Wedding photographs should create a personal narrative to share over generations, whether a couple gets hitched at a Cathedral or City Hall.
But it's important to note that beautiful wedding photos take more effort than just hiring a professional photographer or accepting the generous offer of a shutterbug friend.
Selecting a Photographer
Start by selecting a photographer with experience taking pictures at weddings, as well as parties. Aside from a portfolio, be sure to speak with couples whose weddings they've photographed to get the entire picture of their service.
Communication with Photographer
Even with the best photographer in town, at the heart of getting good photos is planning, which starts with an overall wedding timeline, guest list and seating chart for reception. Photographers need this information to focus on who's important and where to be, so moments aren't missed like the two mothers in law gabbing at the rehearsal dinner or the mutual friend who introduced the bride and groom.
Choosing the Right Venues
But long before anyone says "I Do," it's important for the wedding couple and photographer to visit all the rooms and locales where pictures will be taken to assess what lights, lenses or other equipment are needed. If the photographer always works at a particular venue, still insist on a meeting there. A walk through together can only strengthen communication for better photos on the big day, so neither the bride nor groom will have to play photo editor on their own wedding day.
If there are photos to be taken outside, visit those sites around the time of day of the actual ceremony, reception or rehearsal for a photographer to weigh the effects of natural light. This is particularly important for afternoon and sunset gatherings when sun tends to be harsh, or in short supply, making it difficult to get the exposure right. Remember softer morning light is favorable for photographing people.
Additionally, scope out a room for the best backdrops to take group photos, allowing the photographer to study the best angles, lighting and composure for future shots. Group shots also often work well when the photographer is slightly elevated on a step stool or platform.
With all this planning, the photographer will have more time to observe and take unrehearsed images, instead of just random pictures around a room in hopes of grabbing the right people and flavor.
After the Wedding...
Of course, with digital cameras and camera phones, everyone is a photographer these days, making it also important for modern weddings to create a means for guests to share their photos.
So be sure to create a social media wedding page or photo blog where guests can upload and download pictures, get wedding updates and directions, link to gift registries, and share comments. Our beautiful enclosure cards provide the perfect place to include URL information of your wedding page or blog!
Don't let all the photos that capture such a special moment in your life go to waste after your wedding. Make full use of your wedding photos by incorporating them in holiday cards and photo calendars.