You are getting married! Whether you have decided that a tropical destination wedding is your speed, or a traditional “I Do” at home, there are 5 things that every bride should know to ensure that they end up happy with their wedding photos. After all, when the dust has settled from the madness of getting married, the photos are sure to be the most important keepsake from your big day!
Communication is key
Happiness with your wedding photos starts with choosing the best photographer for You! You will be much happier overall if you hire a wedding photographer who you can talk to, relate to, and who makes you feel like more than just another wedding. You should be comfortable to express yourself, ask questions, and not be afraid to make requests. The best wedding photos are born from a confident, relaxed bride and groom…and how is that possible if you simply do not ‘click’ with your photographer?
Reality vs. Pinterest
Now let’s assume that you did your research, found a wedding photographer you ‘click’ with and hired because you loved their artistic style and creativity. You will probably find that many photographers will welcome a requested shot list, because after all, this is part of the good communication rule, right? However, please keep in mind that this is not an open invitation to bombard your photographer with awesome pictures you want recreated from Pinterest! Photography is all about light, and expecting your wedding photographer to recreate images in different environments or under different circumstances is a recipe for disappointment.
Trust the Pro
It is understandable that for certain personality types, asking you to relinquish control can be like asking you not to breathe! However, when it comes to your wedding photos, it is crucial that you hand over the reigns and trust your wedding photographer to create beautiful images. You will enjoy your wedding photos so much more if you allow the artist to work! I have seen too often what happens when a well-meaning, type ‘A’ bride, bridesmaid or family member tries to take control of the photoshoot; the pictures suffer for it.
You have a wedding day schedule, please stick to it! Beautiful wedding photos take time. If you are half an hour late getting out of hair and makeup, you are chewing into the time available to get those beautiful wedding portraits. If you want to receive congratulations from every one of your guests after the ceremony, then account for that in your timeline. Even the best photographers will not be able to perform miracles with a 15 minute photography session! If you value your wedding day memories being displayed throughout your home later, then please don’t be in such a rush to get to cocktail hour with your guests!
Read the Fine print
If I only had a dollar for every time a bride contacted me a few days after her wedding, excitedly asking when her photos would be ready! When your wedding day ends, a photographer’s work is just beginning. An average wedding takes about 20 hours to edit! And if it is high season, it might take awhile before you see any photos. So, when you sign your photography agreement, please take a moment to read the contract. How long does your photographer say he or she needs to return your finished wedding images to you? Will the editing be included in the package price? How many photos are you guaranteed? Having a clear understanding of what to expect ahead of time will help you to avoid frustration and disappointment later.
I hope this helps you along the road to wedding photography happiness! If you have any tips of your own, or suggestions from the bride to the photographer, I would love to hear them!
***AND OF COURSE! If you are looking for an amazing Riviera Maya wedding photographer, then contact us today for a free consultation!