Tips To Get What You Want Out Of Your Wedding Photography


Weddings are one of the most memorable and significant moments in a person’s life. So it’s not surprising there is an entire industry built around making them magical events. Wedding photography is an industry of its own. Photos are one of the things you do not want to cut corners on when you are making your wedding plans. Working with someone who has built their career around wedding photography is the key to getting what you want. Photos aren’t the place to trust someone you don’t know or who doesn’t have the portfolio and reputation to prove their ability.

There are some tips and ideas that can make the results of your wedding photography outstanding and the process less stressful.

It’s All About The Planning

First, interview your wedding photographer, look at their portfolio, talk to them about their experiences. Someone who specializes in wedding photography knows just how important this day is to you. They are going to understand that you want them to show you what they can do.

Next, make sure you discuss all the plans as you go.

Most professionals will agree that it’s best to plan a good portion of your wedding photography to take place before the wedding. It’s common for people to be nervous before they get photos taken. Preparing your bridal party for pictures before the actual ceremony will ensure that you have the time necessary to nail down all of the formal photos. It can also help to ease nerves and relax everyone before the wedding starts.

It’s also an excellent way to help ensure that you’re getting enough time in the proper lighting to get the best quality pictures. After the ceremony, you’re fighting not only the clock to get to the reception, but you’re also fighting against the natural light.

Consider The Lighting

When picking your wedding time and location, you may want to keep in mind the type of lighting that will leave you for photography. Although lighting can be augmented, any professional photographer will tell you that the best results for wedding photography come from natural lighting.

Check out the location before you book it and look at it around the time of day you think you will be doing your photographs. This can help prevent surprises down the road. Often the photographer is familiar with local wedding venues and can help you in this department if you don’t know what you should be checking. Don’t be afraid to ask questions when you’re making your wedding photography plans.

Be Loud and Honest about what you Want

If it’s one complaint we hear more often than not, it’s that I wish I’d been more explicit about what I wanted. So please, if you only take one piece of this advice today, let it be this one. Be transparent, honest, and open about what it is that means the most to you about your wedding photography. There is nothing more disappointing than getting your photos back and not being happy.

The photographer wants to hear your opinion. They want to know what photos are most important to you. For example, is it critical that they get the perfect shot of you shoving cake into your spouse’s face at the reception? Or are the family bridal party photos the most crucial thing in your eyes?

Everyone wants something different, and all the photographer wants to do is give you the perfect wedding photos to cherish for the rest of your life. It’s their job to make sure you are happy with the results, but they can not do that unless you communicate what you think.

Suppose there is something that seems like it will be a problem or need more time than you think it will. In that case, your photographer can tell you beforehand instead of it becoming a stressful and disappointing event on your special day.

Couples Photos Days Before The Ceremony.

If you are interested in getting something unique and truly exceptional, you may want to consider doing two photoshoots entirely. A photoshoot before the wedding allows the photographer to capture the couple in a more intimate way with fewer time constraints.

These first look style photographs can leave you with stunning results, while they are an enjoyable experience to remember. In addition, this type of wedding photography allows for more creative shots, where you can use things like smoke effects or light reflections to get exciting and unique images.

Time is Critical

Weddings are always on a schedule. That’s why there is often a planner to keep everyone on track. However, when it comes to wedding photography, you will find that you need more time than you think you do.

More often than not, everything takes longer than anticipated, so be sure to plan that in, especially if you are working with kids. There’s nothing more frustrating for a bride and for the photographer to have to stop shooting before they get that perfect shot.

Get Some Help From Your Wedding Party

Everyone wants to help where they can. One thing you can do to make someone feel important and support the entire wedding photography process is to assign someone to keep track of the photo times and places. It can be their job to make sure everyone is where they are supposed to be for each photograph.

With someone else to help, you won’t have to worry about keeping track of everyone around you. Instead, you can enjoy your special moment and take that extra time to double-check your hair or look.

Wedding photos capture a moment in time in a way that very few things in our life do. They are frozen memories that people often bring out to show to their grandchildren or great-grandchildren. They are something to be cherished for the rest of your life, so keep that in mind when planning your wedding photography.

lead photo by Joel Overbeck on Unsplash

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