Getting your wedding photography right is an important part of planning a wedding. The photos will be around for years to come, reminding you of all the happy moments on your big day, so you want to make sure they capture you well.
If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to wedding photography, here are some of our tried and tested tips to make sure you hire the right photographer, get the right images and have wonderful photos to cherish long after the big day itself.
Connect with your photographer
You’ll be spending a lot of time with your photographer on your wedding day, so make sure you choose someone you get on with. They’ll be there in the morning as you’re getting ready, they’ll be there when you’re about to walk down the aisle, and they’ll be there just after you say “I do”.
Your photographer should be friendly, helpful and make you feel at ease. If you don’t think you’ll get along, or if you have ideas that are likely to clash, it might be better to look for someone else before it’s too late.
Hire a professional wedding photographer
It can be tempting to cut costs and ask a friend or someone who’s handy with a camera to take your wedding photos. But this puts a lot of pressure on them to get the images right, when it might not even be their speciality.
A wedding photographer is a very unique type of photographer. Yes, that can mean they’re expensive to hire, but it’s worth it to get their expertise. You don’t have a second chance to go back and get more photos if they don’t turn out right! Save the stress and hire a professional wedding photographer to make sure everything looks perfect on your big day.
Have a practice run on an engagement shoot
Engagement shoots are becoming very popular. Not only are they great for creating images which you can use on your save the dates, invitations or wedding website, they’re also great practice for the big day itself.
An engagement shoot will give you the chance to find out how your wedding photographer works, and you can ask them questions about the process. This will help to keep you relaxed on your wedding day, as you’ll already know what to expect. At the engagement shoot, your photographer can also give you tips about how to pose or get the perfect candid shot, and you can both find a style of photography you love.
Scout the locations
Before your wedding, have a look around your venue to find a few locations that might work for your wedding photographs. You might even want to take your wedding photographer along, or give them all the details so they can scout out the venue for great locations too.
If you’re planning to take your wedding photographs outside, make sure you scout out an indoor location too just in case the weather is bad. Look for places with great lighting or a pretty backdrop, and make sure it’s somewhere that you can spend half an hour or so in undisturbed, getting the perfect shot.
Create a moodpboard
It’s no secret that we’re obsessed with Pinterest! It’s a great tool for creating wedding photography mood boards. Save a selection of your favourite wedding photographs which represent what you’d like to achieve. Think about things like the colour palette, lighting, poses and whether you prefer something serious or fun.
Give your moodboard to your photographer so they get a clear idea of what you want from your wedding photographs. If there’s anything specific you must have (for example, if you would like photographs of a sentimental piece of family jewellery you’re wearing), let the photographer know - otherwise trust them! They’re professionals for a reason, and will be able to create beautiful images inspired by the style of photos you love.
Leave plenty of time
You don’t want to be rushing your photos before being whisked off to the next venue, so make sure you leave plenty of time to get them done. Your photographer should be able to let you know approximately how long your shots will take, so work this in to your timings for the day.
Also keep in mind what time it will get dark. If you’re having a winter wedding, you may want to have your ceremony earlier in the day so you can capture beautiful photos before the sun goes down at 4pm.
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