1. Choosing the Location of the Shot
Your wedding photographer will have taken the time to familiarize themselves with your reception location or areas around your ceremony site to find the best places to photograph. They’ll know where gets the best light and what direction to shoot in to avoid harsh shadows or messy and distracting backgrounds in your photos. If you plan on getting married at a vineyard, for example, there would likely be lots of areas to take photos throughout the day, whereas a reception venue in a downtown studio setting will be much more limited due to the surrounding environment of the city. While checking out venues, take note of where photos may be taken throughout the property and make sure it aligns with your overall vision.
2. Time of Day to Shoot
While each venue is different, the fundamentals of light are always the same! Lighting, just as much as the location, is key to creating beautiful images but that doesn’t mean any time of the day will give you the results you are looking for. Are you planning on an evening ceremony by candle light, but love the bright and airy look? If an evening ceremony is a non-negotiable for you and your partner, we suggest opting for doing a first look so that you can get portraits and wedding party shots before the sun goes down. However, if you love how flash photography looks, then an evening ceremony may be the perfect plan! Just know that the time of day plays a huge roll in how your photos will turn out in the end so communicate any concerns you may have with your photographer.
Being in front of the camera can be hard for most people, especially when you have 200+ guests watching you and your partner and making you the center of attention. It’s hard to see yourself through other’s eyes, but finding a photographer you can trust will help put any posing fears at ease. A great photographer will always listen to your concerns and make posing more personal with prompts to evoke real emotions, making the whole process a lot easier! While some photographers will take into consideration your photo ideas, you shouldn’t be offended if they offer another suggestion that may work better for your particular situation. Most times you’ll be working with limited time and light and you don’t want to waste much of either on your big day.
4. Editing Your Photos
Trust your photographer’s creative eye during the editing process. After all, with a world of so many talented photographers, you chose them out of everyone for their style and creativity and your photographer would never want to produce images they weren’t proud to deliver. They will know which images will look best in black and white, color, or cropped, and which ones to add special effects to, if any. Trust them to use their skills to make each image stunning, and if you have certain requests you should be very up front with them before your wedding.
5. Handling Printing Your Photos
Your photographer knows where to get prints made and probably has a long-term relationship with a reputable printing company. The biggest let down is having a stunning image and ordering a large print or canvas only find the colors are off, the image is blurred or it simply looks dull; ordering prints and products through your photographer can ensure you get some peace of mind. Knowing where to get your prints made, what size they should be done in and which ones will look best in your albums, wall art, or thank you cards are some of the perks of hiring a professional photographer, so trust them and listen to what they think will look best for what you want and save the drugstore prints for your cell phone photos!