Over the years, I have come across crucial aspects that either showcased the beautiful aspects of each wedding day or potentially became an obstacle to creatively photograph particular moments. Some of the most common mistakes are little but could make a world of a difference if thought out ahead of time. Countless brides have inquired about this topic and therefore
I have had countless brides inquire about this over the years and therefore have put together 10 points to help you get the most out of your wedding photos.
1. GETTING READY LOCATION
There are three locations that couples get ready at: A home, a church room, or a hotel. I would highly suggest getting hotel rooms for the ladies and gents to get ready in. A home if full of personal items or distracting decorations and a church rarely has a designated room for weddings and often times get directed to children class rooms to get ready in.
2. DRESS / SUIT HANGER
Chances are, your wedding dress wasn't pocket change and you wouldn't want a silly hanger to make it look that way either. I would advise having a non-plastic hanger to photograph your dress / suit on. Also, please have all accessories (jewelry, pocket square, shoes, etc) accessible to be photographed.
3. CONTAIN THE CAOS
Encourage your wedding party while getting ready to have a designated corner to put all of their belongs so that bra's and men's hair gel aren't in the background of your images.
4. CREATE A LIST
After your reception and ceremony venues are set, look up local locations for photos. These could be parks, colorful walls, or even town streets. These photography opportunities are great for wedding party photos, first looks, or a place for the two of you to sneak off to during the reception for sunset images. Create a list of these spots for your photographer, they will ultimately know what will work best for your wedding day after knowing whats available.
5. CONSIDER AN UNPLUGGED CEREMONY
Many wedding guests feel obligated to take out technology to take photos when they have the freedom to just enjoy the moment instead. In some rare cases, this can be really distracting in photos or even ruin the professional photos themselves. Corey (the mastermind behind an "Unplugged Wedding") posted images to view of how much of a distraction this can be. Read her post HERE.
6. THE FIRST KISS
I would recommend to politely ask your pastor / priest to step aside during the kiss at the ceremony to avoid them directly behind you in the shot.
7. PARTY HARD - STAY SHARP
There is nothing wrong with celebrating throughout the day with a drink or two and why shouldn't you - its a celebration after all! I would just advise informing your wedding party to hold off from drinking too heavily until after photos. Keeping everyone sharp helps allow the photos to not take more time than needed.
8. SEATING ASSIGNMENTS AT RECEPTION
Often couples will create assigned seating for the reception which allows friends and family to sit next to people they know. A wise suggestion would be to seat your photographer(s) near the head table to capture all of the speeches and kisses without obstacles.
9. BRING YOUR INVITATION / SAVE THE DATE
Even simple details like your invitations are a reflection of your wedding day and should be recorded. Please bring your invitation, save the date, envelope, and anything else that was sent to your guests.
10. CONSIDER HAVING YOUR RINGS CLEANED
This is mainly for couples that have been engaged for a fairly long time. Rings can become dirty and dull looking when the wedding has finally come. For brilliant looking ring shots, rings must be sparkly and clear.
If you plan on implementing any of these points into your wedding, not only will your photographer thank you - but you will be happy that you did.
Hope this helped and congratulations to you both!
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