Plan Your Wedding Photos | Expert Advice
Plan Your Wedding Photos
You’ve booked your wedding photographer and the big day is getting closer. Now it’s time to plan out your photos and prepare yourself. Here’s how, with tips from our expert panel member and wedding photographer, Maria Sundin!
Get your money’s worth
You’ve probably spent a fair portion of your budget on a photographer, so you’ll want to make sure you get value for money. A photographer’s work isn’t only to provide you with a photography service on the day; it’s also to take you through the whole process, make you feel comfortable before your wedding, guide you in decisions, help you plan your timeline and tell you when the best light is. So make sure you use your photographer to the fullest – doing so will also make your day a whole lot better!
Manage your expectations
If I’m photographing Oprah, it’s going to be Oprah who shows up on the photos, not Beyoncé. A good photographer will work hard to find your best angles and make you look as good as he/she can, but we can’t make you taller, skinnier, more tanned or less wrinkly. And that’s the beauty. We capture your truth and we freeze a beautiful moment in time.
Trust your photographer’s ability
If you’re happy with the photographer you’ve booked, then trust his or her ability 100 per cent. Your family and friends may have different opinions on the location the photographer has chosen, but if you trust him/her, you can rest assured that the setting has been selected for a reason. There are a million factors that create a beautiful photo. A key factor is light – the type of light, direction and quality. Another is composition, and then there’s colour, contrast, depth of field, feel of the photo, focus, white balance, etc. Keep in mind that all these things go through your photographer’s head when choosing a location, not just the location itself.
Unplug your wedding
What makes for the best ceremony photos? A photo of you in the centre of the aisle with all your guests holding up mobile phones, or a photo of you in the middle of the aisle and all your guests cheering, laughing and tossing rice at you?
If you appreciate great photos, I would recommend that you unplug your ceremony. Ask your guests to turn off their mobile phones during the ceremony and let them know you’ll share the images with them later. Here’s a text I’ve seen being used at unplugged weddings:
We want you to be able to
really enjoy our wedding day,
feeling truly present and
in the moment with us.
We’ve hired an amazing wedding
photographer called _______ who will be
capturing the way the wedding looks – and
we’re inviting each of you to sit back, relax,
and just enjoy how the wedding feels.
We’re respectfully asking that everyone
considers leaving cameras and mobile phones off.
We will happily share our wedding
photos with you afterwards!
Feel free to express yourselves
It’s your wedding day and the photos are all about capturing your special moments so you can remember your day when you look back at it. I recommend viewing the portrait session as a time out for both of you – a moment for yourselves. The fewer the people, the more relaxed you’ll feel and the more immersed in each other you’ll be. It’ll be more natural and you’ll feel free to express yourselves.
If you haven’t booked a photographer yet, read ‘How to book your wedding photographer’ here. Stay tuned, there’s more to come on wedding photography next month.
Xx Maria Xx
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