Wedding Photography can be a bit overwhelming for engaged couples. There are so many decisions to make! Just a few of these decisions include which photographer to choose, what style of pictures to get, what way to pose, and where to get pictures taken. So, to alleviate some of your stress, we talked to the experts to get some tips and tricks of wedding photography.
What are the biggest mistakes couples make when it comes to working with a wedding photographer?
Lauren Schwarz of Lauren Schwarz Photography: Your wedding day is most likely the first time you have had to hire a professional photographer, and many times couples come to me with sticker shock and not understanding the value of hiring a professional to photograph their wedding day. That’s ok! It’s not something everyone knows about, and my job is to educate my couples and
ease their sticker shock with explaining why hiring an artist to capture their day is
valuable. It is all they will have left 40+ years from now to remember the day. To me, that
is worth every penny. I think it is so important to find someone talented that is close to
your budget and be willing to maybe extend a little more for someone you really love. In
the end it will be worth it!
Brittani McFadden of Brittani Elizabeth Photography: One of the main things that couples don’t always realize is that different photographers have different styles! I’ve known couples who booked one type of photographer while thinking that they would still get a different style of photography. Always, always, always, talk to more than one photographer! We want you to be confident and excited with your decision to work with us or any photographer.
Carina Romano of Love Me Do Photography: It's nice to get a list of "must have" photos, but when I am presented with a list of Pinterest-type photos from other photographers, specific poses and set ups, it is heartbreaking to me because I feel that I need to copy someone else's work in order to make my client happy. Photographers excel best when given the time and freedom to be creative in their own way. I always want to make photos of my couples that are unique and stand out, but if I have a list of poses they want together, I spend my time worrying about whether or not I got that shot exactly how they want it, and don't get to push my creative boundaries to creative something truly breathtaking.
What trends are you seeing within the industry in regards to wedding photography?
Carina Romano of Love Me Do Photography: The editing of digital photography changes year after year. There are different trends. A few years ago, it was trendy to have your photos look a little washed out and sepia toned. Now it seems like many are going the darker, moody route. The adventure wedding is really popular right now.
Brittani McFadden of Brittani Elizabeth Photography: Over the last few years there has been a lot less interest in print products and most couple prefer digital files. Most couples are not immediately looking for albums or prints, but they do like having the option to order those products later!
Lauren Schwarz of Lauren Schwarz Photography: I have been seeing a lot more intimate weddings that focus on the couple rather than over-the-top details. Couples are also choosing unique venues like arboretums, historical B&B's, and wineries.
How should couples prepare for their engagement session?
Carina Romano of Love Me Do Photography: I send my couples an engagement shoot guide that has all sorts of suggestions on picking a location or activity, what to wear, etc. But before that even happens, I ask the couple some questions about their relationship. What sort of things do they like to do together, hobbies, etc. Then, we come up with an idea of what to do for their shoot. I like the engagement shoot to tell a little story about their lives. My favorites are going to the place where they had their first date, where they got engaged, in their home together.
Lauren Schwarz of Lauren Schwarz Photography: Definitely choose a fun location that has meaning to the two of you! If you have trouble brainstorming, your photographer will have some fun options. I try to encourage shooting somewhere different than the wedding day to mix things up. I also encourage two outfit options, something casual and something a little more
Brittani McFadden of Brittani Elizabeth Photography: One of the most common things that couples say as we start their engagement session, is “Well we’re going to need A LOT of help because we’ve never had professional photos taken.” When I hear this it is actually like music to my ears! It is absolutely PERFECT that they haven’t had professional photos taken. because this gives me a chance to direct them and it makes it easier for them to understand what we’re going for!
To actually prepare for an engagement session, I ask our couples to take a look at some recent engagement sessions on our blog as well as our engagement gallery. This particularly helps when the prospective groom sits down to look through and get an idea of poses that they like and don’t like but also to recall what the “final” image looks like as I start to pose them in similar ways! It helps the couple to know that I don’t always want them looking at me, and I want them to laugh and cuddle and enjoy their time on camera.
Also, it never hurts to take a little extra time getting ready! Since there is some new bling, we often photograph hands so a nice manicure really pops in photos. I’ve had girls get their hair and makeup done and others who totally rocked their own hair and makeup. More than anything we want couples to feel beautiful and confident and it really shows when they do!
What advice can you give engaged couples about choosing a photographer?
Brittani McFadden of Brittani Elizabeth Photography: Don't forget to ask how soon you can expect to see photos! Does the photographer post a blog from EVERY wedding they shoot, when will that blog be posted, how long until the full gallery is done? These are things that leading up to the wedding don’t seem to matter too much, but after the wedding the anticipation is killer! Knowing the answers to these questions will help couples know what to expect after their wedding day.
Lauren Schwarz of Lauren Schwarz Photography: Do your research, check out lots of artists and narrow down the work you absolutely love first before reaching out and asking for pricing. Many photographers list a starting package option on their sites so look for that to get an idea. Then schedule consultations with your top three favorite ones. Meet in person, find out if you click personalities. Your wedding day is a long day and also the most important day ever, you will want to have someone by your side that will make you at ease and enjoy the day!
Carina Romano of Love Me Do Photography: Go with your gut! Meet your photographer in person to get a feel for their personality. When you book a photographer, you enter into a partnership with them. They become intertwined in your entire wedding day and planning process. You're going to spend a lot of time with them, so you want to make sure you work well together.
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