Wedding photography advice – here’s a few thoughts based on my experience of weddings to date. It’s by no means exhaustive but contains a few things that are sometimes overlooked. Hope you find it of use.
Choose a wedding photographer based on the style of photography you’d like for your wedding. Do you want traditionally posed photos, reportage (fly on the wall) style, black and white or a mixture of all genres? Find some photographers you like, get a short list and arrange to meet them all. It’s important that you get on well, as he’ll be coming to your wedding and recording the biggest day of your life. Try not to choose on price – your photos are the only thing you get to keep once the day is over – apart from your husband (or wife) of course! I’d also recommend a pre wedding shoot – you’ll get some nice photos of the two of you together, get to know the photographer and also get some experience of having your photos taken. Practice makes perfect!
Number one – relax and enjoy the day!
Make sure you allow time for everything that you want to happen, and bear in mind that most schedules are never kept to. Beware of any flat periods during the day – a big gap between dinner and the evening starting can slow the day down. Bear in mind that an early ceremony, say at midday, can make for a very long day for your guests.
If photography is important to you bear this in mind when choosing your venue – are there plenty of suitable backdrops and features in the grounds? Are there any local landmarks that would enhance your photos? One of the finest venues I know has a car park at the front and a car park at the back, so I generally arrange for a short trip to some where more conducive to photography for the bride and groom shots.
Those Jimmy Choos might be to die for, but you might want to have a pair of flats or flip flops to hand for later on when comfort is your priority. If it’s wet outside a pair of wellies is both practical and makes for great photos! Always have some big umbrellas to hand, so that if the heavens do open, you’ll be able to get from car to church or venue without getting soaked!
The Best Man
As well as getting you to the church on time, handing over the ring and delivering a witty speech, the Best Man can also assist with any group photographs that you have requested. If you let him have a list of the people needed for each shot he can be rounding them up in preparation. Group photos often take longer than is necessary, so this can significantly improve on the smooth running of your day.
I’ve noticed a trend at weddings recently for the tables at the wedding breakfast to be identified in a different way. One couple had each table named after a favourite holiday destination, another after the groom’s favourite cheeses. It’s a minor thing, but helps make your day unique to you and therefore more memorable.