A shot list is a good idea for ensuring all key friends and family members are immortalised on the day, but micro-managing your photographer could mean they miss spontaneous, photogenic moments – work with your photographer to strike a happy balance.
Even if you do have key locations in mind, be sure to ask for your photographer’s input too – they will have a better idea of which locations serve better light at certain times of day, which will be key in achieving quality snaps.
Be sure to keep your photographer in the loop – either via you or your MC – about key information that will help them on the day. For example, which door you’ll be entering the reception in (so that grand entrance moment gets snapped) and who key members of your family are.
The most important thing to remember about your big day photography? Relax and enjoy yourself – your mood will naturally shine through in the shots.
Choose a location that echoes the theme of your day – if your vibe is relaxed and rustic, a grassy hillside will work wonders, or if you’re after a more old-world vibe, think about heritage buildings or an ornate entranceway.
Inviting your pets into your photoshoot is a surefire way of personalising your album.
Don’t feel as though every portrait has to be perfectly posed – “imperfect” snaps are the ones that will help you remember small, otherwise-forgettable details, such as a sudden, laugh-inducing onset of wind.
Think about the lighting of your photography when arranging the timeline for your day: generally, photographers’ favourite time for shooting is “the golden hour” which occurs 90 to 120 minutes before sunset.
Inject personality into your wedding album by contributing suggestions to your photographer for everything from props to posing ideas.
A good documentary style photographer will capture key moments of the day you hadn’t even realised they’d seen – if this is the look you’re after, be sure to look through your prospective photographer’s portfolio to see whether this is the kind of shot they regularly capture.