Want wedding photography you’ll treasure forever? Check out our essential tips to create a fun-filled, beautiful wedding album…
Get the best photographer you can afford
Some things you can compromise on, like cutting out the favours or making the cake yourself, but one thing you mustn’t skimp on is your photographer. When the day is over, all you’ll have after your wedding is your memories and photos to treasure. Dedicate a large portion of your budget here and you won’t regret it.
Capture the details
Make sure all the hard work you put into the finishing touches is reflected in your photos. Get your photographer to snap the reception room set up as well as close up shots of the table decor.
Ask the right questions
When you have your initial consultation with your photographer, get a few things confirmed before you sign the dotted line. Will they actually be shooting your day (some photographers send their assistants)? Do they include engagement shoots? What happens if they fall ill on the wedding day? Is the price tax-inclusive? Do they need accommodation?
Visit the venue with your photographer
If you have the chance to take your photographer to your venue before the big day, do it. It’s a great opportunity for you to look at spots that will make for great photos, so you don’t have to waste time on the big day.
Throughout the day, the likelihood is that your make-up will smudge, your hairstyle will start to fall out and you will get food caught in your teeth! Make sure your bridesmaids are equipped with make-up top-ups, tooth picks and hairspray and ask them to check you every couple of hours or when you go to the toilet.
Make a ‘must have’ shot list
Your photographer will know the essentials, but it’s still important that you make sure that all the key shots you want (with particular family members or in specific places) are noted by your photographer. If you write this list out far in advance of the big day then your photographer can work through it on the day efficiently and quickly, with ushers and bridesmaids gathering the appropriate people for you, too.
As much as you’ll want the traditional staged shots, make sure you give your photographer license to take lots of photos of guests smiling, talking and generally enjoying your day. This will make your album have a more natural feel and give a clearer reflection of your wedding.