Part 2: How to prepare yourselves for the photography on your wedding day
Congratulations if you have now chosen your wedding photographer! (Otherwise, have you read part 1 in this series of articles? In part 1 I’m giving advice on how to find and choose your photographer)
Once you have chosen your photographer, the planning stage starts. Don’t worry, most of the planning will be done by your photographer – You have plenty of other things to sort out as well! But in my experience, a good level of communication with your photographer before your wedding day is the best recipe for some fantastic wedding photography. Photography is very much about personal taste, so if the photographer has a good understanding of what you like and what is important to you, then they will know what to focus on during your wedding day. To be acquainted in advance will also help you feel relaxed with being photographed. So here follows some advice on how you can work together to get the best shots possible when the day comes!
1: Pre-visit to the venue(s)
To pre-visit the venue together with your photographer ahead of your day is, in my experience, the perfect trigger for ideas for your photographs. This is the perfect opportunity to brainstorm. It will also give you the photographer’s perspective on things. You see, your photographer looks at things more like a camera. It could be that you happen to have overlooked a location which the photographer discovers will be absolutely brilliant for photos. Or perhaps a location that you want for portraits at the venue might have some obstacles to it from the shooter’s point of view. If your photographer gets to see these things in advance, he/she will know how to best do certain shots on your day. This is also a great opportunity to find any backup indoor locations for portraits etc, in case of any crazy weather conditions on your day.
There are so many different styles of venues – all with different light availability, features and space, so seeing it with your photographer can be very helpful and give great inspiration before your day…
TOP TIP! It can be a good idea to save the venue visit until pretty close to your wedding. This will allow you to see what the location will look like in the right season and light. Also, you might not have seen your photographer since the previous year when you made the booking, so this could be the perfect time to catch up and go through the itinerary as well. By this time you will most likely have all the details together, know what the timings are and know of any latest incredibly important detail, that your photographer should know of.
2: Share your ideas!
If you have come across shots that you absolutely love and you really wish for something similar – it could be a certain way that something has been photographed or it could be some amazing wedding portraits that you’ve spotted in a magazine – show these to your photographer. Even if the shots are from a beach wedding and you are getting married in the centre of a big city…. even though these scenarios are far apart, the images can still lie as an inspiration in the back of your photographer’s mind. The photographer might get some new ideas from the shots that you’re showing!
3: Get ready to be photographed! Engagement / Pre-wedding portraits
Not used to being photographed? Don’t you worry, most of us aren’t. A pre-wedding shoot could be the perfect opportunity for you to get relaxed in front of the camera and with your photographer. It might also give you an understanding for how the photographer might direct you for your wedding portraits. And some ideas may very well arise during the session, for shots that you would want to have on your day!
Many photographers will include the pre-wedding shoot, so if this is the case take advantage of it! Or alternatively, it may very well be available as an addition.
Engagement shoot = Get used to the camera in a fun way – And, at the same time get shots that could be used for wedding invitations, etc…
4: Tell the photographer your secrets!
It is incredibly important that you let your photographer know in advance of anything important that you want pictures of and anything unusual that might happen, so that your photographer can be ready for it. If your bridal party are going to dance through the church doors and down the aisle (We’ve all seen that on Youtube haven’t we?) or if your first dance will start off really slow and romantic and suddenly break in to a rap routine (That we’ve all definitely seen on Youtube!) – please tell the photographer. Of course you want it to be a surprise for your guests. But do let the photographer in on your secrets. This will give him/her the chance to be in the right place at the right time, with the right lens on, and have the correct settings on their camera to best capture it.
I hope that this article has given you some ideas for how to communicate with your photographer and prepare yourselves to get the best shots when the day comes. In chapter 3 I will talk more about how things might run with your photographer on your wedding day.
Go back to Part 1 – How to find and choose a wedding photographer
Good luck with everything for your wedding day!