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Capturing Your Moments With Photography

Why are photographs important? After the cake's been eaten, the tuxes returned, the flowers wilted, and you've shaken the last grains of sand off from the honeymoon, what's left of the wedding? Those treasured glimpses captured in photographs can in a moment rekindle the joy for both of you

Selecting a photographer: Find a photographer with whose style you feel comfortable. Look closely at his or her sample albums, and don't be afraid to ask for references. A contract reserves the date and should confirm that the estimate given will be the total cost, excluding extra prints or specialty photographs ordered. Within this section you will find many photographers; compare the information listed, and make sure they meet your needs. The prices vary from one photographer to another; make sure you understand what the "package price" includes and what the extras are.

Consulting with your photographer: When you finally select your photographer, sit down together so you can communicate what you imagine your pictures to be. Be specific about formal and candid photographs. Be sure you let the photographer know what you expect. Ask if she or he can provide a checklist for you to fill out.

Digital vs. Film: Digital cameras have come a long way in a short period of time. Some of the new cameras are turning out incredible photos! However, as you meet with different photographers you will find that many offer the option of digital or 35-mm film and medium-format film or a mix of both. Sit down with your photographer and determine where their comfort zone is (film or digital) and what will work best for your particular needs.

Assigning a photographer's helper: You should submit a list of photographic requests to both the photographer and the helper so that your helper can guide the right people to the photographer.

Formal portraits before the ceremony? Today, more brides and grooms are deciding to have formal portraits taken before the ceremony to maximize time with their guests. If you do choose to have formals done before the ceremony, make sure to have everyone dressed and ready for pictures at the designated time.

Black and white photos: Traditional formal wedding photography can have a new and exciting look, such as the photojournalist style, a more candid documentation of the day. Black and whites are timeless and classic, and handpainting will make the photos an original piece of artwork you will be proud to display.

Store your wedding photos on CD: Ask your photographer if he can help you store your photos on CD for safekeeping.

Storing your photos: Store your wedding photos in a safe place; it is recommended that you keep them in the box provided with the wedding album. If you ordered the photos without an album, make sure you put them in an album soon after receiving them. Be sure you use "acid free" paper to mount your photos on. This will help ensure they last a lifetime. Always keep them someplace dry.

Engagement photo guest book: Instead of a guest book, consider using your engagement photo with a large matte area around it. Family and friends can sign around your photo with well wishes. This provides a wonderful keepsake to frame and display on your wall. Rarely do you pull out your guest book and think about everyone who was there to celebrate your wedding day with you.

10 Crucial Questions to ask your Photographer:

  1. How many weddings have you photographed and do you have references?
  2. What is your wedding day schedule?
  3. Do you have your own lighting equipment?
  4. What special techniques can you provide?
  5. Do you shoot digital or film?
  6. What are my album choices?
  7. Do you have an assistant?
  8. Do you take a break?
  9. What do you wear?
  10. In case of emergency, do you have a backup photographer?

Reader Comments (2)

Great post - some excellent tips in there and a great list of questions to ask.

Just something else to add - if the photographer shoots on digital, find out what their backup systems are once the images are completed - you want to make sure they're keeping backups in case of fire, theft or accident :-)

Jon Tinkler - Melbourne wedding photographer

May 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJon Tinkler

Great advice Jon! Thank you!

July 21, 2015 | Registered Commenterweddings.banquetevent

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