5 Tips to help you get the most out of your wedding photography
Your bae put a ring on it. You've locked down your wedding date and venue. Dress is purchased. Flowers ordered. Wedding photographer interviewed and booked! Now what? Well- actually, there is probably a million other things you have to do before the big day, but let's not dwell on your to do list. In fact, I want to make your life a little easier today.
Finding the perfect photographer is the biggest step to securing photos you'll cherish for years to come. But, how can you take your photographs to the next level? Check out my five previously top secret (not really, but do I have your attention now) tips on getting the most out of your photographs.
1. Lighting is key
A good photographer should be able to work with most lighting situations. However, to ensure you have beautifully lit photographs it will take a bit of planning on your part. Having a good line of communication with your photographer is key! They need to know the exact timeline of events for your wedding day, and together, you'll be able to make informed decisions. For example, having your ceremony outdoors uncovered might cause a situation where your fiancée is squinting in all of your photos. Or the direct sunlight might cause shadows in odd places. Consult with your photographer about the direction of your ceremony in relation to the sun so you get the best possible lighting situation for your location and time of day.
Another important time to consider lighting is during the "getting ready" portion of your day. Large windows that allow for plenty of natural light to flood through it going to give you much better photos then a dark windowless room with florescent lighting.
There are many variables when it comes to light. Communicating all of the details with your photographer will help you get the most out of the light your venue offers.
2. Hire a day-of coordinator
Most people don't realize the importance of hiring someone to take the reigns until it's too late. The last thing you want to worry about on the day of your wedding is where the bridal party is when it's time for photos or if the escort cards were placed in the right location. And your mom//aunt//grandma//cousin shouldn't be doing these things either. Reserve these worries for someone who does it professionally, and focus on being together. This day only happens once after all.
If hiring a coordinator for the entire process isn't in the budget, having someone pull your dreams to reality on the day of your wedding is worth every penny. The only thing we want you focusing on that day is marrying your true love.
3. Have an unplugged wedding
I know. I know. You're thinking, "Would it be rude to ask guests to leave their phones in their jackets or purses (or better yet in the car!)?" Short Answer: No, it's not.
No one wants to be classified as "bridezilla". I get it. However, let me ask you this? Do you want the photographs you paid the professional photographer for, OR would you rather have Uncle Bob's photos because he jumped in front of the professional photographer to get the "perfect shot" on his iPhone 4?
Ok, before I get classified as a mean photographer. Let me explain from my point of view. I'm there to do a job, and that job is to get the best photographs of you and your love on YOUR day. And, there's nothing pretty about a sea of 200 cellphones in the background of your first kiss.
Have your officiant make an announcement at the beginning of your ceremony and ask everyone to put their devices away and be present in the moment. I assure you it's worth it. Besides, they can get their Snapchat'ing on at the reception after a few cocktails.
4. Be flexible
Unplanned things are GOING to happen. Whether it be a drunk cousin making an awkward speech, getting some dirt on your dress five minutes before the ceremony, or your timeline being pushed back due to guests being stuck in traffic. Here's my advice. Just roll with it.
The only thing that actually needs to happen on your wedding day is you getting married. Everything else is just background noise. The last thing you want in your weddings photos is for you or your spouse to look stressed and rigid. I've never been to a wedding that didn't have at least one little hiccup. Embrace it. It'll be a part of your story (just like the way you reacted to it).
5. Relax and be present!
Easier. Said. Than. Done. I know....first hand. This really is more than just a photography tip. It's a life tip. Make a conscious effort to be present on your wedding day (on every day, really!). Soak in all the goodness and love around you and remember what this day represents. Look around you throughout the day and take your own mental pictures. What does your dad's face look like right before he walks you down the aisle? What did your grandmother whisper in your ear after the ceremony? What little joke did your bride or groom crack during your first dance?
Be present. You won't regret it. Ever.