Even if the wedding has been planned out in great detail, most couples are pretty uncertain as to how their wedding photographs will ultimately look. This tentativeness is not unusual because for most couples this will be the very first time that they would have perhaps worked with a professional photographer, and they do not want to spoil the memories of the most important day of their lives. Some simple tips for couples to get great-looking wedding photographs:
Engage the Best-Possible Photographer
Professional wedding photographers can be quite expensive and it may be difficult to accommodate them into your already-strained wedding budget. The best thing to do is to ask your friends and relatives who have tied the knot recently or have had weddings in their families to recommend a photographer. You can get to know of their quality by taking a look at the photos they have shot for your friends or relatives. You will also be able to get some idea of what these photographers cost. It is not essential that the most expensive photographer will be the best; there are some pretty decent ones in the market who are still climbing up the rungs that can do the job very well.
The Internet is also a great place to start your search; visit as many wedding photographer sites as well as blogs to see for yourself the quality. If you really like someone go ahead and discuss your requirements, and find out if the pricing suits you. Unless you are really in a fix, it is best not to try your luck out with an amateur or a newbie – it is, after all, the most important day of your life and you’ll surely want to cherish the photographs for a lifetime.
Have Trial Shoot at the Engagement Ceremony
It is all very well to ask the photographer to show his portfolio or even entire albums of his recent work to gauge his photographic skill. However, you can never be too sure what his performance is really going to be on the big day. If an engagement photo shoot is offered by the photographer, then by all means grab it as then not only will you be able to know the competence of the photographer, but also become familiar with the photographer and strike up a rapport that will come in very useful on the day of the wedding.
Trust the Photographer
While all wedding reception photographers will want to know the schedule of the program as well as the important family members and guests, it can be exceedingly irritating for them to be handed over a detailed list of photographs that are wanted. You really need to trust your photographer, after all, he has been engaged because he is a professional, and his experience of covering weddings will serve him well in delivering photographs that are natural, creative, and contextual. Of course, if there are a few things that you want him to focus on, be sure to explain to him their significance, and let him do his job.
Consider the Light and the Environment
Most couples tend to ignore the impact of the environment and the lighting conditions on the photographs. Sure, a professional photographer can to a certain degree adjust for light, but unless you give him a fighting chance, then the photographs too could be low on impact. For example, if it is a winter wedding, remember the light will start fading fast from the afternoon, so be sure to schedule your ceremony early so that the natural light can still assist the photographer, especially for the outdoor group shots, and portraits of the couple.
It is a good idea to pay a little thought regarding the quality of photographs when selecting the venue of the wedding. If the interiors are dark, and the windows tiny, then all the shots will have to be taken with artificial lighting that can spoil much of the dreamy romantic ambiance the photographs should ideally be imbued with.