When it comes to your wedding day there is only one thing you won’t see until it is over, and that’s your wedding photos. Everything else you will have seen, planned and booked, your wedding venue, flowers, dress, band, seating, decorations, the list goes on. Your photographer will capture the day for you, but you won’t see the output of their work until a few weeks after, that is why choosing your wedding photographer is so important, once the day is over your wedding photos are are only thing that capture and hold onto those moments, memories and feelings.
The first regret and sadly an all to common occurrence is not actually hiring a professional wedding photographer. Weddings are not cheap and everything can feel expensive so when you think that a wedding photographer doesn’t ‘add’ anything to the day itself it can be easy to decide they are not needed or money can be saved. Cost plays a big part in why couples may not hire a professional and when you have a family friend who has photography down as a hobby then it is easy to see why you may think it is a good way to save some money.
The fact is you are paying for something that you won’t see until after your wedding, the photographer will be there on your day however they will be in the background working away. You could save money and spend it on bigger flowers, better food, free drink, however what about capturing all these moments, your guests won’t care or even notice if you spent more on your flowers or food, however you will notice and regret your wedding photos if they don’t reflect your beautiful day, the emotions of your guests or all the hard work your put in planning your day.
Ensure you hire a professional wedding photographer, hire someone that knows what they are doing and have years of experience doing it, it will be one the best investments you will make. Don’t regret it.
You may have hired a photographer however another regret can be only hiring them for the ceremony, again this comes down to costs. With all the stress of planning your wedding it can be difficult to think how you will be on the morning of your big day, and so sometimes to save money it can be easy to not have this captured, however these can be some of the best photos of your day. Getting ready photos can be so much fun, you and your bridesmaids getting ready together, having a glass of wine with a whole range of emotions and feelings, from excitement, nervousness, to relaxed and fun in the room.
After the ceremony, yourself and your guests will feel more relaxed and the drinks will be flowing, with everyone feeling more relaxed lots of great photos can be captured of guests chatting, dancing and enjoying your day. Photos of all your close family and friends together for the celebration of your wedding, you have spent a lot of time planning it so ensure your capture moments of your guests enjoying it all.
When hiring a wedding photographer it is important to meet them, if not you may regret it when it comes to your photos. Their work maybe amazing however if you don’t feel natural and relaxed around them then it will show in the photos, all photographers will try to ensure you feel relaxed and at ease, however you may find it awkward around them which will then show in your photos. They may have some fun ideas for photos but you may not want that, the point is you want a photographer that you get on with, feel relaxed with, a photographer that almost feels like a guest too. By meeting your photographer first you can see how you get on, you may find it difficult or awkward with them which may then show in your photos, however if you click and feel like you are talking to an old friend then your wedding photos will become more fun, natural and enjoyable. Your best photos will be you just having fun and enjoying the day.
While relating slightly to the previous point, couples sometimes regret not having an engagement shoot, of course you can have something like this done after your wedding however the other benefit of this type of shoot is that it helps you feel more relaxed in front of the camera. Unless you work as a model you won’t be used to having your photo taken and the focus being on you, this isn’t about striking a silly pose, it is about just being more comfortable being infant of the camera and having your photo taken. Many photographers will include an engagement shoot in their full days package so that you can get use to working with them and help you feel more relaxed and comfortable. When you wedding day comes around you will be feeling more relaxed around your photographer with the only difference being you are in your dress this time!
In an age where is has become so hard to leave your phone alone for an hour let alone a day it is so easy for guests to turn into photographers themselves. Something that is often overlooked or not consider is an unplugged ceremony, ensuring your guests sit and enjoy the moment with you, no holding up phones, cameras, iPads, no looking down updating your Facebook status. Do you want to be stood their getting married to the person your want to spend the rest of your life with after spending months planning this moment to enjoy with all your special people in your life that you have invited to look back and see cameras all staring at you? Consider having an unplugged wedding and when you look back you will see your guests faces and their emotions.
Don’t have any regrets when it comes to your wedding photos, they will be with your for the rest of your life so hire the best photographer you can afford, meet them, chat to them, consider an engagement shoot and enjoy the day!