5 Tips to get the Most out of your Wedding Photography
There is so much planning that goes into a wedding day and after all that magic is done, the only thing you’ll be able to take away from it are the pictures… and they better be good. Your photographer should consider it an honor to document what is arguably the biggest day of your life. I know I do, and I don’t take that responsibility lightly. Here are 5 tips to get the most out of your wedding photography.
Just keep Smiling
Smile with your eyes and your lips don’t always need to. Actors and models use this little trick for headshots or magazine shoots. If your eyes are smiling the whole world smiles with you.
People gravitate towards laughter and so does the camera. Look up or out when you’re laughing with your lover instead of looking down, which can give even the skinniest of skinny’s a double chin.
Make a Realistic Timeline
Starting with a realistic timeline gives you a head start to a stress free day of marital bliss. Work closely with your planner and photographer. They are a wealth of knowledge.
Allow your photographer time to get the images you hired them for. Which is why we suggest having a first look. People and things run late and everything takes longer than you think it will. Plan extra time, you will need it, and you will thank yourself later. You’re welcome self.
Let your Hair Down and have Fun
Your wedding day will be incredible, romantic and wonderfully magical… but it will not be perfect, the way life is never perfect. The saying, “don’t sweat the small stuff” comes into play here. Something unexpected is bound to happen, just enjoy it and tell the crazy stories on your honeymoon!
One of my favorite people in this world had a saying, “It’s all part of life’s great pageant”. Trust the people you hired to take care of you. Trust your photographer know’s what will look best. They have your back and best interest at heart.
Enjoy your family, enjoy your friends, they’re all there to celebrate with you.
Your Style matches the Photographer’s Style
If you’re particularly interested in a certain style of photography make sure you are hiring a photographer that compliments that style. Photographers love it when you can voice to them what you specifically like about their work. It’s a boost to the ego, but more importantly now they can make sure they deliver exactly what you like.
I would describe my wedding photography as Artistic Lifestyle. This means I pose people, direct them, and then let them create the magic from there. I might redirect and tweak things, but there remains a movement to my images which comes from my background in filmmaking. It’s a balance of timeless class and candid journalism. Bride’s that hire me want iconic images that don’t look posed.
Get a Professional Wedding Album
If you’re photographer is a pro, they print. Print houses, like photographers, are not created equal. Ever been in an electronic store looking at TV’s and notice that all the displays look different? That’s due to color calibration and it makes a huge impact on editing photos and printing photos. It’s your wedding, but I stress, use a professional.
All our wedding packages come with an album because we believe it will be your first family heirloom. We know this tactile piece of history will be something you’ll share with your family and friends… and eventually your children and grandchildren.
I’ve only been married 5 years and already I can’t tell you how many times I’ve pulled out our wedding album. Physical pictures make a bigger impact and are easier to access than ones we look at on our computers or phones. The truth is some people in those photos won’t always be with us and having those physical copies of professional photos are invaluable… they’re forever.