10 Wedding Photography Tips for the Client - Stuart Meyer Photography
1) Have a List of Questions for the Photographer: Prepare a list of questions before the first meeting, like "does the photographer travel outside the Indianapolis area, how many years has the photographer been photographing weddings, or is the wedding photographer familiar with my venue?" On this website, I have a section of Frequently Asked Questions, or FAQ, which might help answer some basic questions before our meeting.
2) Hire a Wedding Event Planner: Consider hiring a professional event planner - trust me, they are a great investment. Before the wedding, they will coordinate with your vendors, such as wedding photographers, videographers, venue, florists, etc. On the wedding day, they will attend to details that no one else will, such as lining up the groomsmen and bridesmaids before the wedding ceremony, calling the reception hall to make sure the wedding cake has arrived, and making sure the limo driver knows how to get to the reception. Some Indianapolis venues will provide a coordinator as part of their services when both the wedding and reception are at the same location.
3) Have an engagement photography session: There are two good reasons to have an engagement photography session. First, it lets the photographer and couple get to know each other. They can get a head start on the wedding day and build a working rapport. Second, it allows the couple to become accustomed to being in front of the camera for extended periods. Often, this is the first time that both of them have been with someone whose sole purpose is to photograph them all day. The photographer will pick up on subtle cues and make adjustments to his/her shooting style for the couple's comfort.
4) Make a List of "Special" Pictures (but keep it limited): If you have favorite poses or need certain relatives in separate pictures due to blended families, it's a good idea to make a list for the photographer before the wedding. This list is only for special pictures and should remain short, less than 10 items. If the list is over ten poses, prioritize them into "must haves" and "less important shots".
5) Schedule Enough Time for Wedding Photography: It's easy to underestimate the amount of time needed for wedding photography. In addition to "picture-taking", time needs to be alloted for lighting setup, posing, and gathering up people for photographs. Your photographers will adjust to whatever time is provided for wedding photography, but keep in mind that having more time allows them to think through situations and experiment with creative approaches, resulting in better quality wedding pictures. Before finalizing the wedding day schedule, seek input from your wedding photographer so that he/she can best meet your photographic needs in the allotted time.
6) Make a Photography Friendly Wedding Day Itinerary: A typical wedding day lasts 8 to 10 hours and can be split into five photography categories - getting ready, pre-wedding, wedding ceremony, post-wedding formals, and reception (with travel). Of course, this will vary according to your needs, but for a sample photography friendly itinerary for a 4:30 wedding click on the link - Wedding Photography Itinerary.
7) Schedule Your Wedding Photography with the "Best Light" in Mind: Aside from the composition of wedding participants, lighting ranks near the top in obtaining high quality wedding pictures. For more details click on the link - Best Light for Wedding Photography.
8) Bridal Beauty Tips: Brides, it's good to start planning ahead for your grooming several weeks in advance. Leaving it to the last minute can result in problems which can easily be avoided. For basic bridal beauty tips click on the link - 5 Bridal Beauty Tips.
9) Groom Grooming: Guys, your bride-to-be will want her man as handsome-looking as he can be. Click on the following link - 5 Groom Grooming Tips.
10) Have the Bouquets and Boutonnieres Delivered Early: Bouquets and boutonnieres are an essential part of wedding photography and should be delivered early to avoid last-minute delays.
I hope these Wedding Photography Tips helped with your wedding plans.
Author: Stuart Meyer