens that distorted everyone.
- SCHEDULE AN ENGAGEMENT SHOOT
Plan an engagement shoot with your wedding photographer. In addition to having some fantastic photographs to use for save the date announcements, holiday cards and your wedding collection, you’ll get to know and trust your photographer. This will be a chance to work together when you are relaxed and you can get a feel for if you’d like to spend your entire wedding day with your photographer.
Your photographer should have a list of questions for you with contact information of all the vital people in your wedding as well as family members. Additionally, she should ask if there are specific elements of your wedding that are especially important to you to photograph. Special details in your ceremony, generation portraits with grandparents, the antique toasting glasses from your godparents, anything that is especially sentimental, as well as any family dynamics that may be challenging or unusual.
- PLAN ENOUGH TIME
Work with your photographer and your event planner to allow enough time before the ceremony as well as between the ceremony and reception for pictures. Plan to have drinks and appetizers or something for guests while you are being photographed. This is your day and you deserve to enjoy each moment.
Be sure to talk with your photographer the week before your wedding to let her know any last minute details, guest list changes and “must have” photographs.
- MORE THAN DIGITAL
When you choose a photographer, be sure to work with someone who will offer more than just the digital files. I know couples who have wedding pictures on a disc in a drawer that they have never looked at. Professional photographers offer digital along with wall prints, albums or both. As mentioned earlier, these are for you to enjoy for generations. Not to sit on a jump drive or in the cloud. They are an investment that will become more valuable with time.