Good photographers can create beautiful images under almost any circumstance. However there are a few things you as the bride or groom can do while planning your wedding to help us get the best possible images your special day.
1. Allow plenty of time for group portraits and — more importantly — portraits of the two of you alone. We recommend setting aside *at least* 2 hours for your portraits. Ideally, 1 hour will be spent on family and wedding party formals, leaving the other hour for wandering around getting stunning images of the two of you by yourselves.
2. If your wedding is later in the day, consider seeing each other before the ceremony. Late afternoon is by far the best time for portraits, when the light is all pretty and glowy and the sun isn’t harsh. If you’re having a sunset ceremony and wait until after to take portraits, you’ll risk losing all the nice light. Besides, arranging for some “first look” photos can be super romantic.
3. It won’t rain on your wedding day, but if it does, embrace it! Rain and clouds can make for wonderfully dramatic images.
4. Let me know about any restrictions your church has as far as the use of flash, movement of photographers during the ceremony, etc. Everything can be worked around, but the more notice you give me the better.
5. Be willing to get creative during your portrait session. You’ve hired your photographer for their particular vision, so if they have an idea, try it! Some of my clients’ favorite photographs have resulted from my wildest ideas.
6. When choosing what block of time to have your photographer present on your wedding day, opt for more time at the beginning of the day rather than at the end. Photos from the end of receptions tend to be very repetitive (there are only so many shots of guests dancing that you’ll want included in your album), but the beginning of the day — when the anticipation and excitement is filling the air — is always bursting with good photo opportunities.
7. Don’t let your nerves freeze your face. A smiling couple is a gorgeous couple.
8. If you’re having an outdoor ceremony where there’s no shade, avoid scheduling it for a time of day when the sun will be directly overhead (high noon). Bright, direct sunlight makes for harsh, unflattering photos.
9. Most of all, just enjoy your day in the spotlight. Even if you don’t normally like having your picture taken, soak it up on your wedding day. You won’t regret it.