Your wedding photos are so important, they allow you to remember and look back on your big day in years to come. Your photos will be seen by family and friends, shared across your social media and take pride of place on display in your home. Here are some of the ways you can ensure that you get the best shots.
Research Your Photographer
Different photographers will have very different styles, and so it’s important to do your research before deciding on one. Look through their portfolio and read through any reviews. It’s a crucial decision to make and so don’t rush it. This is the person responsible for capturing one of the most important days of your life, and so you want it to be someone you trust.
Speak To Your Photographer Beforehand
A good wedding photographer will know all of the best shots to take. But if you have anything specific in mind it’s a good idea to speak to them about it in advance of the big day. Meeting in person, or at the very least a Skype call is a good idea so you can explain any details of what you would like to capture. For example, if you’ve seen a particular scene you would like to recreate, or your family has a tradition of taking certain photos at every wedding you could discuss and show examples.
Point Out Your Important Guests
Your photographer won’t know who the most important guests are. So make sure you point out who people are, mainly the very close families of the bride and groom. These are the people you will want to feature most heavily in your wedding album.
Let Guests Know When Pictures Are Being Taken
Putting an approximate time for group pictures on your order of service cards is useful, as people know where they are supposed to be. The last thing you want is to look back on your pictures and realise important people are missing where they’d popped off somewhere are weren’t aware. It also allows people to top up their makeup, fix their hair and do what they need to do in plenty of time, so there’s no messing around.
Hire a Photo Booth
As well as your stunning, elegant, professional wedding photos, it could be a good idea to hire a photo booth too. This allows your guests to capture the more fun and lighthearted side of the day. Plus it’s also entertaining and something for them to do during the evening. Another way to do this is to provide disposable cameras at each table. You could also set up an Instagram hashtag so that guests can share their pictures of the day all in one place. Even if they’re not the most spectacularly lit, perfectly posed and romantic shots. But it shows you a whole other perspective of your big day, and you’re bound to find a few real gems in there. With cameras being better than ever, you might find some guests capture some amazing shots even if they’re beginners in photography.