Your wedding photos will be the greatest souvenir of your life. The decorations will be tossed, the flowers will die and the dress will be stored. But the wedding photos will hold your memories that will last a lifetime. While you’re preparing for the big day, it can be easy to get overwhelmed planning the wedding and forget to think further in detail about your wedding photography. But you don’t want to skim by this important aspect of your wedding day. You may even want to use your engagement photos for your save the dates and your wedding photos for your wedding thank you cards. The wedding photos will be the lasting memories that you’ll look at for years to come and will want to share with your entire family. Not to mention, wedding photography is not a mere drop in the bucket when it comes to your wedding budget so you’ll definitely want to put some thought it prepping for them.
We asked several professional wedding photographers for their top tips on how couples can get the most out of their wedding photos so that you can be well-prepared and ready for the big photo shoot (aka your wedding)!
1. Make sure you and the photographer *click*.
Choose the photographer who meets the following criteria: A) You love her photos and B) you love her personality. Do not shop solely on price, and do not hire your photographer without meeting her first or at the very least speaking on Skype or over the phone. While you make your guest list and seating chart you take into consideration personality clashes and matches, and this should go for your photographer as well. She will be with you for one of the most intimate days of your life, and a personality clash could completely funk up your day. And of course, the opposite of a personality clash is true as well. If you truly love your photographer—if you genuinely consider her a friend—your photos will be that much more spectacular, and your day will be enhanced by the photography experience. It will be fun; not a chore.
2. Engagement Session = Practice.
Have an engagement session! Try to book an engagement photo shoot with your wedding photographer to get in that practice before your big day. These photos are great for save the dates and will give you the opportunity to get comfortable behind the camera with your fiancé prior to the day of the wedding. For those of us that are not used to photo shoots, it is also an opportunity to practice natural poses and get an idea as to what shots you are really looking for on the day of the wedding.
Biggest tip would be having a connection with the photographer the couple chooses. That ensures that the photographer understands the couple’s vision of the how they want their photos to look, feel and that it represents them. It’s a trust that’s formed!
4. Make a schedule.
Talk with your photographer about when to schedule photos. It’s important to chat with your photographer about when the best time is to take photos, and also how much time you should allocate. The best light is during golden hour, which is 1 hour before sunset and the worst light is the high mid-day sun. And whilst most good wedding photographers can take good portraits in 10 minutes, allocating 45 minutes to 1 hour means that you’ll get the chance to relax and get into it during your photo session without feeling rushed. It also means you’ll have the chance to explore the location more and get some different types of pictures. It also means that if the schedule is running late, you’ll still have more than enough time for pictures.
5. Natural light is king.
There is no replacement for natural light. The couple should always try and arrange the events during the day, outdoors being the best choice. Even if you have to keep it at night, try and keep the couple in white lights, which helps us in post processing.
6. Unplugged wedding.
We understand that all your most beloved friends and family are excited to capture the moment when you walk down the aisle. This is especially so when you are on a destination wedding and everyone is hyped up about how gorgeous and magical this foreign country is. However, this can be a hindrance to the photographer who is trying to get a beautiful and unobstructed view of the whole experience.
Make an announcement before the ceremony to ask of your guests to remain seated and keep their phones away. This way, you won’t have random phones and iPads photobombing your special moment!
Unless you’re a professional model, having your picture taken is usually not something you’re used to. And whilst it might feel a bit awkward and uncomfortable, you need to be willing to give it a go and trust your photographer. If you tell yourself you don’t want to be there having pictures taken, it will show in your body language. Embrace the experience, commit to giving it 100% and you’ll get amazing pictures.
8. Share your ideas.
Don’t feel shy, you have hired us. Give us suggestions about how you want the photos and the videos to be. If even before the wedding the couple gives us a concept or a story to work with it’ll always turn out to be good.
9. Alone time with bae.
With all the wedding jitters and trying to make your big day as perfect as possible, it is not uncommon to forget to take a step back and enjoy. Your wedding photos are supposed to be all about you!!
Before the ceremony starts, grab your fiancé/fiancee aside to have a couple moment. Take in how far you have come as a couple and how precious this special day of yours is. This is the perfect time to have your photos taken alone with your bae with the stunning backdrops to commemorate your destination wedding. Taking some time away from the wedding hustle will also calm you down so that you look even more radiant during the actual ceremony!
10. Ask your photographer for advice.
Lean on your photographer to help with some of the more tedious and mind-boggling parts of planning your wedding. For example, your photographer might have some creative ideas for laying out your ceremony and reception locations to make the most of lighting conditions and architecture. This way, when you look back on your photos you’ll see the most unobstructed backdrops highlighting the amazing moments you forgot even happened.
We hope these tips to getting the most out of your wedding photos has calmed you if only just a tad. Your wedding photos are going to turn out stellar! Have your photos ready?! Play around with our photo save the date templates!