Part 3: THE ACTUAL WEDDING DAY WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
Here comes the third and final part in my series of articles on How to get the best wedding photography on your day! Did you read the other chapters already? Otherwise, click here to go back to Part 1: How to find the wedding photographer for you. Or click here to go to Part 2: How to prepare yourself for the photography on your day.
Since you’ve been doing a lot of planning and communicated with your photographer well beforehand, your day should run really smoothly when it finally comes. You can relax, and don’t have to worry about what the photographer is doing – If you’ve been meeting up for chats, seen the venue together, shared your ideas and brain storming and perhaps had an engagement shoot to get used to the camera as well, then you should be on the same wavelength about the photography. Here follows a few suggestions on what to think about on your day, to get those shots that you’ve been hoping and planning for:
1: Advice on any changes
If for some reason there has been a last minute change to the itinerary, let the photographer know early on so that there aren’t any misunderstandings later on during your day.
2: Take suggestions from the photographer
No one can foretell exactly what will happen on your day. All the planning that you have been doing should be treated more like a canvas where things can take place – so do go with sudden suggestions from the photographer. For example: On your actual day, your photographer might see the perfect light or composition for a shot which obviously couldn’t have been foretold. For example, during the bridal preparations, your photographer might request to move your dress, shoes or any other details to make a shot more interesting, or he / she might suggest that you move in to a better spot for the getting ready shots, because the light and space is better. (Particularly if your photographer is of an editorial style – some photographers who are sincerely reportage in style, might not interfere at all)
3: How much direction from your photographer?
How much influence your photographer will have, is something that you would have decided on in advance. If you are someone who wants your photographer to stay in the background and be totally unobtrusive all day, you have probably booked a photographer who is rigidly a reportage/photojournalist photographer. This means that they will photograph things as they are without moving anything or directing you, but still look for compositions and expose for the light correctly. If on the other hand you want to have a personal portrait session on your day or a bridal party group shoot, you are probably looking for an editorial photographer. Editorial photography doesn’t mean posed and stiff photography, it can still look natural and relaxed like the reportage style, but some shots have been set up – so to get the best angle, best light, interesting location and composition. An important thing to remember if you want these editorial shots is that it does demand a bit of time.
4: Give your photographer time for shots
If you want to have those relaxed and gorgeous couple shots or perhaps a really funky and fun shoot with your brides maids and grooms men, then shooting time for this is good to have planned in advance, so that it already is in the itinerary. If you consult your photographer before your day, you will know how much time to set aside to achieve the shots you want – it can be 10 minutes or 30 minutes or an hour – all depending on what kind of shots you are after.
5: Your photographer might require time for technical reasons
Sometimes the photographer might need a bit of time for “all that technical stuff”. It could be that he/she might have to change to a different lens, change memory card or battery, or set up an off camera flash… So it can be a a good idea to warn the photographer if any big moments are suddenly to take place such as throwing the bouquet, cake cutting or first dance. An idea is to have a chief bridesmaid or best man who occasionally seeks out the photographer and make sure that he/she knows that these big moments are about to happen.
5: Share your sudden inspiration
Don’t be afraid to tell the photographer if you suddenly have an idea on your day, or see something that you really want a shot of, or if you realise that there are some relatives you haven’t seen in years that you just must have pictures of. It’s your day and the photographer is there to capture it.
6: Chill out and relax and enjoy!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of articles and that they give you some inspiration in your hunt for fantastic wedding photography for your day!
Text and photography by: Wedding photographer Louise Bjorling
Go back to Part 1: How to find the wedding photographer for you.
Or click here to go to Part 2: How to prepare yourself for the photography on your day.