You want to remember how much FUN your wedding will be. Not how awkward you felt taking pictures. Right?
The moments like the awe in his eyes as you walk down the aisle… Your parents holding back tears as they stumble through their speech about how proud they are of you… The wicked moves your crazy cousin pulls out on the dance floor, driving the crowd wild… and just who you truly are as a couple!
You deserve to re-live these memories for years to come. Every time you look at your wedding photos, you should instantly transport back to the feeling of that moment.
If this sounds like what you’re looking for, then this blog was written just for you.
1. Personal Connection w/ Your Photographer
There’s no negotiating this. You MUST feel like you click with your wedding photographer. Out of all the vendors (and maybe everyone) at your wedding, your photographer will be the one who’s following you around and closest to you throughout the day. Feeling comfortable with them is just the prerequisite. If you feel like they can hang, have fun with you, and be a positive influence on your big day, then that will help bring out more natural and genuine feels in your photographs.
2. Experiential Portraiture – Interaction and Reaction
There is a time and place for staged portraits. BUT – that doesn’t mean they all have to be cheesy and stiff! One of my biggest secrets I use is what I call “Experiential Portraiture.” Basically, this means that instead of focusing on the camera pointed at you, focus on interacting with each other. Make each other laugh! Get your man to crack up at something silly you’re joking about. Most importantly, just have fun together. This way, your photographer can capture those little in-between moments when you two are genuinely laughing and interacting with each other.
3. Communicate with your photographer
If there are specific things or moments on your wedding day that are most important to you, let your photographer know! Do you have a preferred side to been seen on? What do you want us to focus on? By knowing what’s important to you, your photographer should be able to pivot and focus on those parts. If you value more time with your bridal party photos than just the two of you for couples portraits, then that’s where our focus should be.
4. Photographer Style
Not all wedding photographers shoot the same. There are a range of styles from editorial, fashion, fine-art, and documentary/photo-journalistic. Many photographers may even take a hybrid approach, mixing different styles. And none are “better” than another… but if you want a natural, authentic style of photography then make sure to pick a photographer who can shoot with a documentary or photo-journalistic style.
5. Trust Your Photographer
My last bit of advice here, is just trust your photographer. You’re going to invest a lot in a professional to document your wedding day, so it’s important you can put your full trust into them and their experience. And that goes for more than just posing/prompting and setting up a scene to shoot. Any well-seasoned wedding photographer has experience running through the entire day alongside brides and grooms. We are IN IT. We have experienced what it’s like in your shoes, and how the flow of the day goes. The better you trust your photographer, the less you have to worry about and the more you can ENJOY your wedding – which will show in your photographs.
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