When it comes to selecting vendors for your big day, a photographer should be on top of your list of important decisions. Not only is your photographer by your side most of the day, but also your images will be one of the few things that remain after the best night of your life is complete.
Picking the right photographer for you is the first step. Find a style you love and take a minute to chat with the photographer, whether in person or phone/video chat. Find a photographer you could see yourself being friends with, especially since you’ll be spending most of your big day with them by your side.
The photographer you choose should have plenty of advice when it comes to planning, as they have attended many, many weddings. Here are a few things you can do
think about the light – When looking at venues think about the light in each room. Is the bedroom you’re getting ready in small, pokey, and cramped? Are the ceremony room walls covered in dark wood with small windows? Remember, photography is essentially painting with light and if there isn’t any, there’s only so much your photographer can do without using a flash.
When choosing your venue and time of day, keep lighting in mind. If your wedding is outdoors, the best light happens 1-2 hours before sunset. If your wedding is indoors, try to avoid buildings with high dark ceilings and few windows. Since natural light will look much better in your photos, try to plan your wedding when the room will be the brightest. By the way, photographers hate fluorescent lights. They make you look green.
fill your photographer in on the surprises – Dirty dancing during the first dance? Please, please let your photographer know in advance. Most photographers use a portrait lens to capture all of the emotion, but if you suddenly break out into Gangnam style or tango around the dance floor it will be a struggle to switch to a faster lens in time. As a result we could miss some of the action.
do an engagement session – If your photographer offers an engagement shoot as part of the package then take it! They are a great way to not only practice in front of the camera but to get to know your photographer before the wedding day. They’ll also be able to find out how you photograph and you’ll get some cute shots of the two of you to display on your walls or at your wedding
be happy – Because you’ve never had someone follow you around all day taking photos, your probably won’t remember to smile while getting your dress buttoned or while cutting your cake. While these aren’t things you would normally think of as extremely “happy moments,” it makes a big difference in the photos. Also, you’re married now – stand close and put your arms around each other as much as you can!
I read this once and it is so true! “The most important tip any wedding vendor can give you is to just allow your wedding day to simply be what it is. Whether that means inclement weather, forgetting that bracelet you wanted to wear, or events running way off schedule. Keeping an open mind will allow spontaneity and magic to surprise and delight you, and make your wedding uniquely yours.”