Weddings are an important milestone that you’ll want to remember for the rest of your life. That is why wedding photography is so important, and it will be a way for you to look back at moments from the big day even after years or decades have gone by.
Because of how important it is, it is essential that you end up with picture-perfect photos that capture the best memories from your wedding. For that to happen you need to plan your wedding photography carefully from top to bottom.
Come Up with a Mood Board
A mood board is a collection of photos that you can put together to provide your photographer with a general idea of the wedding photography style that you want. All you need to do is look for wedding photos that you find appealing and compile them, then show them to your wedding photographer.
Although there are other ways to communicate your preferences, a mood board is by far the most effective. It will allow your photographer to ‘see’ what your tastes are like, and make it easier for them to satisfy you.
If you want you can take it a step further, and compile a mood board of photos that you don’t like. That way the photographer will be able to know what type of photos to avoid as well.
Identify a Few Key Locations
Aside from impromptu candid photos taken throughout the wedding, you’ll probably want some posed portraits or group portraits at key locations. However traveling between locations and setting up for portrait shots will take time – so you should limit the number of locations and identify them in advance.
The best option is to schedule some time for your photographer to visit the venue beforehand so they can provide input when selecting the location. It will help ensure that the lighting, backdrop, and other factors are perfect.
In some cases you may be able to arrange your wedding décor based on the locations that you select as well – to accentuate them, or simply leave the space free for the sake of convenience.
Limit the Number of Group Portraits
Group portraits may seem like a great idea as they allow photos of lots of key people to be taken at the same time. However as mentioned previously it does take time to set them up, especially when the people involved need to be roped in from different parts of the wedding hall.
Keeping that in mind, you should try to limit the number of formal group portraits and keep them to a minimum. Typically you’ll want one with your family and one with your partner’s family – but aside from that you should just rely on informal group shots.
Overestimate the Timeline
Every well-planned wedding has a timeline, and your photography should be a part of that. However if you want everything to go smoothly you should always overestimate the timeline and pad it.
The more time that your wedding photographer has, the better your photos will turn out. Any additional time will provide them with the opportunity to look for good shots, observe the lighting, or even just pose people a little bit better.
On the other hand if you were to underestimate the timeline everything would be rushed, and your photos would suffer for it. Needless to say that is the last thing that you want.
Get a Secondary Photographer
When you’re talking to your wedding photographer, you should ask them about using a secondary photographer. That way while the main photographer is focused on capturing key moments, the secondary photographer can take reaction and other candid shots.
The reason you should ask your wedding photographer about it is because it helps if both photographers have worked together in the past and are familiar with one another.
For (very) large weddings you may want more than just two photographers – but that is up to you. At very least having two photographers will ensure that a lot of great shots that would otherwise have slipped through the cracks will end up on film instead.
Aside from these tips the one other things that you should definitely do is ask your London wedding photography service for their recommendations. Assuming you enlist an experienced wedding photographer with several years of experience, it would be a shame not to take advantage of what they know.
Ultimately your goal should be twofold: First you should make sure that both you and the wedding photographer are on the same page, and that everything is planned so that it is easy to capture the right shots. If you can pull that off, you should end up with exactly the type of wedding photos that you want.