How to get the best from your wedding photographer
Meet with your photographer to discuss all elements of your wedding and how you would like them to capture it.
Choose a photographer you trust and get along with, they will be there for some of the most intimate moments of your wedding day.
Plan time into your day to allow your photographer to get all the images you want.
When making your bookings think about locations for photographs, does the church have suitable grounds?
Does the reception have gardens or do you need to allow time to go somewhere else with your photographer between venues to get that extra special shot.
Choose your wedding album carefully, it is one of the things that will last long beyond your wedding day, and it should capture all the elements of your day that you have planned and chosen.
A lot of wonderful moments can pass by whilst your photographer is taking the main shots, if they have a second photographer these moments will not be missed.
How well does your photographer work with children? If you have little ones in your bridal party your photographer will need to communicate with them in a manner that will put them at ease and get the best from them.
Make sure your photographer is yours for the day, check that they don't double book weddings, you deserve to get their full attention and the best from them.
Does your photographer have a back up plan? Should the weather not be at it's best will the photographer have lighting for indoor photography or even just some umbrellas?
Choose your venue carefully, does it offer beautiful locations for your photographs both inside and out? If it is a rainy day, are there areas under cover? Is a room for photographs provided?
Take the time to look at a couple of their finished albums, showing you a whole wedding as they have captured it, rather than a few of the best images they have chosen to show from the day. Look at the standard of presentation in their work, is it to the standard you want for your wedding? Have they captured the spirit of the day through their images?
With your photographer decide what you would like to do about group shots, these can take time to arrange, particularly when people wander off. It is therefore a good idea to choose some ushers who could work with your photographer and guests to make sure the group shots run as smoothly as possible, ushers who know who people are, may well be a good choice.
Plan the day so that it works for you and your guests, your photographer will need some time to work, both with your guests and you as a couple. Discuss these timings with your photographer so that you also have time to spend milling with your guests before you sit and eat. Plan your morning as well, you should enjoy your whole day from the moment you wake.
A couple of other things to consider …
Think about your guests, between ceremony and sitting to eat, you could provide entertainment, games for the children, knowing your guests are well catered for will remove any worries you may have about them on the day.
If there are any tasks that need to be done on the day, delegate them in advance. If Gran needs a bit of help on the day make sure someone is allocated to look after her. Get someone to take plenty of confetti or someone to ensure your bags are taken to the hotel for you. You both need to relax and enjoy your day, knowing everything is being dealt with for you.
Make sure everyone knows where they should be, how they are getting there and when they should be there. Also, try to avoid having people around you who may panic.
Last but not least, choose a photographer who loves a good wedding!
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