If you’re planning a wedding, you’ll have heard, “It’ll be over before you know it!” a thousand times. And while this is undeniably true, there’s one way you’ll look back on your wedding for years to come – through your wedding photos.
That’s why ensuring you get the perfect photos is so important. These are the freeze framed memories of your big day that will last a lifetime, so it’s important that you do what you can to get them right.
In this blog post, we’ll walk you through some simple steps you can take to make sure your stills capture your wedding as the dream day that it is.
> Find The Right Photographer
The first place to start with ensuring you get the perfect wedding photos is exactly what you might expect – with the photographer. You can’t get great photos without a skilled professional behind the camera, so finding someone with a great portfolio is key.
That’s because a great photographer doesn’t just point their camera and shoot. They are experts in working in all kinds of lighting, can really bring a backdrop to life and ensure they always capture your best angle!
Studying the portfolios of potential photographers for your big day in great detail can help whittle down the hundreds of options on offer to a few of the best wedding photographers on offer in your area.
Some of the questions you should ask yourself when looking for the perfect photographer for your big day include:
- Do you like the bright, glossy finish the photographer has used
- Do you like staged or candid snaps?
- Do you like the props they have used?
- Do they photograph in a style you like?
Once you’ve found a photographer whose work fits the bill, it’s important to interview them before booking. That way you can tell if this photographer’s personality and working style is one you’ll feel comfortable around on your special day. As silly as this may seem, feeling at ease with your wedding photographer is critical. If you’re not, it might show in your pictures.
> Secure The Right Backdrop
In theory, you and your partner are the centre of your wedding photos, but the backdrop in which they’re taken will undoubtedly play a part in your photos’ overall feel too. For this reason, securing the right location—your wedding venue!—is key to making sure you get the photos of your dreams.
You don’t need us to tell you finding the right wedding venue takes research, and there’s a lot to consider when making your venue choice. However, there are smart ways to do your research, such as using a wedding directory that has a huge bank of venues all in one place. This can help guide you to your perfect location in a fraction of the time spent searching the traditional way.
Having an idea of what you’d like always helps too: a roomy hotel in Ireland? A castle in Wales? Seeking out directories with a category you’re interested in can save you a considerable amount of time, stress and effort.
Found a venue you’re interested in? Look at the wedding pictures they have on their website. Do they embody the right aesthetic you’d like for your own photos? If the answer is yes, it’s time to get to booking!
> Make a List of The Photos you Want
On your wedding day, you’ll be flooded with emotions, family members and the desire to dance, so the last thing you want to stress about is whether your wedding photographer is doing a good job or not. To remedy these worries and ensure your photographer captures all the most important moments of your big day, it’s a good idea to give your photographer a list of must-have pictures and an itinerary for your wedding day ahead of time so you can ensure nothing gets missed.
Furthermore, ask your photographer if they’ve ever worked at your venue before and if not, would they be open to going for a visit? This will help them get an idea of hidden photo spots or the perfect place for a sunset snap, so no time is wasted on your wedding day hunting for a romantic backdrop.
What makes a beautiful wedding photo for you? Let us know in the comments below!