Wedding Ideas: Photography and Photographers
When it comes to your wedding day, the saying goes that the only things you keep from the day are your rings and your photographs - so it's important to capture all those amazing, once-in-a-lifetime moments. We've seen a lot of weddings here at Guides for Brides, so we've selected some of our favourite wedding photo ideas to inspire you ahead of your own wedding day! Don't forget to visit our Real Wedding section to see even more shots from real-life couples.
Everyone wants their special day to be picture perfect. Elegant backdrops and stunning interiors mixed with smiles and close family and friends celebrating your big day – everything has to be perfect. But how do you ensure your wedding day is picture perfect? Here are our top tips to create a photogenic wedding to remember.
You chose the right wedding photographer, they took the perfect shots, you browsed for hours to choose the photos to make up the wedding album....then after six months the album is relegated to the bottom of the bookcase. Think about how you can enjoy your photos. Why not consider a personalised wedding album? Alternatively you could splash out on an Italian leather album to take pride of place on a coffee table or by adding some special frames to your gift list, you could feature your favourite wedding photography on the mantlepiece! Having your favourite shots arranged as a montage is a lovely reminder of that special day everytime you see it. Did you know that it’s possible to use photographs of your wedding to create a glossy coffee table book? Many photographers offer this service in addition to the traditional wedding album, and there are now specialist suppliers who can produce wedding books in a variety of formats. The phenomenon of "Venture" photography has demonstrated the importance of mounting and framing to get the best from prints, and the same applies to putting together an album, making it an art in its own right. Don’t underestimate the work involved in mounting the prints and putting together the album, which can often take longer than actually taking the photos, and always ask your photographer to include mounting your prints as part of the package.
The International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers (ISPWP) is a rarity among wedding photography organizations. Photographers cannot simply buy an ISPWP membership, they have to earn it.
Most brides are trying to shave their wedding costs and would still like the fairytale wedding but at a budget price. They will happily pay hundreds for “the Perfect Dress”, probably thousands for the venue and food, but will baulk at paying for a professional photographer because, “My uncle’s got a nice camera” or they know a friend of a friend who “takes quite good pictures”. But let’s look at a few facts. The dress will be worn once and either put in a box and never see the light again or end up on eBay after the honeymoon. The cake will have been demolished at the reception and all that cost will be a distant memory, apart from the headache of paying off the credit card bill. The only thing that will still be around will be the photos. Think about this; does buying a state of the art food processor turn you into Jamie Oliver? Does buying a set of oil paints and brushes automatically make you a Grand Master? Of course not, so why do people think that buying an expensive camera will make them a brilliant photographer? The camera is only a tool in the same way as an electric drill is a tool. It is the knowledge and experience of the person using that tool that makes them proficient in using it. Yes, the friend or relative has got a nice camera but does he really know how to use it to get the best shots of the day? It’s more than being competent with a camera. To photograph the most important day of your life takes a lot of skills. A good professional wedding photographer does a lot more than just take a few snaps of the day. * It is a given that they will have professional equipment and know how to use it instinctively. * They will have a full set of backup equipment in case of technical problems. * They should also have professional insurance to cover you in the case of lost or unusable photos on the day. * They will have undergone extensive training and experience in the skills needed to pose the guests and happy couple to get the best possible images from the day. * They might be a member of one of the recognised professional wedding photography societies, (SWPP, BIPP or MPA) and have been accredited by them. * They will know how to use the light to capture those poses without ugly shadows falling in the wrong places. * They will know to scan the area to avoid ugly backgrounds in the pictures. They have the skills to do all that and keep the day flowing. How will your friend or relative cope when things go wrong? What will they do when it’s pouring with rain and are faced with 100 or so guests that will have to be photographed indoors? What about camera breakdowns? Do they have the experience to pose groups of people and ensure that important guests are not missed? In addition to their photographic skills are the myriad other tricks that their experience has taught them:
There are so many photographers around, even talented friends and family, you’d think finding your wedding photographer would be easy. With a few simple ground rules, you’ll find that narrowing down that list gets a lot easier.
When choosing your wedding photographer, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. There are lots of professional photographers available but finding one which you both feel comfortable with and takes photos in the style and manner you want can be a little tricky, especially as the best photographers can be booked up to two years in advance.
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