TRUST is the key ingredient to ANY relationship and this is true for the relationship you have with your wedding photographer. There is a reason you chose YOUR Photographer to capture one the most important days of your lives. While you have a vision of how you want some of your images to turn out, for the most part, you are going to have to put a lot of trust in your photographer. Trusting your photographer with at least a few of the following things, will not only result in better images for you to remember your big day, but best of all, it will also reduce some stress as well. Allowing you more freedom to enjoy your day and have fun with each other, your family and your friends!
1. Choosing the Location of the Shot
Photographers welcome your input and we want to know what you like about your venue that made you choose that location for your wedding or reception. However, your photographer is looking at the location with your final images in mind. We are looking for things that will enhance your portraits, with natural light and physical features in the location. That being said, do not think I am too crazy when I suggest locations that look less than ideal to you, LOL! Professional photographers can use posing and our camera to make a patch of grass feel like you where in a field of grass.
2. Time of Day to Shoot
Lighting is key to creating beautiful images and using the natural light of the sun will produce the best images, but that doesn't mean any time of the day will give you the same results. Your photographer will know what time of day will be best to take those gorgeous outdoor shots that won't leave harsh shadows on your face or when to sneak outside to take some night inspired shots. I am never afraid to go up to a couple during their reception and ask if we can sneak away for a few minutes to take advantage of great lighting!
Trust your photographer to know what pose is the most flattering for you. They can see how the light is illuminating you and what is in the background. While some photographers will take into consideration your picture ideas, you shouldn't be offended if they shoot down your ideas. Most times you'll be working with limited time and light and you don't want to waste much of either on your big day. My GOAL on your wedding day is to get you the most portraits I can in the least amount of time. For this reason, I have a posing system that I use and can teach any couple to use. You just have to be willing to try new things and follow directions. You will be amazed at how much an image can change, just by tilting your head a different way or moving your hands.
4. Editing Your Photos
Trust your photographer’s creative eye during the editing process. They will know which images will look best in black and white, color, cropped and which ones to add special effects to, if any. Part of the editing process is a part of their style and this is one of the reasons you hired them. Trust them to use their skills to make each image stunning.
You have made an investment in your photographer and you have reasons why you chose them out of the 100’s of others you could have selected. Spend the time before your wedding getting to know them, their work and building a relationship with them. Make sure you are a good fit. After all, they will be spending the entire day with you!