Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. The photos you take on your wedding day often represent a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see family and friends gathered in one place, all dressed in their best. Taking perfect wedding photos an essential element of capturing the memories of that special day.
Take Important Photos First
If you want a group photo with your favorite great aunt, all your nieces and nephews, and those out-of-town guests who need to leave right after the reception, make sure you communicate that fact to your photographer. Provide the photographer with a list of four to five must-have photos before the wedding ceremony, so that he or she can gather essential players for these essential photographs before the children mess up their outfits and start getting fussy.
You may also consider taking posed shots of the bride and groom in their wedding clothes even before the ceremony. Although this defies tradition, doing so gives the photographer more time to pose the couple and get the best shot. If you’re absolutely stuck on the tradition, an engagement photo of the bride and groom is a good substitute.
Accommodate the Venue
Are you planning a candlelit wedding ceremony? Have you planned an outdoor reception among trees and abundant flowers? Communicate these circumstances to your photographer, so that he or she can bring along the proper equipment to get the best shots. Lighting is an especially important consideration for your wedding shots. Situate your shots so that no one is standing with glaring sun shining into his or her eyes.
Take advantage of architectural features of your wedding and reception venues in framing your wedding and reception shots. For instance, a stately staircase is an ideal stage for formal photos of your wedding party. A shot of the bride strolling through a flower-decked archway on the arm of her father is another shot not to be missed.
Take Black and White & Color Shots
It’s almost certain that the bulk of your wedding photos will be in living color. However, plan for at least a few black and white photos. Black and white photos lend a certain formality to the occasion that reflects the solemn commitment that a wedding represents. Possibilities for black and white shots include a shot of the happy couple or a posed shot of both families or of the entire wedding party.
Use a Second Camera – or a Second Photographer
No matter how good a photographer is, he or she cannot be in two places at once. Especially for large weddings, hiring a second photographer is well worth the extra expense. One photographer can concentrate on formal photos while the other scouts out candid shots.
If a second photographer is out of the question, at least ask your photographer to bring two camera bodies, each fitted with a different lens. This allows him or her, the flexibility to take close up shots or wide angle poses without needing to stop to change lenses. Another possibility to increase the number of candid shots is to purchase inexpensive single use cameras at each table of your reception venue and invite your guests to take their own shots, leaving the cameras behind.
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Rachel Myers contributed this guest post for Hairfreeplus.com.au. Rachel is a freelance writer and she is studying photography. She enjoys writing for various online lifestyle magazines. Learn more about HairFree on their website.