If you're planning your wedding, you're probably busy worrying about all the details. It's crucial that even the tiniest of details doesn't get overlooked. The wedding photographer is one detail that absolutely can't overlook. After all, it's the wedding photographer who will capture every important moment of your big day. You want to make sure that those moments are captured beautifully. The last thing you want is to be left with photographs that don't tell the whole picture or weren't what you were looking for. It's important to note that your wedding photographer doesn't want that to happen either. Here are four tips that will help your wedding photographer leave you with lasting memories of your big day.
Get to Know Your Photographer Before the Big Day
When it comes to your wedding photographs, it's crucial that you meet the photographer in advance. You don't want your wedding day to be the first day you meet your photographer. That's just asking for problems. Once you've chosen a wedding photographer, arrange for a formal introduction. That meeting will give you the opportunity to ask questions and to make sure that your personalities will mesh. It will also ensure that you and your photographer are on the same page when it comes to desired photos.
Schedule a Practice Run
If you and your spouse-to-be have never sat for a professional photography session — one as big as a wedding-day session — it's a good idea to schedule a practice run. Not only will the practice run give you the opportunity to test your wedding-day makeup and hair, it will also help you and your fiancé get a feel for the way the photo shoot will go on your wedding day.
Limit the Staged Group Photos
You and your fiancé are going to want some group photos on your wedding day. However, you don't want to spend all your time on those staged group photos. Instead, plan for a few important staged photos, including those with the full wedding party and those with the parents of the bride and groom. Beyond that, try to focus on the candid photos throughout the wedding ceremony and reception. The candid photos are the ones that will give you the lasting memories of your wedding day.
Include the Firsts in Your Photo List
Your wedding day is going filled with a lot of firsts: first kiss, first dance, first quiet moment alone, etc. Make sure you include those firsts in your photo list, which is the list of desired photos you'll give to your photographer. If you don't mind the groom seeing the bride before the big moment, include first-look photos in your list too. Those first-look photos can add another depth of emotion to your wedding-day photographs. First-look photos can include those few stolen moments the two of you spend together right before the ceremony begins.