You want to be able to look back on your wedding day and remember it for the rest of your life. While memories can be a great way to live in the moment, nothing beats being able to look through your wedding photos to truly relive the experience of marrying the love of your life.
Despite the fact that we all carry cameras in our pockets these days, some people still feel awkward in front of the camera. Particularly when it comes to the 'pressure' of capturing the perfect wedding shots.
But don't be concerned! Your wedding photographer isn't just there to take photos of you on your wedding day, no matter how they turn out. You're all in this together, and they want to be able to capture the perfect images for you, whether they're traditional or candid.
That is, your photographer wants to make you feel more at ease in front of the camera throughout the day so that you can work together to get the best shots possible. Photographers not only have experience in capturing the perfect shot, but they can also make you laugh and relax while you're having your pictures taken.
This is why we always recommend hiring a photographer with whom you feel at ease and who you can rely on to make you feel at ease on the big day. Here are a few ways to tell if they're a good fit for you.
Meet up before the job date
It may appear simple, but with social media, it is possible to feel as if you know someone without ever meeting them in person. However, it is critical to be able to meet with your photographer prior to your wedding day. Not only to see more of their portfolio work, but also to ensure that they are a good fit for your wedding day.
Meeting in person allows you to show your true self without hiding behind social media, and it allows your photographer to work off your initial reactions. They'll be able to tell if you're comfortable with a particular style of shot or if you prefer their style more after seeing you in person. Similarly, you'll be able to see how they react to your reactions and whether they can help you feel less stressed or more uncomfortable.
The more time you spend together prior to the big day, the more likely you'll be a couple and photographer match made in heaven!
Arrange an engagement shoot.
Experiencing the photo shoot beforehand is a great way to get to know your photographer and their style. An engagement photo shoot is also a great way to get some beautiful images of you and your future spouse for your engagement invitations or thank you cards.
This allows you to have a complete experience with your photographer from start to finish. You'll be able to book them, go through the photo shoot, and then go through the editing and delivery process with them to get a sense of how your entire wedding photography process will work.
Locations will be scouted together.
If you're getting married in a unique location or somewhere central in the city and want to scout out some different photo locations, make sure to schedule some time with your photographer to do so. This gives you a great opportunity to get to know them without the camera between you, and you can also bounce wedding ideas off each other.
It also allows you to see their expertise firsthand by seeing what kind of visual they have for your wedding. They'll be able to tell you which locations offer the best shots and how different lighting elements will affect your photos, giving you the best advice ahead of your big day.
First, reserve them for another family event.
If you don't necessarily want to meet your photographer one-on-one and have more photos taken of you, look at other major events on your calendar. Hire the photographer you want to book for these events, whether it's an engagement party, a first birthday, or an 80th birthday, to see how they interact with your family and friends.
This is another great way to see them working in the field, and it's especially useful for seeing how they capture the best group shots while blending in with the crowd.
It's also a good opportunity for your parents or wedding party to meet the photographer before the big day.
Photo shoot for boudoir
Consider a boudoir photo shoot for your significant other if you're not afraid of getting your gear off. This can be a personal gift that you give to your future spouse on the wedding day, and it can even include some of your wedding details, such as your veil, tie, shoes, or wedding rings.
It's also a great way to figure out if you're comfortable with someone! Getting your kit off in front of someone, whether they're your photographer or not, is a surefire way to cement the bond and make you more relaxed the next time you see them!
Get a pre-wedding photoshoot
If you don't want to take too much time away from your wedding day, consider doing a pre-wedding picture shoot beforehand. This is a huge element of wedding customs in other countries, especially in China, and can result in some beautiful images that will stand out from the throng.
Pre-wedding photographs frequently include complete hair and makeup (and are a terrific chance to schedule a trial with your hair and makeup artist) as well as many outfit changes. They can also take a long time, allowing you to get to know your photographer over a longer period of time.That person will be able to help you relax a little more when all of your wedding day nerves settle in! Plus, you'll feel less pressure to get posed shots as a couple on the day, and you'll be able to focus more on enjoying the moment and documenting it through candid images.
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