Tips on NOT ruining your Wedding Day Photography
This blog is simply fun. Its 12:25 am, I can't sleep and we're 25 minutes into #WeddingWednesday. Over the past couple of weeks I've had a couple of [ex] potential brides contact me, stating the 'I wish I used you' talk. Honestly it's very flattering until you realized I missed out on almost 6k, if not more. I believe a lot of the ladies didn't have a real budget and decided to go cheap and...well...it back fired. On your wedding day, it's a couple of things that you absolutely can't go cheap on, food, drinks, etc and PHOTOGRAPHY, is one of em...I mean how else are you gonna remember the biggest day of your life. Guess what's worst than bad wedding day photography --> BAD PEOPLE IN FRONT OF THE LENS. No I'm not talking attractiveness...but sometimes wedding photography is ruin by the participants. So I've complied a list of ways you, the bride and groom can assist your photographer in creating the best product for the BIGGEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE!! ENJOY!!
10. Hire a MUA & Hair Stylist: This is by far the most important thing, hence why I'm posting it first. Hair & Makeup is NOT an option. Tell your sister, cousin, aunt, to sit this one out and hire a professional Hair and MUA. Yes I've been to weddings and ladies, shoot even MEN, did not have their hair done! Pictures = UGGGGGLLLYYY! Be proactive, tell your man to go to the barber.
9: Have a Timeline: As the BIG DAY approaches, you and your future spouse should have a timeline on how the day will go. Share it will your photographer. Maybe he has crazy ideas for "Post Ceremony" pictures but, per the timeline you haven't shared, he has only 17 minutes to shoot. Sounds like conflict.
8: Bad Ink? COVER IT!: I can't stress enough how I hate BAD TATTOOS. I hate bad artist even more, but bad tattoo ink needs to be covered. Nothing is worst than your best friend, who decided to get a regretful tattoo, covering her back, at the age of 18 ruining your pictures. Tell her sorry, her dress is going to be ugly, because everything will be covered OR hand her a shaw.
7: Kids: Your kids are great!! -forceful smile- lol No seriously, everyone loves kids, but honestly they don't usually mesh well with wedding photography. Either do their pictures first OR just tell your fiancee you guys have to live without pictures of the little ones. However they do do well in the group 'fun' pictures. But the serious, formal pictures, they had trouble standing still, paying attention and listening...but I mean they're 6. I was worse at their age!
6: Get to Know Your Photographer: I've fallen victim to this rule. One time I was granted the opportunity [long story] to get to know the Bride and it was the WORST wedding I've done! Maybe one day I will share, probably not lol. Feel free to talk to your photographer, have more than one consultation, dinner etc. I tend to email, follow my clients on social media and have coffee once in a while. By doing this I learn more about them, what they like, dislike and what to expect from them!
5: "Don't Worry About It' will come back to haunt YOU [and Me]: I've heard this, once to many times. Your day is going to be stressful, long, emotional and exhausting, but it will be all worth it. Don't fall victim of "settling" in the final moments. When you receive your photos, books, USBs etc, you're gonna ask "Where is the photo of [insert fading memory]" and then your gonna realize, you brush that moment off.
4: Limit the Drinking/"Extra Activities": Every wedding, everybody in the wedding party is nervous, so naturally people drink. The problem comes in when the tequila bottle is halfway empty and he/she is nearly drunk before the wedding begins. Just have a responsible friend near. Also I don't judge but "red eyes" don't do well in photos either.
3: Time! Time! Time!: I don't even know why I'm mentioning this. No wedding starts on time! 75% try but I've maybe been to one that succeeded. Do yourself a favor, TRY lol. Remember you start paying the photography by the time stated in the contract, which is usually when he arrives.
2: Compile a Shot List: No photography is a mind reader. He/She doesn't know what shots you want so its a great idea to compile a shot list to assist them. The list is an aid. I don't know the lady your hugging is your favorite childhood friend who you haven't seen in 15 years so it may not be on my radar to snap that picture.