Couples getting ready to tie the knot have a lot on their hands. The time is exciting, nerve-racking and enchanting. A staple of any good wedding is the ability to preserve its memory with picture-perfect photographs. It’s an important part of the ceremony and the best way to remember the magical time between loved ones. These ten tips will make sure you’re satisfied with your photos and have you saying “I do”.
1. Select a quality photographer
This sounds like common sense, but there are many aspects of this decision. How do you know who’s good and who’s not? What’s the right price? It’s best to do a lot of research. Wedding blogs are a great place to look. Also look through of real weddings. Most photographers will have a website, so browse it and get a feel for the work. Pricing depends on many factors like location, experience and coverage. Experts suggest to never spend below $1000.
2. Schedule an engagement shoot
Some photographers will offer an engagement shoot as part of their package. This can be a great way to practice some poses for the camera and also get to know your photographer before the big day. During this time, you can discuss your preferences and maybe get some candid you could display at home or at your wedding.
3. Trust your photographer
Handing your photographer a giant list of demands can be stressful on their end. Trust your photographer. They’ve been doing this for a lot longer than you have and will have a good sense on what shots to get it. If you have planned something particular, obviously a little input would be helpful. But don’t try to take over. Allow your photographer to do what they do and be creative. You’ll enjoy the results.
4. Lighting is important
Some couples forget this aspect of photography. Be aware of the light changes throughout the day and how those different lights will affect photographs. For example, if you’re having a winter wedding, remember that it gets dark out early. Try to get your shots at the best time of day. Also take into account different venues. Is the ballroom dark? Are there a lot of windows in the reception area? Always be keen to your surroundings for the best results.
5. Know the Ceremony
The ceremony is undoubtedly the biggest part of the wedding and the time to get the most important shots. It flies by and you’ll likely not remember entire thing, so the photos are important to document this part of the wedding. Make sure your photographer is allowed into the church, so last-minute plans are not interrupted. It’s also a good idea to ask your guests to refrain from taking pictures with flash.
6. Select a makeup artist
You want to look your best for your wedding photographs and a professional makeup artist can help you achieve that. If you’ve never had your make up done by a professional, you will be surprised at what a difference it can make. Also make sure you have powder and lipstick nearby in case you need a touch up. However if there are some blemishes, they can usually be edited out of the photograph for an extra fee.
7. Get creative
Don’t be afraid to think outside-of-the-box. Your photographer is there for creativity and open ideas. The unexpected photographs are often the best ones. Set aside some fun time for this part of the day.
8. Timing is everything
The more time your photographer has, the better. Group shots are notorious for taking up a lot of time. Having to round up many people and make sure that the photograph is correctly done can eat up a large portion of the clock, so delegate this task to a bridesmaid to assist in the process.
9. Feed your photographer
Photographers are people too. When working for eight hours straight, they will often appreciate the invitation to join for dinner or have a drink. The wedding staff are often fed last but if you ask them to eat at the same time as the group, this will ensure your photographer is ready to participate directly after the meal.
10. Have fun with it
Your wedding day can be a hectic day, but try to relax and have as much fun as you can. You don’t want to look back and remember being stressed out and worrying about every last detail. Go with the flow, trust your instincts and do the best you can to make memories that will last a lifetime.
- nicole G.
I cannot imagine our special day without her. From the moment I inquired back in August of 2020, to our wedding day October 2021, Kate was with us every step of the way. She was amazing at communicating, answering my (many) questions, and making us feel so comfortable in front of the camera! Throughout this process, she\ became a great friend as well. On our wedding day, she made sure we stayed on track with timing, and made it a priority to ensure my husband and I were taken care of. Her positive energy, flexibility, and expertise made the day so much fun and so memorable. Kate perfectly captured our love--her photographs are of the highest quality and have unique touches that represent each of her clients. We are so very thankful that we had Kate be apart of our wedding day. She went above and beyond to make our day everything and more!
" The best decision I made was having Kate as our wedding photographer!"
- Ryan C.
We were so lucky to have Katelynn as our photographer! She was truly amazing to work with! We found Katelynn through a friend who had previously booked her for her wedding. Wedding photos were really important to me and I wanted memories that we could cherish for the rest of our lives. After seeing her work, we knew that we wanted her to capture our wedding day! She made coordinating locations and poses stress free. We had a large bridal party and were a little worried about pictures being chaotic, but Katelynn was so patient with everyone and made it look like a breeze! Her kindness radiated all day and our families could not say enough good things about her. She was so great at making us feel comfortable and at ease in front of the camera! She also made my sunset and veil photo dreams come true with her amazing photography skills! We are so in love with every picture that she took! She captured the best memories for us and we can’t recommend her enough!
"We were so lucky to have Katelynn as our photographer!"
- Helen F.
I truly don't have enough words to express all the amazing things Katelynn has done for us during our wedding journey. If you are thinking about booking - do it now because it is so worth the investment! Katelynn gets booked up fast for a reason. :)
Not only was Katelynn super informative about making crucial wedding decisions, but she did everything she could to make us truly feel special. She was flexible, patient, honest, and most of all kind. My husband and I love our engagements pictures and all of the incredible pictures she captured at our wedding. She thinks about every little detail in each shot. We now have these amazing memories that will last with us for the rest of our lives. She has a passion for what she does and will help make your wedding journey so memorable and special.
"If you are thinking about booking - do it now because it is so worth the investment! Katelynn gets booked up fast for a reason. "