Having the perfect wedding photo album is just as important as finding an ideal wedding dress, and significantly more complicated to achieve. There are so many things to decide and arrange to make it all work; from choosing a photographer and a photography style, to finding an inspiration and learning to relax in front of the camera. The only true way to face with all of those daunting tasks is to be well-informed and prepared for all what awaits. We will save you the trouble of sliding through dozens of different articles about wedding photography and provide you all the necessary tips at a single place.
Before you even meet the photographer and decide about what you truly want, you should have a clear picture of the overall theme you are aiming for. There are many corners to search for your inspiration, and first of them can be your parents’ wedding. Recreating similar images would be a romantic and emotional thing to do. The mutual relationship between you and your partner or some intimate thing can serve as an inspiration for the overall theme of the wedding (perhaps you met by the beach, in Las Vegas, etc.). You can also browse online when looking for photographers’ portfolios. Still, as with most of the things in our lives, celebrities often inspire us with their wedding photos too. Remember that classic is always ideal, so recall the Kennedys, the Queen Elizabeth’s and other royal wedding ceremonies, etc.
Choosing The Style
There are various wedding photography styles to choose from (documentary, traditional, vintage, fine art, editorial, etc.). There are no good or bad, better or worse style. They are all great, the trick is to choose the one you find the best for your wedding. That means it should fit the wedding theme (if your team and venue are modern, vintage style
is not an option), your personality (if you are not into posing, then you should not opt for traditional genre documentary is preferable).
Choosing The Photographer
Let us get one thing clear first: if you want perfect results you will have to break the piggy bank and hire two quality photographers. That way you will have two completely different perspectives of the ceremony and wide choice of photos for your album. Choosing the photographers is mostly done by online research, but if you get a word-of-mouth recommendation that should be your primary choice. You will also choose them based on your preferred wedding photography genre. Make sure you meet the photographers before the very wedding. Taking the engagement photo session is a neat opportunity for that. You will be able to exchange your wishes and plans, and you will feel more comfortable in front of the lens of a person you know.
How To Pose For Wedding Photos
The wedding day is the day when more than ever before you have to find your inner photogenic groove. Now, if you have avoided all of this hassle by opting for documentary style, you do not have to worry about posing. If that is not the case, you should perfect your posing skills by practicing. Choose your better side (everyone has it) by looking at the mirror and tilt your head on the opposite side when taking the images. The traditional hand-on-hip pose can
make you look slimmer and sexy, so do not hesitate to use that weapon. Always keep your shoulders up and your head up, unless the photographer says otherwise. Another thing that the photographers will know, but do not be afraid to remind them is to find the most flattering lighting (natural light outside or soft indirect light inside).
The last and the most important tip is to find a common ground with the photographers and share all your ideas with them. If you have chosen the right ones, they will know how to make it happen.