5 THINGS YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER WANTS YOU TO DO/NOT DO ON YOUR WEDDING
#1 TURM YOUR SMILE ON!
Your photographer is trying to capture as many moments as possible at all times during your wedding. While deliberately talking to get those natural chatty shots is awesome, talking too much means that a lot of great photos may also be ruined. Keep in mind that there may always be a camera pointing at you at all times, so remember to always smile and enjoy the moment. Photographers are very discrete and capture moments when you least expect it. The: ‘Smile is the best thing to wear’ holds especially true for your wedding photography.
#2 COMMUNICATE YOUR PLAN
Meet up with your photographer and take the time to consult with them about the timing of your wedding day details. Wedding photographers have experience with weddings and they sure must have attended more weddings than you have, and they will be able to give you guidance on timings as well. Things like where will the guests be received, what you will do at the conclusion of your ceremony, will help out your photographer figure out where they will be staying at each portion of your wedding to ensure they capture the best and deliver the maximum on your wedding!
#3 SET ASIDE SOME TIME FOR YOURSELF
It is important that you are not doing anything else but focusing on yourself at least 30 minutes to one hour before your guests arrive. Often you will retrieve 30 minutes before the ceremony so guests will not see you as they arrive. That is a good time for you to relax and spend some time with yourself. When planning your big day, plan on delegating every chore to someone else and set this time apart for you and your spouse to take photos. Ensure you are dressed up and ready, with an uncluttered and a light room for some fine art-style photographs! These will be the photographs you will most certainly show your future children and grandchildren, so make sure you give yourself and your wedding photographer the time and space to shoot them!
#4 DO NOT LOOK AT THE CAMERA ALL THE TIME
It is very natural when you see your photographer about to take a shot to want to look at the camera. However, try not to do it especially if you want some of your photographs to be more of a journalistic type. Try to act natural and unless you are asked to by your wedding photographer, do not look at the camera - just focus on enjoying your big day!
#5 DO A PRE-WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION OR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY SESSION
Your wedding photographer is aware that another session besides the wedding, will surely add to your wedding expenses. However, the cost of a pre-wedding photography session will never override the benefits of doing an engagement session for example. Just to name a few benefits: Your wedding photographer will get to know you better, they will see what shots work best for you, you will get more comfortable to pose in front of your guy and you will both have more space to experiment in a fun, stress free engagement session that will result in wedding day comfort and trust in the photographer but also an awesome wedding photography memories!
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