As a wedding and event planner, one of the most important things on my to do list with my customers is a photo list. Having the photographer capture your wedding or event in the right way should always be a high priority.
Having memories to look back on are priceless and something that will last a life time. Also, you have spent your hard earned money on this special day, and a big chunk of that cost includes the photographer – so it is important you are clear with them exactly what you would like to be captured.
It may well sound like a boring and uncomfortable process stood there whilst your loved ones are called to have photos with you. However, I am almost certain, if you do not do this you will regret it. One of the biggest parts of a wedding or a special event is having your loved ones under one roof, celebrating together. How often does the opportunity arise that all of these special people, who are close to you, are in the same place at the same time? It is precious, and you should always make the most of it. So be sure to write your list and send it to the photographer, and planner.
Of course you are the main event, but that doesn’t mean you HAVE to be in every photo. Whilst your parents/grandparents/children etc are all dressed up, looking their best, why not have solo photos of them too.
If you are lucky enough to have 3 generations (or more) at your wedding be sure to treasure it, show off the generations in your family and how lucky you are to have those people present.
If you would like natural shots, they can still be staged. Be it walking along hand in hand, chatting to people, you don’t have to be posing, but if the photographer knows this he/she can stage certain scenes, that’ll still give the natural look.
If you have a receiving line, be sure to tell the photographer, some of the best photos I have seen are of people hugging their friends, the smiles, the unknown conversations, they really are great natural photos. And the expression springs to mind ‘a photo speaks a thousand words.
Make the most of your surroundings. Ensure the photographer you book knows your venue, and if they do not, be sure they confirm they will go and look at the venue before the big event as all professional photographers should do. It is so important they know the background, the scenery and where to capture the best photos. Again, you have paid all this money for a beautiful venue, your photos should make the most of it.
I know budgets can’t always stretch to it, but if you can, it would be a great idea to have your photographer to stay for an hour after the first dance. This is when people let loose! Photos of the dance floor will always show you what an amazing party you had and how much everyone enjoyed themselves. Also throwing the bouquet is rarely captured, but makes an amazing photo of your best friends standing behind you, at the ready!
You can always compromise with photographers, although a lot of photographers offer packages, you don’t have to stick that. Most photographers should come to a compromise. Maybe if you aren’t too fussed about having the photographer snap you whilst getting ready for an hour. Why not have 30 minutes of getting ready photos, and 30 minutes extra after the first dance? Photographers often put packages together as not everybody knows the kind of photos they want. However, you can always rely on your wedding planner, to do all these kind of negotiations.
Never under estimate your photos atany event – they will be what you remind you of your day in years and years to come.