If there is one thing on your wedding day that is as important as your dress, its the photography. Photography on your big day will capture every aspect, every moment, every emotion and provide memories for years to come. So when it comes to it you want to make sure you do it right, get the best possible shots and most of all enjoy being snapped!
So, here are some things to consider to make sure you get the most out of your photography experience on your wedding day. And who better to give you these tips than Fiji wedding photography pro – Bianca Terry from Zoomfiji. Bianca herself is headed towards marital bliss very soon!
Take it away Bianca!
You’ve researched photographers and finally chosen one who you trust to document one of the most important days of your life. Now what? How do you ensure that you get the best possible coverage and the wedding photo’s you’ve always dreamed of? By doing your part. Here are some tips:
Forget what you think you look like in photo’s.
‘I don’t like my nose/chin/arms’, ‘I blink too much’, ‘This is my bad angle’. Photographers hear these type of comment’s all the time! We have photographed so many different kinds of personalities and body shapes so trust that we know how to bring out your best features – this is why you hire a professional after all. While being in front of camera may be new for you, being behind camera is not new for us as wedding photographers. Trust that your photographer will guide and prompt you in ways that will relax and make you feel and look the best you have ever looked in your life.
To put your mind at ease, have a Skype chat with your photographer beforehand and get to know them better, or show him/her some of the work you like from their website so they has an idea of what style you’re after.
Allow enough time to get dressed.
This may seem like a no-brainer but one of the main reasons for delays is when a bride is not ready on time. When a bride runs late, the photographer can only work with the time they are given and nothing thwarts creativity more than lack of time. It takes longer than you think to get dressed and put all the finishing touches on, especially if you’re wearing a dress that requires a bit of work to get into. Aim to be dressed at least half an hour before the ceremony is scheduled to start. This will give your photographer the opportunity to take some bridal portraits then you’re free to hang out with your girlfriends and maybe indulge in a cheeky glass of bubbles.
Create a timeline.
Allocating enough time to capture those once in a lifetime moments is the difference between good images and amazing images. Work with your photographer to create a timeline working backwards from the start of the reception. Allow for natural breaks in between for e.g. allow 10 minutes between the end of ceremony and the start of family photo’s.
Forget your photographer after your ceremony….for a while anyway.
We don’t expect you to be ready for photo’s right away, we want you to enjoy that fact that you just got married on a beautiful tropical island! Share this happy moment with your family and friends that have traveled far to witness this special moment. Allow them to mob you and enjoy all the attention – this is a great chance for us to capture a few candid photo’s. For 10 or so minutes, take a moment to soak it all in.
For family photo’s, start with big groups.
Let the key family members know beforehand when and where they need to be for photo’s then designate an organized, bossy Aunt or friend to get groups together. This will help the photographer immensely and save you precious time, especially if they’re working off a shot-list. Ideally you want to start with one side of the family first, get all the brides family together for a group shot then work your way down in size, as in bride and groom with parents and siblings etc. During this time your helper would have organized all the grooms family at your appointed spot for their images. Instead of chasing lost Uncles or cousins we can focus on creating truly memorable family portraits. By the end it should be just the bride and groom with their bridal party, ready for the golden hour of the day.
Keep your bridal party hydrated.
The H20 kind not the Fiji Bitter kind. It’s going to be a very long, very hot day so arrange for your wedding coordinator to hold on to some water bottles and grab them after the ceremony. Your cotton-wool smile will thank you for it.
Feed your photographer.
Consider why it’s in your best interests to look after your photographer. A typical day for a wedding photographer can start with a 1-3 hour drive and sometimes, another 1-3 hour boat trip to get to your venue. Lugging around heavy camera gear comes with the territory but after a hot day wearing your Sunday best, you can begin to fade. Sitting down to a meal at the reception might be the first break and opportunity to eat since your photographer left home, usually 7-8 hours prior.
Arrange with your wedding coordinator or caterer to have your photographer eat at the same time as you and your guests. The reality is, no one wants photo’s of themselves with food in their mouth. This thoughtful gesture will go down really well and usually the refreshed photographer is happy to stay a while longer then agreed. Overall your reception pictures will benefit from it.