Planning for the Perfect Wedding Photos

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Congratulations on your engagement! Taking time to relish the excitement of your new relationship status is important, but there’s loads of planning to get done now. After decided on a date and venue, one of the things at the top of your list should be arranging photography services. Your big day is one-of-a-kind, but it’s going to come and go before you know it. The best way to keep the memories from your wedding alive is through the photos that captured those oh-so-special moments—your first kiss as husband and wife, your first dance, throwing the bouquet, cutting the cake, and dancing with friends and family. These are things you’ll never want to let go of and, with the right photography planning, you’ll never have to.

With so many great wedding photo ideas out there, it’s sometimes difficult to keep your photography plans straight. Pinterest serves as amazing inspiration, but without proper organization and communication with your photographer, you could miss out on ideal photo-ops. So what’s the best way to plan for perfect wedding photos? The answer to this question will vary slightly for each couple, as everyone has different ideas in mind. However, you should never allow the process to become stressful. You’re planning the wedding of your dreams; don’t let your anxiety ruin the fun! To ensure you get the photos you deserve without the stress levels every bride and groom hate, here are several amazing wedding photography tips to keep in mind.

Hire a Professional Photographer

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You may be wondering if you actually need a professional, especially if you have friends and family who love taking photos. While it may be tempting to cut wedding expenses by cutting the photographer, this really isn’t a good idea. Quality photography isn’t just about having good equipment to use; the real pros develop an eye for good lighting, positioning, and angles from years of experience. When these photos are going to be what you share with your friends and family for years to come, you’ll want the look that comes with that experience. Trust us; the extra expense will be worth it.

Know What You’re Getting

Not every photographer is made equal and neither are the services they offer. Before you choose someone, make sure you view all of their wedding portfolio images, not just the highlight reel. A few great pictures does not mean they produce consistently high-quality work.

The kind of person you hire will be just as important as their skill when it comes to creating jaw-dropping wedding photos; it’s vital that you’re comfortable with their style, presence, personality, and work demeanor. In fact, you should pick someone you’d be happy to invite to your wedding as a guest.

You’ll also want to discuss wedding package offers and what they include in great detail. Never make assumptions like whether all of the images will be provided on a disc or that you the photographer will stay through the entire reception. Take the time to discuss your needs thoroughly so that you and your photographer are on the same page from start to finish.

Plan a Pre-Wedding Engagement Photo Session

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You might be thinking, “Wait, this article is supposed to help me plan the perfect wedding photos, not pre-wedding photos!” That’s true, but scheduling an engagement shoot with your photographer actually does play an important role in getting you the pictures you want. Not only does posing for engagement photos provide you with exciting images to display at your wedding ceremony, it also offers you the opportunity to meet with and get to know your photographer prior to the wedding, better preparing all of you for the big day. You’ll be more familiar with the way your photographer does things, as well as the product you can expect. Think of the engagement shoot as a practice run—it’ll help the process go faster and smoother when it’s time to photograph your wedding and reception.

Perfection Is in the Details

Obviously, you’ll have a lot of on your mind when planning your wedding ceremony and reception. One of the most important things to consider, however, is the décor. This isn’t just for effect; it’s also for your pictures. Weddings with lots of beautiful, well thought out, and meaningful decorations are the ones that result in absolutely stunning photos. These accents create a visual and emotional depth that simply can’t be edited in later. If you want gorgeous wedding photos, start by creating an appropriate backdrop.

Make a Photo List (and Discuss it Beforehand)

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Your photographer will likely have a number of specific wedding day shots that he or she usually takes for couples. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t request additional shots you feel embody your personal relationship. A great resource for finding amazing ideas is Pinterest; there are tons of photographers and couples alike who have shared their best images. Spend time looking through various options and create a list of what you like. Once you have a list compiled, ask to discuss them with your photographer. This allows him or her time to properly prepare to take all of the images you’re most excited about.

Relax and Have Fun!

Above everything else, make sure you have fun while your wedding photos are being taken. Your feelings and excitement truly shine through in these images. You’re making amazing memories so enjoy them!

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