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When planning your wedding….
Spend time researching and picking out the best style of photographer for your event.
Research is KEY to finding a photographer that can produce the long lasting memories you will love and cherish for the rest of your life.
Photographers have different styles of shooting. It is important that you review their work beforehand and envision how you’d like your day to go. Do their images fit your ideal day? The way a photographer shoots will indicate how they will capture your day. Whether it is lighting or angles, you won’t really be able to change a photographer’s style. To ensure you have photos that you will love forever, put in the time up front by doing your research.
Spend time getting to know your photographer (and/or their team).
You will spend a lot of time on your big day with your photographer right by your side. Choosing a photographer that you vibe with and will bring a positive energy to your day can make all the difference. I also recommend having your wedding photographer take your engagement photos beforehand so you can get to know them better and understand their posing and style. You can check out this blog post that I wrote all about it!
Allocate money in your budget on a photographer and/or videographer.
When booking vendors and purchasing items for your wedding, it can be very enticing to cut costs at every corner, and photographers easily end up on that list. Remember, while your wedding will last one day, your photographs will last a lifetime. Your wedding photos will be the only tangible memory that you can look at and cherish well beyond that single day of your event. I recommend prioritizing photography and videography in your budget and cut costs elsewhere if you must. You probably won’t miss that extra layer on your cake, but you will definitely notice if you don’t get a picture with your grandma, or that sunset shot you’d been dreaming of with your new hubby isn’t wall-worthy. Make sure that you hire an experienced person to capture those irreplaceable memories for you and you will have no regrets!
On your wedding day…
Have your photographer show up while you are still getting ready.
Some of the photos my brides love the most are those of their family and friends getting ready together before the walk down the aisle. Nothing captures the pure bliss of your wedding day more than getting your dress on, dancing around the room to your favorite songs, clinking champagne flutes, praying together, and just bonding before you become one with your soon-to-be spouse.
Having photos taken of your favorite people helping you get into your dress, or seeing you for the first time in it, can lead to some incredibly beautiful and emotional moments that add to the experience of your day. Plus, they can also make amazing gifts down the road! Don’t skip out on this!
Have your photographer stay for awhile once dancing has started.
Oftentimes once the cake has been cut, dinner has been served, and the dance floor has officially opened photographers will start to wrap it up. While scheduled events of the day have come to an end, don’t be so quick to send your team home! Your friends and family will love looking at your wedding album and seeing themselves tearing up the dance floor to their favorite song! And those photos always drum up a good laugh or two. Bring on all the dance faces!
For their honeymoon…
It can seem silly, or be intimidating, to ask a stranger to take photos of you and your spouse on your honeymoon. I get it! However, you will be so thankful that you did! Yes, your wedding is a very important day, and you want to have beautiful photos of it. But, your honeymoon is also a time for you and your spouse to celebrate the beginning of your new life together! You will want just as many photos of that celebration. Plus, your friends and family will want to see the first adventure you took together as a married couple! Push past any fear you have and ask the strangers around you to snap a few pictures. Or hire a destination photographer to come capture some for you! You won’t regret it.
What piece of advice would you give brides for their wedding day, marriage or during their honeymoon? If you’re looking or a wedding or engagement photographer, feel free to check out my work here or follow along on Instagram! I’d love to chat with you!