Getting the Perfect Shot
Five Top Wedding Photography Tips
By: Maureen Sangiorgio
Planning a wedding can be a daunting task. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when it’s time to choose the venue, flowers, and photographer. Follow these top tips to choose the best photographer for your taste, and to make sure your special day goes smoothly.
Tip #1: Choose carefully. When searching for a photographer, talk to recent brides, and check out local listings. Research their websites and blogs, and peruse wedding photos to get a sense of their style and personality. Also use social media such as Facebook and Twitter pages to not only check out their postings, but to ask around for referrals.
Tip #2: Arrange a meeting. If you like what you see on their sites, and their fees are in your budget, contact the photographer to see if they’re available for your wedding date. It’s also a good idea to meet several photographers to find the one that meshes with your wedding style, and what you envision with your photos. The more time you spend with your photographer the closer he or she will get to capturing the fairy tale story you want your wedding day to be.
Tip #3: Prioritize. Think about what pictures are important to you, and compose a list to hand to your photographer. For example, if you’re the outdoorsy type, you’ll want to include several shots of you and your wedding party in an outdoor setting with nature as a background. If family is more important to you than venue, be sure to include the list of all family members so the photographer can check them off.
Tip #4: Begin early. Photographs taken at the start of the day are a great way to begin your wedding album. This is the only part of the day that the groom isn’t a part of, so it can serve to fill in the back story of how you prepared for your wedding. Examples include a shot of you sipping a mimosa while still in your bathrobe, pictures of you slipping in to your wedding dress, or getting your hair and make-up done. Be sure to include whoever is helping you get ready, such as Mom helping you with your veil.
Tip #5: Learn from the pros. If you go with a professional wedding photographer, he’ll know the standard shots to capture the most important parts of your wedding, such as you walking down the aisle, and your husband slipping the wedding band on your finger. For the standing, posed shots, follow these tricks professional fashion models use to look tall, thin, and elegant: Lift your chin to elongate the neck and look more regal. When holding your bouquet, hold your elbows away from the body to make your torso look thinner, and your bosom look fuller. Shift your weight to your rear foot to move your hips into a position that makes you look curvy and sexy.