As we talk more and more about ceremony planning important details come up that intimately affect special vendors including your Officiant, Musicians and of course, the ever so important PHOTOGRAPHER. There are many great photos you’re going to want to capture on the Big Day but probably none so much as important as those of the ceremony. After all, that is why everyone is here this day! You want your photography to reflect you joys, emotion, and love when you look back through your album… since sadly, it will probably be a blur when you try to remember it.
Hiring your photographer is a big and important decision. You all should be able to work together as a team. Today on the blog I have special guest author Ann Hughes of Ann Hughes Photography sharing some professional insights into your wedding day and the photography. You can find more from Ann and her work at her by following her BLOG.
10 Tips on Wedding Photography from Ann Hughes
As a photographer, I have three main goals for your wedding images:
- To photograph your day as beautifully and honestly as I can.
- To be as professional as possible – leading up to, on the day of,
and after your wedding.
- To blend in and be as unobtrusive as possible.
I’m sure that you want all of these things too!! That said, there are some things that you can do as the bride and groom (or as someone helping to plan a wedding) that will help the photography aspect go a bit smoother. I have put together a list of 10 of my personal recommendations for how to help your wedding photography be as picture-perfect as possible.
1: Photography Package
Prior to booking, ask your photographer EXACTLY what you will get, both on the day of and after your wedding. There are a ton of “Questions to ask your photographer” lists out there. One of the most important items to ask is what EXACTLY the photographer is going to provide for you. I have heard horror stories about photographers delivering only low-resolution, watermarked files, or getting the images to the bride and groom more than a year after the wedding day – without explanation of WHY it was taking so long. Make sure that what the photographer is offering as part of your wedding package suits your needs. And make sure that their contract spells out the deliverables. If it doesn’t, ask them to include the details. A professional photographer will absolutely be happy to outline exactly what you are getting for your money.
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Provide your photographer with your wedding day timeline, including any timelines provided to you by other vendors. You will likely create a timeline for your day that includes when various vendors will arrive, when your makeup will be applied and when your hair will be styled, when the flowers will arrive, when group photos will take place, what time the ceremony will be… etc. There are a lot of details to consider! But your DJ or Emcee may also provide you with a timeline that is specific to their job (think toasts, cake cutting announcement, etc.). If you get a timeline from other vendors, this can often be helpful for your photographer so that they don’t miss key moments!
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3: Timeline Input
4: A Point Person
5: Family Dynamics
Fill your photographer in on unusual family dynamics. This one won’t apply to everyone – but it can be really helpful information to have. For example, if your mom and dad are divorced and really, really don’t get along, your photographer could avoid asking for “mom and dad to join in the photo.”
6: Consider angles.
7: Ceremony Length
Consider the length, content, and flow of your ceremony. The ceremony is really the core of your wedding day. After all, this is when you will profess your undying love for your betrothed. This usually is – and should be! – the most intimate and personal element of your day. So of course, the ceremony should fit the personality of the bride and groom. That said, I have been to some ceremonies that are long, but because there are readings or otherwise have guest interaction, there are lots of interesting moments to capture photography-wise. I have also been to ceremonies that are extremely short, and where there is very little to no warning (via the words being spoken by the bride/groom/officiant that the ceremony is coming to a close, and I have had to scramble to get in location for “the kiss” or the recessional. This will also vary depending on whether or not you are having a ceremony that fits into specific religious guidelines.
Offer your photographer a meal, and allow them time to consume it. Often, your photographer’s day starts at least as early as your day does. And he or she will be likely (hopefully!) be very busy and work up quite a thirst and appetite. Most photographers will bring their own drink and/or snack to get them through the day, and will bring themselves something to eat during the reception as well. Some photographers (myself included) will ask that you provide them with a meal, and a chance to eat the meal, during the reception.
Having a 20-30 minute “gap” in your program where nothing is happening (no speeches, announcements, dances, etc.) will usually provide plenty of time for this to happen. If you don’t want to spring for a plated dinner for your photographer (or other vendors), ask your caterer or venue if they offer vendor meals.
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Thank you very much, Ann, for your insights! Ann is a featured vendor for photography and if you have something to say you can be featured too! Simply send me an email to [email protected] and I’d love to talk about guest author spot with you!
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