How to Get the Most Out of Me (Your Photographer)
There are so many different ways to make the most from your photographer. Some main points to start with are to share your special day inspiration, create a plan together, and then just focus on being you and haveing a great day with your guests. The following tips will help you get more from me as your photographer, and also enjoy your wedding day and your photos.
Share the Love
Part of what makes the best photographers excel at their craft is understanding their clients ideas for their special day. Because every couple is unique, if you share your story and what you love about photographs, the more in tune your photographer will be with you. Some clients may love an editorial portrait more than a intimate candid one, and if your photographer understands that then they’ll know what to give you given the limited time they have with you and your special day. Sharing inspiring images with your photographer, whether they captured them or not, can help them draw inspiration for your wedding day photography and make the day go smoother and knowing you'll get the kind of photos your really want from your wedding day.
Let your chosen photographer know your photo priorities for your day. To do this, think about what you’d like to see in your gallery. Do you value seeing the real, not-so-perfect candid moments that unfold naturally than the perfectly posed and styled moments? Have a look through your wedding day timeline and ask yourself, if two things are happening at the same time, would you prefer the photographer to be in one place instead of another? Make sure your photographer knows what you really want to be captured on the day.
During your consultation with your chosen photographer try and use the time to discuss the timeline, must-have photos from your wedding-photo list, different photography locations at the venue, etc. You can also discuss your expectations for the shots from the day. Plan and coordinate a timeline together that’s reasonable for the photos you want. Your photographer should help you understand what it takes to get certain shots while considering the timeline and location within the chosen venue. Being prepared in this way helps everyone stay calm and positive if something or timing shifts on the wedding day.
If having photos of all the little details is important to you, I suggest pulling together your dress, shoes, rings, jewellery etc., and set them aside at the start of the wedding day during bridal preparations so that they can be photographed first. Having this kind of easy access will help your photographer be more efficient on the day.
The photos you get will match the level of energy you bring to your day. Your photographer will be there to encourage you to take a quick moment, briefly step back, appreciate the love around you, and soak it all in - then get back onto the dance floor! Trust that your photographer will step in and provide guidance if something needs to happen. You’ve set yourself up for success and now the one thing you can do that will have the biggest impact on your photos is to be present and enjoy the people around you.