Your photographer should be the third thing you arrange after choosing a date for your wedding and your venue. A professional, well-established wedding photographer will be booked 12-18 months in advance, so it’s important to begin your search as early as you can and secure their services by paying a deposit that will be deducted from your outstanding balance. Ensure the deposit payment is a reasonable amount as this tends to be non-refundable.
Find a photographer you get on with
Their personality is often reflected in their photography style, and since you’re going to be spending a lot of time with them, it is important that you have fun with your photographer; gauge how they interact with you at your initial meeting, and remember some photographers will be vetting you and your partner to see whether they will enjoy working with you. It works both ways!
Consider a preWED/engagement photography session
Many of my clients are apprehensive about a preWED but, after the session, everyone agrees that it’s a hugely valuable experience. You will get a feel for how your wedding photographs will look, and how your photographer works with you. Of course, you won’t have to think too much about your wedding photographer on the day of your wedding, because you’ll be too busy having fun and caught up in the emotion of your special day.
Think about your formal ‘group’ photographs
I recommend ten formal group line-ups or fewer, but remember, you should ask for some fun portraits of your family as well as the formal ones; even the formals should be fun! Always allow plenty of time for formals in your schedule: The photograph itself takes a split-second to take, but finding family members and getting them into position can be incredibly time-consuming. Your Best Man can help the photographer corral people, and ensure the right family member is in the right place at the right time.
You will have spent a considerable amount of time planning your wedding to the minutest detail, but on the day of the wedding, take your foot off the gas, enjoy yourself, and let your hand-picked team of professionals put their years of expertise to work, and don’t worry. Remember to have fun.
Consider an unplugged wedding ceremony
Rather than a completely unplugged all day wedding, consider notifying all your guests that they cannot use digital devices, cameras, mobiles etc. during your wedding ceremony only. I personally feel an unplugged ceremony is worth considering, as over the years it has become evident that guests are not always fully engaged in your wedding ceremony when they’re trying to capture this on a digital device. Cameras, mobiles and iPads can be obtrusive, and on many occasions will block the opportunity for your wedding photographer to capture an amazing shot, especially when you’re walking down the aisle and your guests are leaning in with their digital devices. It’s worth considering asking your guests to turn off their mobile devices until after your wedding ceremony when you issue information about your wedding day, or on the day of your wedding by placing a reminder card on their seat or a sign at the entrance of your ceremony room/venue.
The detail is equally important in your wedding as your guests. If you have any sentimental or specific items that require capturing, don’t be afraid to let your photographer know prior to your wedding day. A good photographer will not miss a thing. I love it when my clients inform me they are so pleased with the detail captured – it gives me a sense of achievement as I’m there to document everything!
Take ‘time-out’ for a newlyWED love session during your wedding day
Most couples find it helpful to spend 15-20 minutes to take a break and leave their wedding party for a personal newlyWED photography session. It sounds strange, but the excitement of the day, and being surrounded by all of your friends and family can be a little overwhelming. Stepping out of the wedding with your photographer also gives you and your partner the chance to spend some quality time alone together. Sunset sessions are always a bonus and this time spent ensures you have your photographer’s undivided attention to allow them to capture their signature style images.
Ask how long it will be before you see your photographs
A professional will be able give you an exact lead-time before your wedding photography collection is presented to you. Equally, ask your photographer for lead-times for designing and printing wedding albums, if you have ordered these products.
Lead-times also emphasise the quality of the output of the processing and craftsmanship. No photographer should take longer than seven weeks to process a collection, unless they have a good reason. If your full day coverage images are processed in a few days, then in my view, time and dedication have not been considered when processing your photography.
Ultimately, it is important you should find a photographer you get on with, and whose photographic style you admire.
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