The genre of wedding photography has become more creative and dynamic in recent years. Couples often want to shoot traditionally posed photos and even include some whimsical ones. The aim of this article is to guide you toward wedding pictures that are current, expressive, natural and artistic. Below are our top ten tips for memorable wedding photography.
1) Hire a reputable professional photographer. Meet with him or her, if possible. View samples of their work including albums that are offered. Don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions! You may have a friend with a good camera who has offered to do your wedding pictures for free. Just say “No thank you, you are my guest and I would like you to just have fun at our wedding”. This will save your friendship. Everyone is on a budget. If eight hours isn’t in your budget, consider a professional photographer for four or five hours. When planned well, you will have the photos of the essential moments of your wedding day to be enjoyed forever.
2) Delegate, delegate, delegate. As long as you have family, friends and wedding professionals to help bring your special day together, you can relax, have fun and let everything fall into place.
3) Prior to your wedding, book an engagement session! This is a good chance to learn how to relax for your wedding photos and develop a rapport with your photographer. You will have great images for your “Save the Date” cards or magnets and a newspaper announcement that your parents and grandparents will brag about. The best part? Beautiful images of your time as a couple in love, looking forward to your life ahead!
4) Have hair and makeup done professionally by a stylist experienced with brides. They know how to bring out the best in you with makeup that will stay fresh the entire day. A stylist is also familiar with Florida’s humid climate and breezy gulf beaches. You want your hair to look fabulous from every angle and stay in place.
5) Create a timeline with your photographer and coordinator. Make a list of everyone that you want in family photos (formals) and delegate a family member or friend to gather them. Your photographer will know the images needed, but may not know everyone’s names.
6) Allow at least thirty minutes for photos of just you and your groom. This is often around sunset. Your photographer may use a long lens and stay far back from the two of you. Just interact and take in the moment to feel your love for one another. Don’t feel bad about taking time from your guests, they understand.
7) Consider a “First Glance”. This is a chance for the wedding couple to see each other privately before the ceremony. Not only does it make for great photos, it is a real moment with real emotions!
8) A fast, fun, informal group photo with the all of your guests and the bridal couple in the foreground right after the ceremony is a way to include everyone and can be a great panoramic for your album. This should take less than five minutes and can reduce the time needed for formals.
9) Learn ahead of time how long it will be before your pictures will be ready to view. If an album is included in your package, you may be asked to select only 30 to 40 favorites. Though you will have perhaps hundreds of images to select from, narrowing them down to that amount will give you a clean, uncluttered, artistic design for your book. Try to make your selections as soon as possible.
10) Trust your professional photographer. He or she will know when to direct and when to stay back and capture natural and spontaneous moments throughout your special day.
Article by Professional Wedding Photographer Stephanie Dubsky