Guide to Wedding Photography
It’s the most important day of your life so of course you want to be sure that you get a superb set of photographs to remember it by; photos for your home, for your family and friends and even for your children and grandchildren. This simple guide offers some advice and a few tricks of the trade to help ensure that you’ll have great wedding photos to enjoy for years to come.
It’s all in the preparation
Location, Location Location! It’s one of the most important considerations for your wedding and also for your wedding photographer. Great backdrops make for great photos.
It also goes without saying that you’ll want to look your very best on your wedding day, so start planning well in advance. Select a dress and book the flowers. Talk to your hairdresser about how you want your hair to be done and have a practice session, which will provide a great excuse for a night out in advance, looking great!
Book a photographer you like
You might think that it’s your photographer’s technical skill that’s important – and to a certain extent it is. But to get the very best pictures of you, your wedding photographer needs you to be relaxed and natural. So be sure to meet him or her before the day and spend some time talking about the type of photos you like, what your expectations are and the itinerary of the day. If you can build up a rapport and a level of trust, the day will run smoothly.
If it’s possible, visit the venue with the photographer before the big day; the wedding rehearsal provides a great opportunity for this. This will allow you to take the time to choose specific locations for particular pictures. Getting great pictures is a team effort and together, you’ll capture those special memories for the future.
On the day
You’ll probably ask your photographer to take a mixture of formal portraits and reportage shots. The group pictures outside the church or during the reception are an important record of who was there on your big day, while the intimate portraits in your first few hours as husband and wife will be something you’ll always cherish. If you’ve never done any modelling, striking a pose can feel contrived and awkward, so take some guidance from your photographer; they will be able to position you perfectly to get the best results, show you how to hold your bouquet, work with you to find the most interesting and romantic backdrops and guide your guests politely into position for the group shots.
Aim to have as many photos as possible taken outdoors, as natural light tends to be much more flattering. This is where some good preparation can really count; make sure that your photographer has a list of pictures that you expect him/her to take, including the family combinations, then give the list to someone who is not part of the wedding party who will to help organise friends and family, so that you do not have to run about chasing Aunt Joan; instead enjoy the occasion and let others help, while you remain the centre of attention.
Candid photos balance the overall package of photographs and memories of the day, capturing the intimate moments, spontaneity, laughter, hugs and tears. These are the shots where you rely upon the skill of the photographer, to be in the right place at the right time, to have a keen sense of awareness and ability to compose and capture the moment, the instant it occurs.
“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.”
Dorothea Lange, American Photographer