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Important Tips For The Perfect Wedding Photography

wedding photographs on canvasMuch of your wedding day will be fleeting—the music, the flowers and the cake—but photographs will live on. You owe it, not just to yourself but to your future children and grandchildren to do everything you can to make them wonderful.

Do Your Homework

Start your search well about a year before your wedding date. Ask recent married couples for their wedding photos and browse through review websites and blogs. Look at a highlight of galleries of wedding shots from each photographer to get a basic sense of their style and quality. Ask to see clips from multiple weddings to ascertain their quality.

Think Critically

While reviewing photos, consider the key moments that you want to capture at your wedding. Did this photographer capture any amazing shots which you’d also want? Look for reflective compositions and that people and images are in focus. And make sure that the people look relaxed, not spooked by the camera.

Set Up An Appointment

Looks alone are not sufficient enough to vet a photographer. Once you’ve created a shortlist of the photographers you like and determined that they are within your budget range and available for your date—setup an appointment or video chat meeting. You should be comfortable with the person as they’ll be responsible for showing every move on your wedding day as well as interacting with your guests.

Compare Different Packages

Find out what is included in the standard packages, and other additional costs. Ask about how many hours of shooting will be included. Most packages include at least 8 hours of photography, right from the start of the morning with the bride to the last dance at the wedding. It will be important to pay for extra coverage in case you’ll overrun the time limit, especially if you have a big finale exit planned. Additional time is normally charged at higher rates. Some photographers offer deals on multiple photos or even framed canvas print packages. Be sure to ask them if there are any offers on like 3 for 2 on wedding photographs on canvas  or spend so much money and get a free bottle of champagne.

Confirm Your Photographers

Most large photographic studios have more than a single photographer, and depending on the contract, the lead shooter may not be available to shot on your day. Since each professional photographer has their technique, personality and style, you have to make sure that photographer you interviewed will be the one available to work on your wedding day. Also, most top of the range professionals come with a second photographer in their packages. In this way, one can shoot the formal photos while the other captures the cocktail hour. You will also get to see more unique angles of special moments, like cutting the cake or your first kiss as a married couple.

Check for References

Reading online reviews is a great way of ascertaining the level of experience and expertise of a photographer. But once you’re ready to employ one, ask for their portfolio and speak to previous clients. Ask the couple whether the photographer managed to capture key photographs and if they were happy with the shots and overall service. Feel free to ask any questions you may have to the photographer as you cannot get this day back or the special moments that will occur during the day.

Wedding Photography Mistakes for Photographers

wedding photography mistakes

Your wedding photos are some of the most important photos you’ll ever take. These memories will be displayed in your home for years and be passed down to your children and grandchildren. Because wedding photos are so special, you need to make sure that your wedding clients are happy with every shot you take. In order to provide them with the best photos as possible, it’s best to avoid a few common wedding photography mistakes. These mistakes can harm you and the client in the end!

  1. Not finalizing the wedding poses before the big day

When you’re shooting a wedding, it’s best to have a plan for everything. This includes the type of poses they’d like for their photos. Not having the poses finalized can lead to mistakes, awful photos and wasted time as you try to set everyone up. Wedding poses shouldn’t just come up as you feel in the moment and should be agreed ahead of time to avoid disagreement and conflicts. Before the shoot, have several meetings. This way you can go over the types of poses they’d like for their photos. Have a checklist and take it with you to the wedding so that everyone knows what sort of poses will be done.


  1. Not signing a contract

Never shoot a wedding (or any other gig) without having a signed wedding photography contract. Not having one can end up in lots of problems. The contract should include everything from the duration you’ll be shooting to how many photos they’ll receive. Both parties need to sign it and there should clearly be statements on what will happen if the contract is broken.


  1. Not having an assistant the day of the wedding

Weddings are a lot of work for a photographer, so you’ll need to have an assistant. If you go alone, you’ll run into problems you won’t be able to solve on your own. It’s best to have an assistant help with the day in case anything happens. Your assistant can not only help you with photos, but also act like a sort of wedding coordinator. A coordinator helps arrange family and friends in photos and makes coordination between the couple and photographer a lot easier.


  1. Not having enough memory cards

Always show up to a wedding with extra memory cards. The last thing you want to do is run out of memory and not be able to shoot anything. This is unprofessional on your part and devastating for your clients. They paid for your time and services and expect you to capture every moment of their wonderful day.


  1. Missing their special firsts

Weddings are days of unions and firsts. You don’t want to miss out on any of their firsts since couples want these special moments captured. Firsts include the first kiss, first dance, and more. Make a list of firsts and then make sure you are present at each of them. See if you can get an estimated timeline for when these firsts occur.


  1. Not knowing the wedding guests

In order to ensure that you capture all the important wedding guests, ask the couple, who’d the like to focus on. This way you’ll make sure to get shots of those they love and want photos of. Ask for photos of who these guests are so that you know to shoot them the day of the wedding.


  1. Losing your patience

Weddings are long days for everyone involved. As a professional, you should never lose your patience no matter how stressful things get. Keep your cool and be patient with every situation that arises. Just focus on your work and continue shooting.


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