For many, our wedding day is something we have planned since we were kids. We have ogled over every style of wedding attire there is. We know if we want an outdoor ceremony, what flavor our cake will be (essentially), and what our guests will throw, light, catch, or set free as we leave the venue holding hands, officially announced as One.
But the one thing we DON’T put much thought into is the photographer - until we’re actually planning the wedding, that is. And even then, it’s usually the one thing we try to really skimp on. So, I’ve asked wedding photography expert, Eva Winemiller with Eva Winemiller Photography, to chime in with some great tips that everyone should consider when saying “I Do!” to a wedding photographer.
1. Look Like You. When you’re going to be the one in the photos, you want to be recognizable. Sure, you want to look as amazing as possible. And you will! But don’t go so different that no one will know who is walking down the aisle. Your style, whether it’s natural or glam, should still reflect you on your special day.
2. Check Photography Permissions with Your Chosen Venue. You would think that if you’re getting married, photography is allowed, right? Don’t just assume. There is nothing worse than planning for that perfect up-close shot of your significant other as you walk down the aisle and having your photographer told last minute they have to stay in the back, or worse, can’t come in at all! Check with the venue to plan accordingly so your photographer knows where she can or cannot shoot, and whether or not she can move around during the ceremony.
3. Keep Your Wedding Unplugged. Nothing ruins a great shot of the couple standing hand-in-hand at the altar, gazing lovingly into each other’s eyes than a guest stepping out in front of us, wielding a phone, a tablet, or a camera themselves. Aunt Gertie trying to get the perfect photo on her iPhone may cause your wedding photographer to miss that one shot you specifically requested. So be sure to have your guests silence and safely store all electronics out of reach. While we love all of your guests and want to capture them at your great event too, we’d prefer to have them focused on you and leave the photography to us. If they absolutely have to take their own photos, offer them all disposable cameras like these beautiful wedding cameras for guests after the ceremony and ask them to take photos during the reception. Not only is it way more fun for them then, but it allows your photographer to do her job with ease.
4. You Don’t Have to Just Shoot the Ceremony! Ask your photographer about shooting your engagement photos, rehearsal dinner, reception, and even 1-, 2-, and 5-year anniversary sessions! A lot of great images can come from building a relationship with your photographer. She may learn something about you during your engagement photos that can make a cherished shot on your wedding day. And what better way to show your future kids that you were once young and vibrant than with amazing timeline albums.
5. Ditch the digitals. Invest in prints. You want photos that you can cherish time and again, and possibly ones that your offspring can show off as well! The time of the digital era is upon us and let’s be honest. Having a great image to post on social media is great, but what’s the point if social media is shut down in a few years? Or you lose that CD or USB drive? What if your phone crashes and all your photos are lost? Your wedding photographer is the perfect person to design a gorgeous wedding album that you can pull out and remininsce over for years down the line.
6. Let Your Photographer Do What She Does Best. Nix the Pinterest list. It’s great for inspiration, but your photographer wants to capture YOUR inspiration. Let her work her creative magic and shoot all your beautiful elements that you’ve poured your heart and soul into. I mean, you hired her because you love her work, after all. Let her capture all the amazing personality that speaks about you and your spouse the way she knows best, without trying to imitate another photographer’s work. Think about what’s important to you and browse inspiration photos for just that- inspiration.
But more than anything, and this one isn’t on the list because it’s just mandatory- HAVE FUN! Let your photographer help ease your worries by capturing all those memories that helped to make this day possible in the first place. Have I mentioned that Eva is an amazing wedding photographer? Hop over to her website - Click Here - and browse her portfolio, read her blog, and send her an email with any questions you may have! Because after all, your wedding day should be Special… not forgotten.