Snippets for the bride
Choosing the right wedding photographer is as important as choosing the right groom. OK - maybe a tiny exaggeration! However getting the right photographer is important, but there are lots of things you can do to ensure that your wedding photos are as good as they can be.
Here are a few unrelated things that may just help!
Your wedding photographer is also your director
Your wedding photographer will be with you from the beginning of your day until the cake is cut. If you work with him to realistically plan your schedule he will keep you on track and maximize your fun - don’t forget he’s probably been to far more weddings that you so he’s got a pretty good idea of timings, things that can go wrong and much more. Your photographer can actually be a great source of information which can help your day along. Believe it or not this is in his best interest. When you’re relaxed then your photographs will look their best - if your photographs look good then so does he!
Pre-Wedding Photo shoot
A pre-wedding photo shoot can improve your wedding pictures more than anything else you might do. It stands to reason, your photographer will be comfortable at his end of the camera but will you be at your end? Any time spent with your photographer in front of the camera will help you become more comfortable being the subject.
Try to get to know the photographer. Have some fun and maybe go a little crazy. Those bride photos you’ve been looking at in the magazines do not happen all by themselves. They are planned and rehearsed in all probability they are set up especially for the magazine. The photo you finally see was almost certainly picked from hundreds of photos. The more time you spend with your photographer, the more likely it is that he will capture the one special moment that only happens once.
Good photography takes time
When you see disaster footage on the local news, victims are always shown looking for their most precious keepsakes - the family photographs. Not their DVD players, stereo systems or best clothes. They are searching for those important memories they are looking to preserve. The formal portraits (and it isn’t a dirty word) are an important historical record and as such you should devote some time to creating them. You will appreciate them more as you pass them on to your children and grandchildren. You should generally allow about a half hour for them and they are best done right after the ceremony. All the important players are there already, assembled and freshly attired. The worst place to try to get these is at the reception where trying to get people off the dance floor or out of the bar does nothing but eat up time. Receptions are for informal and fun photos.
"Head up, a little to the left, shoulders back, stand on one foot, hold your breath, get closer together...hang on, don’t move." Any photographer worth his salt should be able to pose you in an elegant and attractive position. There are reasons for these contortions?
- By lifting your head or looking up a double chin can mysteriously vanish.
- Holding your elbows away from your body makes you look much thinner and accentuates the bosom.
- Shifting your weight to your rear foot places your hips in a position that gives you a sexy curviness.
- Getting closer together always works – you are married by now so it is OK!
There are many other little tricks your photographer may use. Just listen, he is there to help and will not lead you astray.
Something to tell your photographer before the day:
Let your photographer know about your family structure, i.e. divorces, deaths and family feuds!!
A final word
Wedding photography is one of the few things that persist long after your big day is over. Ensure you hire a professional so that the memories are the best they can be, and so that they last for generations to come.
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