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Picking a photographer is a big moment in your wedding planning process. A lot of research needs to be done beforehand. You want them to capture the big moments, the small moments, and everything in between without a missed beat. The only way to make sure this happens is with a lot of open and clear communication, and realistic expectations. However, since we’re all humans, some mistakes are bound to be made. After speaking with hundreds of brides, here are a few tips to go over with your photographer that will help ease you through the day:
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- Have your photographer give you some direction during the wedding day.
- Meet with them beforehand and have them give you some good ideas from some of their past shoots so you can put together a photography plan for them to stick to.
- Have them ensure you on your wedding day that they got everything you discussed on the shoot list.
- Stay true to what you discussed before the wedding. Think “how do I like to look in pictures? What do I want to be taken and not want to be taken?” and communicate it to your wedding photographer beforehand. The last thing you’ll want to do is stress about the pictures you want to be taken and not be taken on the day of your wedding.
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- Create a finalized schedule and make sure they stick to it. That means show up on time and don’t take too long or too short on the photo shoot.
- Get familiar with the venue surroundings before the wedding day. That way they have a better idea for photo opportunities and the perfect time of day for their lighting needs.
- Don’t let relatives get in the way. We know, our families can be overwhelming and demanding and we’re so sorry about that. But please just stick to our photography plan and timeline.
- Help collaborate with our point of contact to organize our guests.
- Be weary of what they are actually capturing. If a bridesmaid or guest is shorter, make sure you get their full body rather than just the top of their heads.
- Bring a second shooter. Make sure you get a reaction picture of both the bride and groom for the first look.
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- Encourage everyone to act natural, relax and have fun.
- Please make sure that there are a ton of candids. The last thing you want is all posed pictures for your wedding album.
- Take multiple pictures from different angles so the family can choose their favorite.
- Remind my bridal party to look up and smile walking down the aisle.
- Capture a good mix of heirlooms, signs, decorations and all family pictures that were discussed beforehand.
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- Encourage an engagement shoot so we can get to know each other before the wedding and make sure our personalities align.
- Set our expectations on when we should receive our photographs. The digital photos will be important to receive as soon as possible so you can get your DIY wedding album started.
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A lot of quality photographers will cover all of these points right off the bat. The biggest piece of advice that we have is to do your research before you choose the perfect photographer. Make sure you get along, you love their style, and most importantly you TRUST them to take creative reign over your big day. In order to get a perfect fit, you need to invest in a photographer. Set your own expectations on what you should look for when it comes to budgeting for a good photographer.
Along with choosing a perfect photographer, also do your homework and prepare a list of exactly what you want. That way when you head into your first collaboration you can have a working list to discuss with them. They will undoubtedly have suggestions (many of which you will absolutely love). On that list be sure to have your VIPs documented so they know which people to highlight the most.
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Also, be very clear on what you want out of their photography package. The most affordable and “bang for your buck” package will be through digital prints. With the prints, you can create your own DIY wedding album, parent albums, and gifts for family and friends on your own timeline and in your favorite design. Your photographer will do an outstanding job delivering great shots and capturing some of the most important and significant moments of your life, you want to make sure that those photographs are displayed properly and created into the perfect wedding keepsake.