Hello lovely ladies, it has been a while since I’ve posted any updates here; I have to tell you wedding season is well underway and we are super busy here in our bridal shop in Birmingham. I adore this time of year when all our lovely customers have had their last fittings and are coming in to pick up their dresses ahead of the Big Day. We all get so excited for each of our brides and delight in seeing the pictures that we get sent once they are happily married!
Seeing all these stunning images along with a comment made in my facebook group The Bride Boutique – Wedding Coaching and Planning got me thinking about wedding photography and what needs to happen on the day to make sure you don’t miss out on a thing. One of my lovely ladies in the group asked for advice on which shots to get and how many etc. Luckily, I have my gorgeous husband on hand who happens to be Birmingham’s best wedding photographer… I am not biased at all 😉 to guide me on what is the best way to make sure you get the most out of your photography on the day.
Here are his top tips:
1. Choose a photographer you are comfortable with.
It is an absolute priority you feel comfortable and relaxed around your wedding photographer. You want to feel like you have known each other for years, as you will be spending a lot of time with them on your wedding day, even if it is from afar. You don’t want to feel like you are being followed around by a weirdo all day, that would not make for the best “natural poses” I would recommend a pre-wedding or engagement shoot to make sure you know each other better and the photographer gets a feel for how you are as a couple and can express that on the day.
2. List the important people to you.
Give your photographer a list of the most important people to you. Afterall these people are not always immediate family so may not get “called for the family shots” Whether it’s your second cousin twice removed, your epic boss, long-lost childhood friend or the dog, let your photographer know and then you can be sure they will capture them in the spirit of the day having fun and give you a precious keepsake.
3. Try not to dictate too much.
Remember you picked your photographer based on their images and if you read point 1, their personality. If you tell your photographer exactly what they need to do and when it will not allow them any creative freedom, which often produces the most loved images. Wedding photography is a balance between science and art, and you need to trust that as seasoned professionals we know how to make that magic happen. Of course tell us whats important, what sort of photography you like, the people important to you, if there is a must have shot for you but then relax and know that we can take care of the rest of it and produce the pictures of your dreams.
4. Must have poses.
Ok, so even if you have chosen a photographer who has a relaxed documentary style to their photography there will still be some structure. We need some base to the story and it often follows the same format, whether we are posing you for a picture or taking a more candid shot. I have included a shot list below of the images for the day which is used as a guide for both photographers and the couple. Not all of these are a must and it will be a conversation to have with your photographer which you absolutely want/don’t want and then leave the rest to the professionals.
5. Relax and enjoy your day.
You have discussed what’s important to you, you have seen your photographers excellent work, you are comfortable in their company, there is nothing else left to do but relax and enjoy your day. Don’t worry if it rains, seems too cold to get some outside shots or the grooms woken up with a big zit on the end of his nose; we are professionals, this is not our first rodeo and we have seen it and know how to overcome it all. Trust us to make the absolute best of it and allow us to be part of your day to record it all for you to treasure forever.
I hope that has helped you guys when it comes to images for your wedding day and thanks so much Phil for taking the time to answer my bride’s questions and sharing it here. If you are looking for an amazing photographer and think Phil’s style and approach will work for you head on over to his site now and see more of his work.
Until next time