You have a date, you have a venue, you have the vendors, and you have a plan. Or do you?
As a wedding photographer, one of my favourite parts of the job is meeting with couples prior to the wedding day.
It’s a great way to chat about ways to ensure their day goes as smooth as possible.
Now, it’s important to keep in mind, not everything can be controlled. For instance, a sudden change of weather.
but plenty can be.
So, today we are looking at a question I often get from those planning their wedding and that is how can they make the most out of their wedding photographer?
In other words, what are some things that can be done to ensure the wedding photos turn out the best possible way.
So, here are a number of things to do:
Meet prior to the day
In a number of previous blogs, I have mentioned how crucial it is to find a wedding photographer that matches your personality.
And even though I have spoken about this in the past, I still find the personality match to be one of the most important things when booking a wedding photographer.
After all, the more you find a photographer with a personality you like, the more comfortable you will feel on the day.
As a result, the better the photos will turn out.
How long is the photographer booked for?
It is extremely common for photographers to offer a number of package options for the big day.
Make sure the package you choose is one that will able them to capture the moments you definitely want captured.
Meaning, if you know you want the morning preparation captured, make sure the package you choose is one that will ensure it is.
This may sound simple and like common sense but it is important that all this is understood by all.
It will make sure both you and the photographer are aware of the plan
Have a detailed list and a key contact
Prior to the wedding day it is extremely beneficial for the photographer to have a list that includes a key contact (as the bride and groom you will be very occupied on the day) they can be in contact with.
Another detail you would want to provide them with is a list of key moments.
Most photographers know that capturing the ceremony, the first kiss and the first dance is all crucial. But if you are planning any other specific moments you want captured, make sure the photographer is aware.
One of those moments for example could include a present gifted to the grandparents attending the big day.
Although no wedding is the same, one of the moments most of them have in common is family photo time.
What may sound like a simple 20-30 minutes can become a somewhat messy scene if not managed properly.
So, to ensure you are making the most out of your photographer and not wasting time, make sure there’s a detailed list of all the family photos and combinations you are looking to capture.
A wedding day is one where brides and grooms should not be worrying about logistics. And while such a special day will always include some type of coordination, having an experienced photographer will ensure that your day and photos are perfect.
For any questions or more information regarding weddings or wedding photography, reach out to me at Sev’s Weddings. I would be honoured to help.
Wishing you a lifetime of happiness