Top 15 Things Wedding Photographers Recommend TO NOT DO ON YOUR WEDDING!
Your photographer is perhaps one of THE MOST important professional you'll have at your wedding day! After all, they're solely responsible for the wonderful wedding photos you'll get to pore over, cherish and have as a keepsake forever.
Read the biggest mistakes other professional photographers (including myself) have seen other couples make—so you can avoid them—below.
1. Not finalizing the Wedding Day Schedule!
Talk to your photographer before finalizing the schedule for your wedding day. There's a lot to consider in terms of photographing and natural light. Certain times of day are more photogenic than others (midday sun casts harsh, unflattering shadows on the face while late-day sun casts a beautiful, warm glow on everyone).
2. Letting Relatives Get in the Way
3. Not Hiring A Second Shooter
For large weddings, I definitely recommend hiring a second photographer. Some couples want to save money but honestly this is one of your best investment for your special day. Besides, they provide a whole different perspective! Twice the coverage and twice the images you will get!
4. Not Getting Help Organizing Your Guests
If you don’t have a wedding planner or coordinator to do this, designate someone whom you trust to organize people for the pictures! I always inform my couples to send me a list of all of the immediate close family members and guest. This list will assist me in organizing for the group shoots and it also provide me an opportunity to respectively address each person by their name.
Doing this as helped me to get those group pictures going smooth, quick and fun!
5. Trying to Make Things "Perfect"
Remember that this is YOUR DAY and YOUR WEDDING! Don’t stress. Let loose and have fun!
6. Skipping the First Look Photos
One of the main reason why I enjoy the First Look Photos is because it creates this intimate, quite and sacred space where it’s just you two! I also found that this eliminates the anxiety and fear while walking the aisle!
7. Waiting Too Long to Book Your Photographer
If you find a great photographer, book them! Good photographers book a year or more out and won't be available forever. Nothing is more frustrating than choosing a wedding photographer and then finding out that they booked your date a week prior.
8. Looking at the Camera All the Time
Some couples want candid photographs, but they always feel like they need to look up at the camera and stop what they're doing. It could be an instinct, but remember—unless the photographer asks you, try to act natural for the best journalistic shots.
9. Not Providing a List of "Don't Takes"
Let the photographer know before the wedding if there are certain photos you don't like. It can be anything from 'I don't like the photos you took of us not smiling' to 'I don't like wide-angle close-ups.' It totally throws off a photographer's creative approach when a bride or groom spills their feelings while you're in the zone.
10. Not Choosing a Photographer You Connect With
Make sure we get along. I work with clients for sometimes two years or more. If we don't get along, it's going to be a very long and bumpy ride.
11. Skipping the Engagement Session
Engagement sessions increase the confidence and comfort level of the couple in front of the camera and allow them to practice having their photo taken in a fun, no-stakes atmosphere. Ultimately, an engagement session will let the couple see why the photographer might tell them to do something funny, and this leads to wedding day comfort and trust in the photographer.
12. Not Hiring a Professional Photographer
Choose someone who's a professional, not just anyone with a digital camera and a website. Make sure the photographer you choose has an education as a photographer, has apprenticed or interned with other photographers and paid their dues, or has the experience and ability to consistently capture the moments of your wedding no matter what situations may arise.
13. Forgetting the Details
Think about spending a few minutes to decide what other elements are important to photograph. Did your sister make special wedding favors? Are you carrying important heirlooms with you? Bring an extra invitation and try to keep those special elements easily accessible for photos.
14. Not Smiling—All the Time
"Tell all of the individuals walking down the aisle to look up and smile. If they're too nervous to smile, they should at least keep their head up and stare down the aisle. This helps keep the face from the [unflattering angle] that happens when you stare at the floor while walking.