Wedding Photography Tips For Engaged Couples
When it comes to wedding photography tips probably the best bit of advice the experts at My Bridal Pix can give you is this. Your wedding day is going to be one of the most spectacular, magical and I hate to say it, super hectic days of your life! The day will go by in a flash and as the years go by, it will appear even more faint in your memory. It’s sad but true, however, the best way to keep your wedding memories alive for years to come is investing in a professional photographer with wedding experience. Don’t make the mistake of having just a friend or relative take your photos. You want confidence in someone with experience who can retell your story perfectly as the day unfolds. Having a professional photographer to capture all those memories for you is truly a priceless investment.
Wedding Photography Prices and What to Budget
We know that most couples have budget restrictions. Try to invest in the best wedding photographer your budget can afford. Consider having your wedding on a Friday or Sunday or even mid week or save money on expensive packages and opt to make your own prints and albums. Typically couples will spend 15% of their over all wedding budget for wedding photography. Sometimes more depending how much they value photography. Follow this advise along with the following wedding photography tips and we’re confident you will make the right choice in a photographer. For more detailed information please see our post on Wedding Photographer Prices.
Communicate With Your Photographer Early On
The more you can tell your photographer about yourselves the better. When you communicate, the photographer will be able to incorporate your personalities into the images and understand the style that you prefer. If distance is not a problem, meet with them in person and discuss just what you want for your wedding day. Perhaps show them some favorite images you found online. Please don’t bombard them with a collection of Pinterest pins asking them to recreate the images for you. Use Pinterest for inspiration but don’t expect your photographer, who happens to be a very creative individual, to copy the exact layout of the image. Your photos should be your own and not copies of someone else’s wedding or a stylized shoot that took hours to set up. Consider these 4 important factors in getting what you want:
- Make a checklist so that you have a list of all poses and groupings that are important to you.
- Discuss style – Don’t be afraid to voice your opinion. If you don’t like traditional, then say so. The only way your photographer can create the images you want is if you give them some direction.
- Mention any special circumstances. If you have divorced parents or a relative who means something special to you, be sure to mention these things to your photographer. They won’t know what family groupings matter or need to be handled carefully if you don’t tell them.
- Assign a person to roundup the bridal party and family members for formal shots. This will save the photographer a lot of aggravation and time.
The more you can communicate with your wedding photographer, the better. If you have any special requests, like a photo with your dog or a picture of your spectacular Jimmy Choo shoes, be sure to ask for them upfront. It’s best to write down all of these requests or important details before your wedding day. Chances are, you will be so busy, nervous, and excited that you will forget something. However, if you put the information in the hands of the photographer in advance, you won’t have to worry about remembering and you can relax and enjoy your day.
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Talk To Your Photographer About the Venue
When you hire a wedding photographer, tell them as soon as possible about the venue. Many professionals will actually scout out the location if they have never shot there before. Also be sure to tell them if the ceremony and the wedding will be held at the same location or separately. There are things they need to be aware of, like:
- Any distracting elements they need to avoid
- Church wedding photography limitations
- Distance between the ceremony and venue
Always make sure the photographer is familiar with your wedding and reception venues. They need to be prepared for your locations specifically.
Looking for More Wedding Photography Tips?
The most important thing to remember is communication. This is your day. It only happens once. You are paying for that photographer. Don’t be timid if you have specific requests. Additionally, don’t put them at a disadvantage by not providing any information about your style preference and your personality. Your wedding day will go by in a blur, and you need pictures you’ll fall in love with. So we leave you with one last wedding photographer tip: Speak up and communicate to get the most out of your photographer.