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Essential wedding photography tips you need to know

Inspiration - 05.09.16

Most of your wedding day will be temporary – the flowers, the music, the cake – but the photographs will live on forever, offering wonderful memories of the day, long into the future. For this reason, a good deal of thought should be put into making sure your wedding photos are nothing short of being perfect.

Do your research

Finding the right photographer for your wedding takes time. Start by looking through some real weddings on local wedding blogs to get an idea of the style of photography you might like for your day. At this stage, it’s important to think about your venue and the time of year you’re getting hitched – there’s not much point in flicking through tropical beach weddings, if you’re having a traditional English country wedding in winter.

Make a shortlist, and head over to each photographer’s website to check out more of their work. Bear in mind that a photographer will use their website to showcase their very best photos, so if you see something you like, then ask to see a few full wedding galleries to build up a complete picture of the end result. Have a good scroll through their social media pages, read through any reviews and feedback from their previous clients.

Have an engagement photoshoot

An engagement shoot is the ideal opportunity to get to know your photographer a little better, to make sure you are absolutely comfortable around them – think of it like a trial run for the big day. Practice different stances, both posed and candid, and feedback to the photographer on what you do and do not like. You could even use a photo from the engagement shoot to form part of your invitation or save-the-date card.

Plan ahead

It’s reasonable to put together a must-have shot list for the moments that you absolutely want to capture – just don’t go overboard. A professional wedding photographer will know all the classic key moments, so put your trust into them. Simply jot down the name combinations of the guests you’d like to feature in group shots, and on the day, have a bridesmaid or close friend to help rally everyone up. Be sure to introduce the photographer to key guests, and tell them about all the wow-factor elements of the day, to make sure nothing is missed.

Good lighting is crucial if you want good photos so it’s vital to think about the timings of your wedding when planning the photography, the best outdoor shots are about an hour before the sun sets, if you’re having a winter wedding, that could be as early as 3pm! In this case, you’ll probably want to have your ceremony quite early, to make sure there’s plenty of time to capture those ‘just married shots’. The more time the photographer has to play with, the better the final results will be, so allow more than you think you’ll need, and let them get creative.

Choose a reputable photographer

If you can find a photographer who has experience at your wedding venue, then that’s a bonus – they will know exactly where to go to capture those frame-worthy snapshots. Speak to your venue about their preferred or recommended suppliers. If you’d like more inspiration and ideas, check out our Pinterest board.

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