Consider this – Once your wedding day has passed, the cake is eaten and the band have packed up and gone home you are just left with memories. The best way to capture those memories is through great wedding photographs which you will look at for the rest of your lives!
Amazing wedding photos don’t just happen; the bride and groom are part of the wedding photography process with their photographer. There are several things you can do to improve your wedding photographs, most of which are simple; as well as some important things to know about your photographer and whether their style works with what you want from the day.
When you first open your wedding album together you want to be WOWED. The reasons for this are twofold. Firstly, your photographer has given you something unexpected and secondly your photographer has captured something unique and beautiful. Here are some things you can do yourself and insights to think about when choosing a wedding photographer so you can experience the WOW factor!
1. Style And Approach
A photographer can’t be all things to all people. Ask what their photographic style is – Documentary or traditional? Does their approach match with yours? Will they deliver what you expect?
Remember your wedding photos are inextricably linked to the style and type of your wedding photographer. If you are looking for a traditional heavily posed type of wedding photographer, then you shouldn’t choose a photographer who specialises in a documentary style otherwise you are going to be disappointed.
2. Body Language
The best photos look natural, so don’t overthink. A great photographer will make sure they capture you at your best. Be yourself. Smile. Nothing will make you look more beautiful than a genuine smile.
3. Be yourself
Act on the spur of the moment. Do all the things you love to do together. Spontaneous things make great wedding photographs and a great photographer will encourage this.
Jump off walls. Kiss your partner. Hug your dad. Laugh with mom. Dance. Be yourself.
4. Pack a Touch-Up Kit
Tears, hugs, emotion – all that fun means your hair and makeup aren’t going to stay put all night. Lipstick, blotting paper, eye shadow, waterproof mascara, blush, a toothbrush and hairspray (spritz the toothbrush, then use it to target and tame stray hairs) and hairpins are essentials.
5. Stress-Free Photos
If you feel stressed, you’ll look stressed. To avoid harried-looking photos, schedule some time for photos after the ceremony when you look your best. Remember that looking radiant takes stamina so ensure your photographer is aware of all locations and times to help keep delays to a minimum.
6. Back Up Plan?
Four seasons in one day is a popular saying in Ireland and for very good reason. Irish weather can’t be trusted so you need to make sure your photographer has a backup plan in case of rain. A great photographer can work in any location and with the right preparation will produce beautiful wedding photography both indoors and outside.
Don’t be afraid to ask your photographer what they do if the weather is bad and they need to work indoors. A great photographer will have unobtrusive portable lighting to professionally light up any area if required so you look your best.
7. Lighting – Natural is best
Natural light is always best so stick close to windows. In the morning during bridal prep, try and have your hair and makeup done near a window to allow natural light to fall onto you. This helps to create depth and dimension in your photographs. If possible, a bright uncluttered room would be an ideal location to put on your dress. This isn’t always achievable of course but every little details helps.
8. Colour or Black and White?
Have you a preference on either? B&W and Colour photos are very different – B&W are usually atmospheric and dramatic while colour photographs are much more vibrant. It’s a personal preference to which you prefer. Ask your photographer if you are provided with copies of both colour and B&W or if the photographer decides which way to supply each photograph.
When designing your album, there is usually a mix of both colour and B&W included. Make sure you have some input in the design and finish of your album. If not, then ask why not?
9. How far in advance should I book a wedding photographer?
Great photographers who are in demand take bookings well over a year before the date. As it gets closer to your wedding date, it will be harder to book your first-choice photographer. Summer dates always fill up fast. When you find a wedding photographer you love, go ahead and book them before they are unavailable. This way you can’t miss out. If your favourite photographer is unavailable on your date, don't panic. Ask them for recommendations — they may know someone with a similar style who may be available
10. Do you LOVE your photographers work?
All the advice above is redundant if you have picked the wrong photographer. It is of utmost importance that you love your photographers work so make sure you have done your research beforehand. Every photographer has a different style and works a different way. You need to be confident that when they suggest something, you know that it’s going to make a great photograph. You can put your ultimate trust in them to produce the work you fell in love with. To deliver your first family heirloom.
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Congratulations, you got this far :) - I hope this information helps you out a little on your big day but whatever happens just enjoy yourself.
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