Keith Phillips is Director of Business Development for Classic Photographers, a Perfect Wedding Guide Featured National Vendor who offers high-quality wedding photography and videography services for the budget minded couple.
Recently he shared some incredible advice about photography and mistakes couples make when looking at their wedding prep.
Here’s what Keith had to say:
Photographers have a very unique point of view when it comes to a couple ’s wedding day. Their responsibility is to document every beautiful moment – from the décor to the first look, to the big kiss at the altar – and these tasks require that they pay attention to finer details in order to capture memories that the couple will have forever.
That also means we take notice of the imperfections or any mistakes that the bride or groom might make in preparation for me to photograph their big day. With that in mind, here are some of the top mistakes that photographers see and how you can prevent them from even happening.
Outdoor vs. Indoor (and Timing!)
A lesser-known factor that goes into both outdoor and indoor weddings is lighting and how impacts the wedding day photography. Your photos won’t necessarily look better or worse if you choose one location over the other, but having poor lighting is guaranteed to make for some less than stellar shots. For an outdoor wedding, make sure that you ’re aware of what time the sun is setting, and keep your guests out of direct sunlight if possible. Have extra sources of light on hand if you’re opting for an indoor wedding.
Timing is also key in the case of your day-of itinerary. Just as you would for any other vendors, keep your photographer in the loop at all times for any last minute scheduling changes. Communication is key! Additionally, if there are multiple locations on the agenda for your wedding, give the photographer more than enough travel time so they can arrive early. Hair,
Makeup, and Wardrobe
This may seem like a no-brainer, but rarely does a bride go a full wedding day without needing a touch-up or two. Brides will forget to check for lipstick on their teeth, so I always remind them to bring a hand mirror and have your bridesmaids on lipstick duty to triple check. Hair is just as important to keep in mind, as fly-aways are bound to happen after a few hours. Keep bobby pins on hand just in case.
Be mindful that your photographer will likely be around snapping pictures all day, so don’t ditch any part of your wardrobe until you’re certain the formal portraits are done. You may feel inclined to remove your jacket and loosen your tie, but the photographer might whisk you away as the sun begins to set. You ’ll have a short window for great pictures and don’t want to waste any time locating your jacket and retying your tie.
Most couples prep the photographer on their shot list, and leave them to really capture the finer details. However, there are a few things I recommend adding to that list that your photographer might need guidance on. For example, you ’ll want to make sure that you have a list of family shots you would like. Every family is different, and everyone has a different idea of who they want formal pictures of.
The sweet, getting-ready moments are must-haves, especially if you’re planning to exchange handwritten notes prior to the ceremony. It’s an intimate exchange, but you’ll be glad your photographer caught the emotion. This goes for any beloved family moments as well, like if a family member is helping you put on an item that’s been passed down through the generations.
While it can be a brief moment, shooting a first look? with your bridesmaids can be really lovely. This is great if some aren’t able to attend the shopping trip or have yet to see your dress in person.
Your wedding day is one of the best days of your life, and the formality of your celebration can make it difficult to remember to relax and not feel stiff in your posing. Keep in mind that your photos are forever, and being mindful of which shots you want in your album will help you to better prepare!
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