This Post is For my Friends Looking for a Wedding Photographer.
You’re probably on the hunt to find the best person to document your wedding day, but I’d love to take a minute and let you know how to make your experience better. Generally speaking, wedding photographers are in the business of love. There’s something unparalleled and appealing about documenting the union of two amazing people, and it’s an honor photographers don’t take lightly.
To enhance your experience and ensure wedding planning goes smoothly, here are a few tips to ensure your wedding photographer has everything he needs to capture your special day.
1. A Little Research Goes a Long Way
In the hustle and bustle of wedding planning, resist the temptation to simply book the photographer your cousin used at her wedding or choosing from preferred vendors from a generic list. While easy, you run the risk of hiring a person whose style might not be what you want. Take the time to find a photographer who not just fits in your budget, but also embodies your aesthetic vision.
2. Communicate, Don’t Procrastinate
Take the time to drop your wedding photographer an email outlining the progress of events before the timeline is finalized. Sharing special details, decor designs and asking for feedback regarding the layout of the day is worth its weight in gold. Don’t hesitate to be proactive with your questions to ensure everyone is on the same page.
3. The Timeline : The Earlier, The Better
If a photographer gets the timeline a few days before wedding, it can lead to frustration on both sides. Feel free to ask your photographer how long s/he will need for photos and together you can draft a timeline that balances the portraits and the partying. As soon as a rough draft is composed (usually 4-5 weeks in advance for coordinators, caterers, and the venue), send it to the photographer for feedback and valuable insight.
4. The Most Valuable Asset is TRUST
The key is to trust that your wedding photographer will document your wedding day in the most flattering way. Sure you might have seen this pose or that angle, but give your wedding photographer the freedom to create unique moments of your day. The more you release the idea of predetermined photographs, the more your photos look and feel entirely your own.
5. Let It Go
It’s important to realize that things will go wrong on a wedding day. They always do. The Baraat is late, the flower guy messed up, the best friend got stuck in traffic. You can choose to let these things ruin your day (and your photos…brides who are angry look angry in their photographs, even if they’re trying to smile), or you can choose to believe the wedding will ultimately end well. Because wedding days always do if you let them.
Anyways it is one of the most important days of your life. So don’t forget to have fun.