Help Your Photographer Capture YOUR Special Day

Every bride needs to know a few things about working with their wedding photographer to capture those amazing images that you absolutely love.  Here’s how to help your photographer capture your special day and get those images.

You hopefully hired a professional photographer that has done this many times.  So, trust your photographer to get those basic, must have moments like the first kiss or the walk down the aisle but also give your photographer the time and freedom to capture your day and your special moments.  You don’t need to create a basic “shot” list of the day’s events.   Don’t work harder then you have too – after all, you hired a professional who knows what to capture.   Make just a “short” list of five or six formal groups, besides the basic (bride, groom, bride and groom, wedding party, bride groom and family) that you will want.  No one wants to waste an hour of this special day posing for photos.  It’s a wedding – not a family reunion.

 

BE ORIGINAL

Don’t make the day all about recreating Pinterest photos that have been done over and over.  Those shots are no longer original, and those shots can “date” your image.  Keep your images “TRUE” to the day.

Share with your photographer details such as any plans to open a special keepsake that you will wear or give, or the fact that a special family member that has made the trip just for you.    For example of a detail shared – one bride had embroidered in her husband’s suit, their wedding date.

FREEDOM

Enjoy your day and let your photographer capture the natural emotions of the day.  The best images are not planned and capture feelings and shared time with others.  It’s the little things – the touch of a hand, the embrace of your Dad just before you walk down the aisle, that a good photographer will capture for you.  And these are photos that you will love forever.  They will always have a special meaning to you.

ALLOCATE ENOUGH TIME:

The TIME part also means that you need to dedicate a portion of the day for just the two of you to share time and let the photographer capture the essence of your love and emotion naturally.  That might mean taking a 15-minute walk or just going outside to the courtyard with each other.  Ask the wedding party and family members for a few moments of private time.  After all, it’s your wedding day and the most important thing is to share these moments with the man you just married and the man who is the love of your life.  Even if you choose not to do a “first look” take some time alone with one another.

Many brides like to get photos “out and about” on their wedding day.  Downtown by the Arch, by the Old Courthouse, Forest Park or other parks, downtown St. Charles, etc.  Some choose to go to their favorite bars or places where they had their first date.   Great shots many times include the front of the church where they got married.  It’s always fun when a couple includes hobbies and interest that they share as well.   You need to plan ENOUGH TIME between the ceremony and the reception to capture these shots.  Consider time to travel to the location (and potential traffic), time to get everyone arranged, and then time to get back to the reception.   Limit your choices to one or two locations that are most important to you.  It’s going to take more time than you realize, so talk to your photographer and let him/her guide you.

Wedding photography is important because those images keep your memories alive!  The images are the essence of the emotion of the day.  At the end of the day, it will be your story that is told.    Most photographers love to blend into the background and let all the moments come naturally.  And most photographers I know want to make sure that couples enjoy the experience as much as possible.

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Top 2 Reasons to Hire a Professional Photographer – It’s a decision you won’t regret!

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The most precious day of your life is surely your wedding. You want to ensure that every moment of your special day is captured in a unique and beautiful manner.   I have heard from many couples after the fact about their poor decision in hiring a friend or family member to do the job.   Their failures and inexperience lead to your heart ache and disappointment, and unfortunately you will never be able to capture that moment of time again.  You have spent thousands of dollars to have a one-of-a-kind unforgettable wedding and when it’s over you have only your memories and your photos.  Don’t you want the assurance that those photos will tell your story – your every special moment – as splendidly as the day was.

So – here are two compelling reasons NOT to hire that family member or friend:

Commitment – Professional photographers won’t flake out on you like a friend or relative, because they are obligated by contract to be there. They have backup systems, cards and batteries.  They know that equipment can fail, but that won’t stop them.  They are ready for that.  They are dedicated to doing a great job for you because they depend on your referrals to pay their bills.  Full time professionals are committed to doing the best job possible.  Would you hire an amateur to pull a tooth?

Experience – Professionals have spent thousands of hours photographing weddings.  They know how to get the best shots even in tricky lighting.   Professional photographers in other genre can struggle with weddings – weddings are a beast!  It’s a fast pace day, you have to know how to handle tricky situations like Aunt Betty and her I-pad up in the air, and then top in all with amateurs not knowing anything about posing. Professional experience is invaluable.  Your friend or relative doesn’t have that “experience” to predict or anticipate a special moment, and they don’t have the dedicated concentration to stay alert for special moments – like a mother’s admiring glance at her daughter getting married. 

RESULTS! – That’s what matter.   I love when couples look at their photos from a professional and many times they are surprised at the many funny and moving moments the photographer captured that they never witnessed.  An amateur isn’t going to capture them, and you’ll never know what you’ve missed.

Your wedding day only happens once!  Keep those precious memories and moments alive by NOT compromising on photography.  Cut the size of the cake, or the guest list – but keep the professional photographer – because you can savor those images for a lifetime.

 

3 Ways You Can Help Your Photographer Capture YOUR Memorable Moments

BrideStLouis 3 Ways to Help Your Photographer

BrideStLouis – 3 Ways to Help Your Photographer

Every bride needs to know a few things about working with their photographer to get amazing images that will thrill you and excite you every time you view those images.

First – Hire a professional photographer. They have the experience and equipment to do the job. Yes, there are lots of “good” cameras out there – but just having a good camera doesn’t get the job done. (So, let Uncle Jack with his “good” camera enjoy the wedding.) Professional Photographers spend Thousands of Dollars on highly specialized lenses, flashes, and have backup systems!

TRUST him/her to yes, get those must have moments (the first kiss, the walk down the aisle, etc.) but also give your photographer the FREEDOM and TIME to capture your day and your unique authentic special moments. While you may have one or two Pinterest photos that you would like to re-create with your photographer, don’t make the day everything about re-creating Pinterest photos that you’ve seen. Those are NOT your experiences. Keep your images “TRUE” to the day. That’s the FREEDOM part.

BrideStLouis - 3 Way to Help Your Photographer

BrideStLouis – 3 Way to Help Your Photographer

 

The TIME part means that you need to dedicate a portion of the day (especially just the two of you) to share time and let the photographer capture the essence of your love and emotion naturally. That might mean taking a 15 minute walk or just going outside to the courtyard with each other. Ask the wedding party and family members for a few moments of private time. After all, it’s your wedding day and the most important thing is to share these moments with the man you just married and the man who is the love of your life. Even if you choose not to do a “first look” take some time alone with one another.

Photography is more than just pushing a button. A good photographer understands light and also knows that the light during the day can change in an instant. If your photographer is working with off-camera lighting, give him/her a few extra moments to dial in the proper exposure as needed. In turn, you will be rewarded with sensational photos that will awe you. Not all photographers have that skill, but if they do, you will want to allow them the TIME to create for you images that you will absolutely love. These are priceless images that you will share forever.

Share with your photographer details such as any plans to open a special keepsake that you will wear or give, or the fact that a special family member that has made the trip just for you. For example of a detail shared – one bride had embroidered in her husband’s suit, their wedding date. Share special events as well. At one reception that I attended, the immediate family created a “MOB DANCE” for the couple. And then share things about yourself – both good and bad – that you feel will help your photographer better connect with candid moments that will convey the emotion of your day. Your photographer will then want to capture images of that person, detail, or event.

BrideStLouis - 3 Way to Help Your Photographer

BrideStLouis – 3 Way to Help Your Photographer

You do NOT need to give the photographer a list of the basic shots such as Photo of Bride & Groom, Photo with Wedding Party. They know this stuff! Also, limit the number of formals (unless you like spending 45 minutes or more just smiling at the camera!) Get photos of the immediate family, the wedding party, couple with parents – perhaps 5 to 7 different groups. At about 3-4 minutes per group (it takes time to get everyone aligned) that’s already 30+ minutes! And when you are doing formals, many photographers will ask guests & family not to take photos at that time, as eye will be looking all over the place!

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Most photographers love to blend into the background and let all the moments come naturally. And most photographers I know want to make sure that couples enjoy the experience as much as possible.

Wedding photography is important because those images keep your memories alive! The images are the essence of the emotion of the day. At the end of the day, it will be your story that is told.