What does your wedding photographer need from you?
Other than a smile there are a few things that really, really help a wedding photographer get the best results on your wedding day. The following list, in no particular order are things you might consider if you feel that your wedding photos are an important keepsake.
Your wedding photographer needs light. Matt and I can photograph in the dark but not in total darkness. If you are serious about your wedding photos then picking a bright, well lit venue is going to improve your wedding photos dramatically. Mansion houses and hotels with big windows are perfect sources of natural light, which is the best for the most flattering images.
The evening is a little trickier. One thing that has become more popular at weddings is laser lights for the disco. They look cool on the dance floor but will be nigh on impossible to manage for a photographer. Matt and I have photographed a few weddings that have looked like a SWAT team was targeting the guests all night. Unless you are going for that look, check with your DJ if there is an alternative, at least during the first dance.
The last light check is often overlooked - does your celebrant/ceremony venue allow flash photography (or even just photography)? If you can find this out and let your photographer know then they can be prepared before the wedding day.
Every wedding we have photographed has found Matt and I responsible for keeping the order of the day running to time. At the very least it’s ensuring that the post ceremony portraits are done before the dinner arrives, at the most it is literally timekeeping the whole day. Let your photographer know at least a week before the wedding what’s happening when (and where). This is probably the single most important piece of advice we can give to reduce the risk of stress and anxiety on your wedding day.
We have a whole bunch of photos that we regularly take, like the first dance, the cutting of the cake and the exchange of rings. What we also need to know is what things at the wedding are special, significant items that you want photographed. Sometimes they’re easy to guess, like a locket on a bouquet, sometimes they aren’t, like a pair of trainers or a dog collar. Give your wedding photographer a list of anything special you want photographed at least a week before the wedding day.
Honestly, I can’t stress this enough. Your photographer will be working around 12-16 hours on your wedding day. Make sure you get them a meal. It doesn’t need to be a 3 course extravaganza, just something hot, tasty and nourishing. This will guaranteed get you awesome photos simply because as the day goes on your photographer won’t be a half starved, crazy click machine ready to collapse at any moment.
Have a great day
Since each photographer works differently the best thing to do is have a planning chat at least a month before your wedding. This will make sure your photographer has all the knowledge they need to make you wedding photos a success, and prevent any confusion from ambiguous written instructions. Remember, you've hired a talented professional and this will help you get the very best out of them.
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