How to Get the Most Out of Your Wedding Photos

August 02, 2016  •  2 Comments

Weddings are a special day. A big day for family and friends, generally the day is all about the bride. Pictures are a vital part in preserving your memorable day. As a wedding photographer, I would like to share a few tips with you to get the best pictures.

Be Organized (Well, as Much as Possible)

I know weddings are chaotic, busy and at times simply overwhelming. Being organized helps the day go smooth. If you are still preparing dresses or searching for jewelry to wear, you are wasting valuable time. Trying to finish last details an hour before the wedding causes stress. You want to enjoy every minute of your wedding day.  

  • Lay out all pieces of clothing the night before to ensure you have everything for your big day.
  • Ask your wedding party to do the same. You and your wedding party will be able to do last minute errands prior to the morning of your wedding.
  • Find your jewelry prior to your big day. You may want to get two different sets to ensure you have the right look for your big day.

Designate

Generally, everyone loves a wedding. Ask family and friends to help with your big day. Designate micro committees to help with any last minute errands, intervene in any type of problems, or ensure everything is running as planned. Micro committees are just a fancy title. The committee can be made up of one or two responsible people.

  • Decoration committee: Decorating should be done the night before. If this is not an option, ask specific people to help with the decorations. The best way is to devise a plan for your newly formed committee to follow.  
  • Food and drinks committee: This is a priority especially if you are doing all the catering. You do not want your guests to run out of food or drinks.
  • Errand committee: A person or two to check last minute details. Ensuring all members of the wedding party is ready to go and in position.

The Best Photos

For the best photo know what you want. As I photographer, one of my biggest frustrations is checking in with a client without a response. If I email or call you, I would like to know the type of photos you want. I would rather have a client bombard me with photo ideas than tell me, “I don’t know”. I cannot provide you with the best photos of your big day without knowing what you want.

  • Go to Pinterest and make a community board. Invite friends, family members and myself to the board. I can copy the photos to bring to your wedding.
  • Email or call me with photo ideas prior to your wedding day.
  • Copy photos or magazine clippings to show me. I will meet you at a café, coffee shop or even a fast food joint to go over photo ideas.
  • Make lists. I provide a basic list of photo ideas. But if you or your family members want something special, add the photo ideas to the list.   

Preparing and designating allows you more time to relax. With emotions running high, you want a happy day with minimal stress. I always say, do not expect perfection out of chaos.            

 

 


Comments

Martha(non-registered)
My grandson is getting married the end of August and they have a professional photographer but I'll be having my cell phone too. LOL
Bill Kasman(non-registered)
When our daughter was married a few years ago we put all the photography arrangements in the hands of a professional wedding photographer. It cost a bit but was well worth it - the photos were excellent and a video was included as well as a slide show.
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