When it comes to wedding photography, I feel like a lot of Brides have a hard time figuring out where to begin. There is a lot to consider when it comes to documenting your big day. Here are some helpful tips to consider when Choosing a “Good Fit” for Your Wedding Photographer and tips to Look Your Best on Your Wedding Day.
Should you have partial or full coverage? What style of photography are you looking for? Do you want just the images from your special day or a wedding album as well?
Our job as photographers is to first off answer all of the questions that you may have and then make everything from our end as easy as possible for you to understand and make decisions on.
To help you get started, I came up with a list of a few things to help you with “Choosing a “good fit” for your wedding photographer”.
I have also put together a list of a few things to help you “Look your best on your wedding day”. Many brides ask me about hair and make-up advice for their big day (as every bride wants to look their best in the photos)…so here you go! I hope that this helps take a little of the stress out of your decision making! Feel free to get in touch if you have any specific questions. I’m here to help. Contact Me
Choosing a “Good Fit” for a Wedding Photographer
I suggest meeting with your photographer three times. Once, as an initial meeting to view their work. This will give you a good idea of who they are and how they work as well as what they offer, pricing/packages and answer any other questions that you may have. You will be able to tell right away if you “mesh” with this person and will be comfortable working and communicating with them. A good photographer should be helpful, flexible and able to connect with people.
Look at the photographer’s style and approach and see if it matches with your vision of how you would like your wedding photos to look.
The second meeting should be an engagement shoot. This way both of you get more familiar with one another. As a Bride and Groom on your wedding day, you will be more relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera. Your photographer will also know and be able to tune in to your personalities better by this time and should be able to capture that in their work.
Lastly, a pre-planning meeting is important as your big day approaches. An experienced photographer should be able to advise you with the details and timing of your day to assure the flow of the day is smooth.
The goal is to switch from the planning mode to the enjoyment mode. This final meeting will help you awake on your wedding day and savor each moment, knowing you communicated all the important details to your trusted professionals.
Do not compromise when it comes to your wedding photography. Hire a good photographer. You work so hard, spend so much time and money to make your wedding look and feel exactly the way you want it, and it will be over in a few hours.
After the toasts are made, dances are danced and the cake is cut…the tables cleared and all you have left to remember your special day is by the photos and that were taken during it. There are no do overs!
Photographers Tips to Look your best on Your Wedding Day
Try to take some time off to rest the day before and get as much sleep as you can the night before. I know that this is easier said than done, as there are rehearsal dinners and something unexpected always pops up not to mention the nervousness and excitement! But try to get as much rest as possible! It is going to be a long day and night!
Hair & Make-up….I have a lot of brides ask me about this. In the end I always tell them to do what they like and what will make them feel the most beautiful on their wedding day. Here are a few suggestions that I do have though: I highly suggest getting your make-up professionally done. This way you ,or a friend of yours, isn’t stressing out about making your make-up perfect. Also, professionals will know the best way to hide any blemishes and give you the best overall even skin tone. PLEASE do not have your make-up done a tone lighter than your normal color. I have had to many brides make this mistake. Your face will look a lot lighter than everything else, and no one wants that!
Now hair….I suggest styling your hair in a way that looks timeless. There are some fun trends for hair but lets face it, the “Snooky” bump is not going to be in style in 5 years from now! Your pictures last a lifetime…so think timeless! There are a million amazing styles to pick from! The only other suggestion on hair that I have is this…if you are having an outdoor wedding in the middle of summer, I highly suggest considering wearing your hair up. It is going to be a long day and a lot of wedding dresses are heavier than most dresses you are used to wearing and they usually do not breath as well either.
Brides, 100% get a manicure! Grooms, please cut your nails and clean them up as much as possible. Many bride and grooms do not realize how much their hands are in photos, a lot. So, make sure that your nails look nice and that way the photos will look just as great as all of the others!
Lastly, relax and have fun! As photographers, we are there to capture the spirit, emotion and joy of the most important day of your life. That is best done simply while you are having a fantastic time with the love of your life, family and friends.
I hope that this advise helps you in your decision process.