Beautiful Wedding Photography Tips for Brides
As brides and grooms-to-be, there is a lot of pressure for the big day, and many couples worry about how things will work out. One of the things couples are usually stressed about is wedding photography, as wedding photos are the biggest keepsakes after the wedding.
There are many ways to ensure you get the best results possible, while still being able to relax and enjoy your day. Here are a few wedding photography tips for brides to help you get stunning wedding photos.
1. Know your preferred wedding photography style
Every photographer has different styles, and it’s important to know what style you’re after. Talking about the visual aspect, do you want the photos to look romantic and intimate, or glamorous like fashion editorial? Do you prefer classic or artsy wedding photos?
For the storytelling aspect, choose how you want your wedding to be documented. Many people choose the photojournalistic approach of documentation, while others prefer fashion reportage approach. It’s all up to you! The last thing to consider is the editing style.
Choose what you like best, from the tone (warm or cool tone? Soft or vibrant colors?) to the look (vintage or sleek modern?). These all seem like a lot of things to be considered, but it’s actually a lot easier than you think once you know your preference. This way, you can narrow down the search for photographers and focus on the ones who can deliver your vision.
2. Choose amazing photographers
Once you have decided on your preferred wedding photography style, now it’s time to find the photographers. While there are obvious things you should think about when choosing photographers (prices, packages offered, location, availability), the technical aspects are often overlooked by couples.
Pay close attention to their ability to capture candid and fleeting moments, the angle and composition of their photos, and the photo quality, especially in low light
3. Ask your photographers’ opinions
Your photographers’ opinions can be very valuable since they can give you technical suggestions for your wedding based on their expertise to make sure things will go smoothly on the day. For example, you can ask their opinion about the lighting (very important!), and whether additional lighting would be needed at the venue. Some couples also ask their photographers’ opinions for venue décor, or even dress!
Basically, your photographers will mostly be able to visualize things, so getting their two cents can be a huge help. Eliminating a few potential complications on the day will surely help put you at ease, won’t it?
4. Have an engagement photo session with your photographers
For some couples, an engagement shoot is not a top priority. However, if you’re not used to being in front of the camera, an engagement shoot is your best chance to practice. This is also an opportunity to get comfortable with your photographers and get feedback to prepare for the big day. And don’t forget the bonus: all the cute photos of you as a couple, which can be used for your save-the-date cards, or as a part of your wedding décor.
5. Send an invitation to your photographers (plus the wedding day timeline)
Sending a wedding invitation to your photographers allow them to be seated with the guests, ensuring they won’t miss any moment that needs capturing. This will also allow them to eat with the guests (photographers need to eat as well, and people don’t need to be photographed when they’re eating), plus they can get nice shots of the invitation before the hectic wedding day.
Once you have a fixed timeline, send it to your photographers so they know the sequence of events, allowing them to have a better visualization and planning for the day.
6. Make a shot list
What are the things you don’t want your photographers to miss? Is it the details of the handcrafted decorations? Or your bridesmaids getting ready for the day? Although photographers have a list of essential things they will capture at a wedding, every couple is different and it’s always best to communicate what you want. If you don’t know where to start, this wedding photography checklist can give you an idea of moments you might want to get captured in the wedding. Having an Indian wedding? These Indian wedding photography details can give you an idea of what to ask your photographers to capture for your wedding.
If needed, you can also give your photographers a shot list for group portraits. Just don’t keep it too long!
7. Note important moments for your wedding photographers to capture
There will be important moments that your photographers need to know, Giving them notes will help both of you in ensuring a smooth day. For example, you might want to let your photographer know to be ready for your mother’s reaction when she sees you the first time in your wedding dress. Or to be ready to take a photograph of your grandpa when he’s standing near you if he has a bad hip and can’t stand too long.