Five Common Wedding Photography Mistakes for Couples to Avoid
I’ve been to a lot of weddings. Right now it’s around 150. I have seen it all really. I’ve been a part of weddings that were like a dream and the bride and groom were just floating along in it. I’ve been to some that were a nightmare. No matter how hard they tried things just kept going wrong.
Often the photographer plays the role of the wedding planner. Look for a wedding photographer that knows when to hop in and direct to keep things going smoothly, but also know when to back off and let the day unfold. While the photographer can’t control everything they can definitely control the photography.
I want you to have the best wedding you can imagine! I’m talking about the wedding of your dreams! I’m going to give you five quick tips to make sure that the photography goes off without a hitch.
- Let go. You could also call this one “Have Fun.” Sometimes things don’t go as you planned them. A good photographer will be able to roll with the punches. They will be able to work with rain or short schedule or whatever may come their way. A good photographer will see the challenges as opportunities to be creative.
- Plan enough time for photos. This is a tricky one. You want to get great shots that you will treasure for your lifetime, but you don’t want your guests to hate you because they had to wait forever. Generally, for us we have noticed that the more time we have the better the photos are. The photographer you hire should be able to capture everything in just a few short minutes. Ideally though you will plan at least an hour for both group shots and portraits combined. An hour and a half is better.
- Like your photographer. This one goes without saying. Don’t let dollar signs get in your eyes. If you have a photographer that’s an asshole it could ruin your whole day. You have to spend the whole day with them. Do you really want that asshole telling you what to do?
- Don’t skip your engagement shoot. The engagement shoot is great for a lot reasons. One reason is because it gives you a chance to get to used to your photographer doing what they do. You can get used to the giant camera in your face. On your wedding day the ice is broken.
- Don’t just hire your cousin with the good camera. It’s tempting because they have that nice camera. A wedding moves swift. Are they equipped to navigate the day? Do they have thousands of hours of photo editing experience? Do they have professional back up equipment, monitors with screen calibration, storage of hundreds of weddings including their first one over ten years ago? These are just a few of the important questions you should consider before you you don’t hire a professional.
These are just a few tips that will help you make your day go more smoothly. No matter what. Do what is best for you.