The Wedding Photos You’ll Want in Your Album

Your wedding album is supposed to be a beautiful reminder of your big day, and that’s exactly what it should be, but so many brides and grooms neglect to have shots taken of some of their most special moment, perhaps because they’re not considered that important at the time, or simply because they don’t think to do so. This is something you should avoid if you want to be able to look back on cherished memories from every part of your wedding day.

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With that in mind, here are some wedding photos you might not have thought of, but which you will definitely want in your album:

The Getting Ready

Getting ready for the big day is one of the most exciting moments of your wedding. The anticipation is mounting, you’re surrounded by your nearest and dearest and it’s your last few moments as an unmarried bride or groom, so document it! Get pictures of you having your hair done or the groom and his guys doing their ties up – trust me you’ll treasure them just as much as that picture of you kissing at the bottom of the aisle.

Your Wedding Dress

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Before you put it on, get the photographer to take a picture of your wedding dress in all its glory. Sure, you’re going to have hundreds of photos of you wearing it, but if you have one of just the dress, when you look back at it in years to come, you’ll remember how you felt seeing it in the shop for the first time.

The Groom’s Accessories

Artfully arranging the groom’s accessories (tie, button, etc.) and taking a few shots of them will do the same for him as seeing a picture of your wedding dress will do for you and it also makes a great arty shot to put up on the wall too.

Your Wedding Rings

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Having the photographer take a nice close-up shot of your wedding rings is a must for any happy couple. Have him, or her take one photo of your rings separately where you can see the detail and one of you holding hands with both rings visible as a symbol of your love.

The Bouquet

The bridal bouquet is such a traditional, not to mention beautiful, part of the wedding that it would be a shame not to get a few artistic shots of it both with and without you holding it. You might also want to have your bouquet pressed and framed, so you can keep it as a memento forever if you aren’t fussed about throwing it to your single friends.

Pre-Ceremony Shots

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Most brides and grooms have their photographer concentrate on capturing the wedding ceremony as it’s in progress and the reception as the day goes on, but very little time is given to the pre-ceremony proceedings. Traveling to the venue, walking to the church, crowds of loving family gathering for the big event – these are all things that deserve to be captured as extensively as the actual wedding itself.

Which less common wedding shots did you have taken? Which are your favorites?

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Everything You Need to Know About Choosing a Wedding Photographer

Your important day is coming up, and you’re planning everything to be perfect! It’s easy to get caught up in the details such as flowers and dresses. Often overlooked is an important question: who is the photographer?

You need to remember that your special day only happens once. So capturing those amazing moments is important. If you choose your photographer correctly, you’ll relive those special moments and fall in love all over again every time you see your album.

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Here are some top tips for choosing the best photographer:

Pricing

It can be tempting to find a cheap photographer as an afterthought. Perhaps a student friend of the family, or even a family member. These people will not do as good as a professional! It may be expensive splash out on a pro, but you’ll reap the rewards when you see the difference years of experience make. Your images will be with you for years, so it’s important to make sure you haven’t cut corners!

Style

You cannot underestimate your personal preference when it comes to style! A photographer may be at your budget, and may be amazing in everyone else’s eyes. But look through their portfolio first. If you don’t see images that take your breath away, you need to keep looking! It’s rewarding for a photographer if you love their work. They’ll be your special moments captured in the style you love!

Think about how the photographer edits the images. Do you prefer a more traditional look or something more off the wall? Do you prefer natural shots or posed portraits? There’s a lot to consider, so make sure you choose well!

See an album

A photographer may wow you with their portfolio, but what can they offer you on a full day? If you see only one fantastic shot of someone’s wedding, make sure you ask to see the rest too. The photographer may get that ‘wow factor’ shot. You need to make sure they’re capable of capturing every important moment of your day and make it look great.

Personality

Make sure you get on well with your photographer. The more comfortable you feel around each other, the better your images will be. If you’re nervous around each other, they’ll be less likely to get up close and capture the moment! If you’re welcoming and friendly, they’ll return the favor with the most beautiful pictures! It’s not all down to you, though, if you just don’t get on with a photographer you should stop and find someone else!

Timing

You’ve found a photographer, fallen in love with their images, and decided to use them. Perfect! Make sure that you book their services ASAP.

The chosen photographer may be taking bookings a year or two in advance. Make sure you don’t miss out by booking early and considering your options long before the big day!

Remember during the summers months is a popular time to get married, so photographers are particularly busy at this time of year.

Good luck on your journey in finding a photographer for your big day!

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5 Tips for Choosing the Right Wedding Photographer

The photographer you choose for your wedding day should be one that creates the perfect snapshot of every special moment on your special day. Knowing how to find that perfect photographer involves knowing the right questions to ask. Below are five ways to help you choose the perfect wedding photographer.

Get Wedding Photographer Recommendations

Budget and style are both main factors when choosing your wedding photographer. Before you choose a photographer, be sure to ask family, friends and coworkers for recommendations. Remember that you will be spending a long day with this person, a memorable day at best, and you want to make sure that you like them. You want a personable photographer who dresses well, one that is calm and one that does not yell out orders. Ask friends who have been married who they used for their wedding and find out if the photographer was the quality photographer you are seeking.

Style of Photography

Look at the style of work the photographer produces. Think about what style you want to have at your wedding when you are photographed. Do you want a posed look? Do you want a sleek look, or a more real look? This can help you begin the process of elimination when you add or delete photographers from your list. Check out the photographer’s website, and see if their style matches what you are looking for.

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Photographer’s Website

When you go to a photographer’s website, it should be easy enough to navigate so that you see their best photographs and possibly a complete wedding picture set. You want to see photos of the getting ready process and the actual ceremony. You want to see what happens at the end of the wedding and the reception. The photographer’s website is a good reflection of what type of photography you can expect for your wedding pictures.

Ask Questions

After you narrow your list down to a few potential photographers, pick up the phone and start asking questions. You might want to ask if they shoot films or digital pictures. You want to ask them about the style of photographs they take at the wedding and what your wedding party is expected to do. If you are going to be getting ready for the wedding in one place and then going to a church, ask the photographer how they handle that circumstance. Ask them if you need more than one photographer to cover the entire wedding and reception. Another sign of a good wedding photographer is when they ask you questions about what you want and what your expectations are for your big day.

Personalized Wedding Photographer

The wedding photographer you choose should be asking questions about your wedding needs as well as how you met your fiancé and have background information on each of you. They should show interest in your lives, how you met and what you do for a living. This is the personal part that is important. This helps the photographer know both your personalities and have a better feel for what you both want on your wedding day. The questions they ask should all be about you and your wants for your special day.

Working together with a wedding photographer is the secret to any successful wedding and wedding photos. It is important that you choose someone who will make the day special and memorable for everyone attending the big event.

Lauren Spencer is a Wedding Photographer from Sydney, Australia. She became fascinated with photography the very first time she saw a digital camera and says she is very lucky to make a living from something she is truly passionate about.

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