Things Your Wedding Photographer Might Not Say, But Should
When it comes to photography, it’s not easy to be a wedding photographer – there are plenty of astonishing photographers out there that simply won’t touch weddings simply because of the stress that comes along with it. In fact this was precisely how I began as a wedding photographer – a friend of mine didn’t want to do one and palmed it off to me!
Sure, it is often fun and exciting to witness the clients’ happiest day, but it’s not all happy and magical every time. The pressure is on to produce the most fantastic wedding photos because they are going to be lifelong mementos of that very special event.
But some unforeseen circumstances can get in the way of what’s supposed to be a perfect shoot. And sometimes, there are things your wedding photographer might not say.
6 Things Your Wedding Photographer Might Not Say, But Should
Here are some of the things your wedding photographer might not say, but probably won’t.
“If you want the most beautiful and most dramatic shots, have the wedding outdoors.”
Do you want those gorgeous wedding photos posted on social media with dramatic lighting? They’re mostly shot outdoors. Natural lighting is flattering to all skin tones, and elements like the bright blue skies or the glowing sunset make for an amazing backdrop. However, you can’t always get that indoors with artificial light.
The epic wedding photos taken inside that you might love from social media are usually taken at venues that may be out of your budget, and in Australia they tend to be few and far between. That said though if you have the budget, so for it – they can be some very unique shots.
“Please do not look at me or the camera.”
For some studio shots and yearbook photos, the subject is always asked to look straight at the camera and people are trained to do so from a young age. But for engagement and wedding photos, the more candid the images are, the better!
Don’t look at your photographer unless instructed to do so for those traditional portraits, and just interact with your new spouse and all the guests as natural as possible and let the photographer capture those special moments.
“If you want to get the best shots, trust the photographer.”
Couples who get those out-of-this-world wedding shots are the ones who tell their photographers, “We’re down with anything you have in mind.” Granted, that gorgeous wedding dress is probably going to get dirty, but they’ll result in photos you’ll be proud of. They’ll even make the funniest behind the scene stories that you can tell the kids in the future!
“If you see me resting for a bit, it doesn’t mean I’m not doing my job.”
As much as photographers love capturing every moment in a wedding, standing for hours and lugging heavy equipment can drain anyone’s energy. A wedding day is often 10-14 hours long for a wedding photographer which not much of a break, or even food in between.
So, if in between the major parts of the wedding you see the photographer sitting down, know that it’s just a quick break, and rest assured that no heart warming moments will be missed!
“I don’t have the superpower to control the weather.”
If the couple and the entire family are hoping for nice weather on that special day, trust that the photographer does, too. No one wants to have a rainy wedding day, but if that happens, know that photographers are professionals who will still be able to take gorgeous pictures, especially if you’re willing to be more playful and use the rain to your advantage.
“I do encourage honest feedback.”
For many months, you and your photographer have been exchanging ideas about how the wedding coverage should be done. Every photo is thoughtfully captured to ensure that it reflects how special those moments are in your life. So, from the time of the delivery of the wedding photos, know that your photographer is waiting for honest feedback.
Do share your thoughts, whether you are ecstatic about them or have some constructive criticisms. As a client, know that your opinion is always valued! It’s a big reason why I run my annual wedding photo of the year contest!
The photographer plays a big role in your wedding, being the person responsible for the highlights of the ceremony and the reception and those sweet and funny, candid moments. And while there are some things your wedding photographer might not say, these are things that should already be known.
Wedding photography is not as simple as you might think; it takes creativity, an innate instinct, and an eye for detail through experience. If you give the photographer the freedom to be as creative as they can, they can surprise their beloved clients with wedding photos that reflect the true beauty of that wonderful day!
If you are looking for wedding photographers you don’t need to look elsewhere. Sven Studios can capture all the best things about your wedding––your special moments, the joy that your loved ones share, and yes, even the emotion that fills the air on your big day. Contact us today to know more about our photography services!