The wedding photographer may just be the most important part of your wedding ensemble well, aside from the person who conducts the ceremony. This person is responsible for chronicling your big day and making sure that every memory is captured on film.
Because you want the whole day to go smoothly, being organized is essential. Whether you, someone in your family or a wedding planner is handling the events of the day, here are some tips to make the photo sessions run smoothly:
1. Make a list of all the photos you want. Be specific about who is in them, the location and what time the photos are scheduled for. So, if you want a picture of you with all of your cousins outside under oak tree-write it down! Once you have your detailed list made, go over it again to make sure haven’t left anything or anyone out of the photo shoot.
Then, make sure the wedding photographer gets a copy of the list as well as the planner or a trusted friend. This way, you can make sure the wedding photographer knows what to expect and someone else is there making sure nothing is skipped.
2. Tell people when and where to be for the photo shoot. A list is great as long as you notify everyone on it. Be sure to tell let them know of the times, places and attire for their photo and to be on time. If you have to, tell your chronically late friends and family members to be there earlier than necessary. This is especially important for photos taken before the ceremony so the timing of the actual event isn’t delayed.
3. Make sure that you and the wedding photographer have a clear understanding of what you are getting. If you didn’t discuss black and white photos with him prior to the shoot but have some listed, he may not be prepared.
Also, if you want candid shots, make sure they are included in the price you decided on. Discussing the details of film type, poses, candid, and number of shots ahead of time means that when you get the bill, there won’t be any surprises.
4. Be respectful of the process. Yes, this is your day. But if you’re feeling chaotic, just imagine how the photographer feels trying to reign in all the chaos around him for a photo. Bridesmaids, groomsmen, parents, children, friends, family-everyone milling about, talking, and getting in the way.
The wedding photographer is used to dealing with a lot of people at once, but to make sure you get what you want and keep him happy by being organized. It may even be necessary to politely ask those not in photos to leave the room.
Following the steps above can really ease your mind and make the whole process run smoothly for everybody involved. You can make sure the ceremony starts on time and that everyone gets to the reception before all the food is gone! The wedding photographer is responsible for recording this day so treat him well and you’ll be happy with the results