On the wedding day there is so much happening that much of it becomes a blur. You want to ensure that at least your photographs are going to stand the test of time and be a good reminder of what happened on that day.
These tips are good to consider whether I am going to be photographing your wedding or not.
Always meet up with your photographer face to face before the wedding day. It is so important that you like your photographer and feel comfortable in his or her company. Be aware of the style of photographs that you can expect and ensure that what is on offer is what you are expecting and ultimately are going to have to live with forever.
If you can, schedule the photography when there is good light. This time is traditionally late afternoon going into sunset. The light when the sun is high in the sky casts very heavy shadows on faces and if somebody is wearing a hat, this can make the problem even worse
The family portrait list - discuss with your photographer before the day who you would like to appear in the formal shots. You don’t want to keep your guests waiting for hours trying to co-ordinate who should be in what group as there will always be somebody that isn’t where they shouldn’t be. Better still is getting a good family friend to organise all the people on the day to make everything run as smoothly as possible and enable you to get to your guests sooner. On the day, print out two lists - one for the photographer and one for the person coordinating proceedings.
Have a clear timeline of when everything is happening and try stick to it. You wouldn’t want your photographer to be photographing some friends elsewhere while you are waiting to cut the cake or even missing the first dance!
Let the photographer know if there is a special person, or anything unique that needs to be photographed. It may seem obvious to you, but the photographer could be completely unaware of it.
Ask your photographer if they have back up equipment. Cameras do fail and if there is no back up, there are no photographs.
Most importantly have fun ! Try not sweat the small stuff, relax and take it all in. This makes the photographers job easier and ensures that your photographs are going to be the best that they can be.