Getting the Most Out of Your Wedding Photography

Photography is something you definitely shouldn’t scrimp on for your big day.

Now, budgets aside, what we’re really saying is that, next to the ceremony and your loved ones, photography is very close to the top of the list of couples’ priorities when it comes to the wedding.

After all, we get married once – we get one day, with one ceremony, one party, one cake, and so on. And after that day, and for many the honeymoon, life goes back to normal and we’re left with our memories. And, hopefully, our photographs, which can often bring our precious memories to life. So we want them to be good – no, we want them to be amazing.

And your photographer isn’t the only person who plays a part in that. Once you’ve chosen your photographer of choice, there are some simple and sensible steps that you can take towards ensuring that your wedding photographs are everything you dreamed of.

Pre-Wedding Shoots

It’s not unusual these for wedding photographers to offer engagement or pre-wedding sessions. The purpose of these goes beyond getting some lovely shots for your photo album and is just as much about getting you used to being in front of the camera. The best photographs are taken when the couple is relaxed and comfortable and, as we all know, practise makes perfect. So, if your photographer offers a pre-wedding shoot in any of their packages, take it – you won’t regret it.

Trust

Before you chose your photographer, you presumably put a fair bit of time and effort into researching the various options. And, whatever the reasons, you came to the conclusion that this person was the best one for the job. So, trust them. Having faith in your photographer’s ability to do his or her job is paramount to getting the best wedding photos possible. Ask any questions you may have prior to the big day so that you can feel confident when it comes to it. If you don’t trust them, you won’t be relaxed, and tension doesn’t make for great pictures.

Expectations

Any good wedding photographer will want to speak to you beforehand to discuss your expectations and preferences. Whilst most photographers will have their own style that will probably have contributed towards your decision to hire them, they’ll also be open to any particular requirements you have, such as an aversion to posed photos or a special affinity for black and white. Provide them with a list of must-have photos, such as an image of just the bride and her mother or the couple with their siblings. It will help your photographer do the best job they can, and in turn will ensure that you get exactly what you want.

Timings

There’s nothing less conducive to great photos than being rushed. You might not want to leave your guests waiting for too long whilst the wedding party are having their photos taken, and your photographer wouldn’t expect you to, but you will need to leave adequate time to allow them to do their thing. Talk to your photographer about the timings of your day and check they will have the time they need – before the ceremony and immediately afterwards.

Relax!

The most important thing you can do for your wedding photos is to enjoy yourself! No matter what else you do, if you’re not feeling happy and relaxed on the day then no photographer can make you look so! So, smile, and let the day unfold naturally!

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