Guest blog – wedding assistant’s perspective part 2
Wedding photography – the nitty gritty planning
Folowing last week’s post, here are some more hands-on tips. Getting down to the nitty gritty with do’s and don’ts!
So, once you have met your photographer and signed him/her up, you need to start thinking about details. What’s next? Can I leave the talk with the photographer to the last minute? How much details do he/she/they need?
Wedding photography do’s
1. Book your photographer early!
This is especially important if you are getting married in high-season (May-August) Good wedding photographers book up early – even a year in advance.
2. Book an engagement/trial shoot
Wil always includes this for free with his weddings. You will have an initial meeting with your photographer, finding out what they provide and at what cost. You have booked them in for the actual date, but have you talked about engagement photos or a trial photo session? Here in Norway engagement shoots are not so common, but we always want to have a trial shoot with our bridal couple. This will help you and the photographer to develop your vision for you wedding photos and you can use the photos to keep up the excitement before you big day. A test shoot also heps us to get to know the couple better, see how they react to being photographed and really get to know their personalities.
3. Talk about your venue and location
Take your photographer to see the church and venues. Getting to see the venues makes a big difference – it ensures the photographer is prepared, can look at lighting, spacing and start planning the shoots. You might need to go with them even; a good photographer will do the leg work, allowing you to use your time for more important things, like the nail saloon and finishing that dastardly seating plan!
4. Think about where you are getting ready
I know this sounds a bit strange – but the variety of locations we have seen where brides get ready is vast. Everything from dingy hair saloons to their own house, amazing hotels and private venues. These are not the most important photos – you have probably put in loads of thought to your venue and party place, but a good “getting ready” location equals better photos from throughout the day. It´s also going to be the one and only chance for the photographer to get those shots of your dress and so on, much nicer in an old barn or in-front of an big open window than hung over your old knickers and shoe boxes. If you haven´t got anywhere nice then ask your photographer for tips on how to brighten it up or plan a quick shoot with you and your girls between there and the church – these are your last photos as a single woman!
5. Don’t forget the groom!
Remember to make sure your man is game for having photos taken of him getting ready too. In my experience these can be some of the most moving shots of the day – he´s a big softy really, but we knew that already didn’t we?!
Planning wedding portraits
1. Using props
Do you want to use props for your portraits? Anything from a hammock, an old framed photograph, swing, flowers, person, champagne bottle, you name it. Only your imagination sets the limits. This can really put a personal touch to your images – make sure you mention this to your photographer. Or if you don’t have any ideas, let them make some suggestions.
Again, I haven’t seen this done so much in Norway, but I like to come prepared with a couple of items which can make the shoot a bit more playful. The photoshoot will usually last anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours, and can often involve tiresome kids, so keeping it fresh is important.
2. Important wedding elements
Are you wearing your mums’ veil? Did your husband-to-be build the fence outside the venue? Is your niece wearing your old necklace? Little things like these are important to convey to the photographer.
3. Example photos
Send your photographer examples of photos you like. You don’t need to be Madame Tussaud and recreate every detail, but iPhone snaps of other people´s best wedding shots, or links to Google images you like, anything to give us a clear idea of your preferences and style will help your photographer recreate your vision and deliver really personal images.
That´s all from me for now. And remember, if you are having trouble communicating with your photographer you can always check in with the assistant – we are the real brains behind the operation you know 🙂