While the small details of your wedding day may fade, your wedding photos are something you will hold on to for decades to come. Anytime the mood to reminisce hits, you and your honey will pull out the album to relive that beautiful day.
Any great wedding photographer knows this and takes that responsibility very seriously. They want to make sure they get the most important shots of your special day. But in order for that to happen, there are a few things your wedding photographer wants you to know. Unfortunately, they probably won't tell you. But there's no need to worry because we will!
12 Things Your Wedding Photographer Wants You to Know:
1. Your wedding day is about you. Do what you want.
Rules are made to be broken so don’t feel you have to follow tradition. Case in point, don't feel like you have to have group photos of the entire wedding party. Choosing more intimate shots of you and your spouse instead will pay off in the long term.
2. Don't allow yourself to be pushed around by your wedding planner/mother/aunt/sister.
This is pretty self-explanatory. Again, this is your day and your photos.
3. Your dress may get dirty.
There. We said it. And if you resign yourself to this fact, it will be much easier to come to terms with it when it happens. Dresses and shoes are expensive, but you don’t want to be fretting all day over them. Those beautiful images of newlyweds strolling in sunlit fields and lounging about in old barns don’t happen by magic. You may need to trudge down a dirt road or even climb a fence or two. But the end result will be worth it.
4. Consider an "unplugged" wedding.
There is nothing more annoying than iPad wielding guests trying to snap shots at the most inopportune times. It's not too much to ask guests to simply enjoy the wedding rather than taking their own photos. The photographer doesn't want to miss something because Uncle Carl was in the way.
5. Trust your photographer.
Please do not show up with the shot list from your favorite wedding website. If you do, know in advance that your photographer will probably miss those lovely candid shots.
6. Make sure you let the photographer in on all the details.
If you are wearing your grandmother's locket, let the them know! That's a special detail they will want to document for you.
7. Please ask the DJ to communicate with them.
It’s best if the DJ will let your photographer know before they start the cake cutting, bouquet toss, etc., so they can be prepared for these shots. Your aunt Bea might have dragged them into another room to take pictures of your second cousins twice removed while something important is happening on the dance floor. And then they'll miss it. And you will be upset.
8. Photographers love first look photos.
And can almost guarantee they will be your favorite photos of the day.
9. If you look like yourself, your photos will be much better.
Don't let a makeup artist talk you into a new look on your day. You will be uncomfortable and it will show in the photos.
10. Light is everything.
Know that if you choose to have your photos taken at noon, the lighting is harsh and you won't look good. Late in the day is best.
11. Everything takes longer than you think. Plan for it.
No, really. Everything takes much more time than you think and if your ceremony runs over 20 minutes, you may have to leave before we get all the shots you wanted.
12. Enjoy your day, your photos depend on it.
Even the best wedding photographer can't photoshop stress out of your photos. Relax, have fun and don't sweat the small details!
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