You read that right!
We have been to a lot of weddings and you know the painful truth we face often?
That the bride and groom think that all they have to do is a hire a great photographer and he will take care of everything and also give you the best photos of your life.
So many things are left to Murphy’s Law when you decide to go this direction!
This is one of the biggest life events in your history and you are buried with the information overload that makes you think that the vendors will take care. You really can’t take the blame for things you don’t know. Right?
I’m going to share some precious secrets with you to be the perfect client while also ensuring that your pictures turn out exactly how you imagined them, perfectly!
PLANNING IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ITEM ON YOUR CHECKLIST
STAGE TEAM READY
Get your best act together when you create your “stage managers”. They are the kind of people who understand your priorities and expectations and try to manage the many unpredictable situations to your benefit.
Their primary objective would be to keep at bay the over enthusiastic uncles and aunties clicking pictures of almost everything that no one ever gets to see. All they do is to get in the way of the photographer you hired! Needless to say, be sure to write a thank you note and get them beautiful gifts to show grace for their invaluable role on your special day.
An uncluttered and well done room can make a big difference. Get ready in a clean and spacious room which has access to a lot of natural light. Leave your wedding and ritual related luggage elsewhere. The space will leave you in a zen state of calm which will be visible to both friends and family who visit and the camera that will bask in the peaceful energy.
DOUBLE CHECK THE SCHEDULE
You’ve made the lists, got everything done, have a network of people who are pulling strings and everything seems to be good. Prior to your wedding day double check your schedule, just in case. I strongly advice you ask your best friend to do this for you so you save yourself from last minute stress.
FIND A PHOTOGRAPHER WHO FEELS LIKE DEJA VU
Whatever the price, remember to trust your gut about the photographer. If you get a sense that you’ve shared many coffees in the past, if he understands your stress, if he cares enough to befriend your family to understand your story, you’ve chosen right.
Your photographs are going to be a clear reflection of how comfortable you are not just with a camera but also the person who held it. For there will be nothing awkward about being yourself and displaying all your emotions.
Alternatively, if you are uncomfortable around them, it’s highly possible your going to look uncomfortable in the pictures as well. It would definitely get reflected in your pictures
Wedding photographers are people with big hearts who celebrate you, invest in your story and day – we just want to love you! So, without a comfortable connection, nobody wins.
TIME IS EVERYTHING
SPARE SOME FREE TIME
Keep yourself relaxed on this day. Be extremely generous about your free time. The day is going to whizz by and you will be caught in a whirlwind of action. What is really crucial is for you to take many deep breaths, cherish the small things and absorb the precious moments.
If you are suddenly free between tasks, don’t rush into the next one. Let that be your breather and sing, dance, talk to a friend, write down your emotions, create voice notes. Whatever you choose to do, these will be as refreshing as a sip of water when you didn’t realize how thirsty you were.
CREATE A GAMEPLAN WITH YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
This is probably the most important investment of your time. Set apart some time to talk to your photographer and consult with him about lighting, colours, timelines and any other advice he can give you. He’s seen many a bride (that’s why it’s important you choose an experienced one) and will be able to tell you what worked and didn’t.
This may be the first time for you, but it may be your photographers umpteenth. Your photographer will be sure to remember, ALWAYS, all the things that went wrong. His experience can be an amazing value addition to your planning process.
This is why us professionals, begin working with the couple early, sometimes even as early as a year ahead, so that we aren’t overlooking any detail.
SOMETHING FROM US
PHOTOSHOP IS NOT THE MAGIC WAND
You hire a photographer to shoot. They may able to hide a blemish or uneven skin for certain pictures. But here’s a no. A big emphatic no. They can’t use photoshop to add hair, open eyes, look 4 sizes thinner, add a special glow to your face, make you smile, change your dress, hide people. Phew. It’s true, we’ve had those requests.
A photographer who has a photojournalistic approach towards their job, capture the story of your wedding day, your hugs, your smiles, tiny details and emotions. The most important thing we learn as photographers is to not judge you. So you should be kind to yourself and not judge you too. This is you, this is how you look. Embrace it and you’ll see how much you love your photographs!
LISTEN TO YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER
It may seem weird when your photographer asks you to tilt your head in weird angle or hold your hand in a particular way. If you’ve chosen the right photographer, trust him to do his job. He sees things you can’t and the final shot will turn out to be stunning.
BE A MIME
When a photographer is shooting, we might ask you to engage in a conversation to spark some intimate moments. But, if you keep on talking, your moving lips may be captured in awkward shapes. If you are in a deliberate, natural ‘chatty shot’ that’s awesome. But in more styled, artistic or family photos, it makes them very difficult to edit and look natural.
ENJOY YOUR BIG DAY
You’re thinking this is a cliché?
Go ahead, be in the moment, remember that this is your day celebrating love and all that happy emotion will show in the stunning pictures of you and your big day!