Every bride I have met has always said "It went by so quickly!", the cake, the flowers, the music, it all passes, but the photographs will live on forever. Looking back at that day 50 years from then, it will be the photos that cements that special night. That's why we want to do everything we can to make them fabulous and to make sure you are prepared.
1. Find the Right Photographer for you
Photography is so much more than just having a nice camera or taking a lot of pictures to cover your wedding. On one of the most important days of your life, you don't want to hire the wrong photographer, or even worse, a "Non Professional Photographer".
We recommend that you head on over to our section called, "How to Find a Great Wedding Photographer" for more specific ideas on what you should be looking to for.
2. Ask Questions and Express your Vision
Wedding Planning is no easy subject and interviewing potential wedding photographers can be a daunting task. Regardless of if you are hiring Cody Sigouin Wedding Photography or another studio, we have created a list of "Questions to Ask Any Wedding Photographer" to help you find the perfect photographer for your wedding day.
3. Give Enough Time for your Photography
9 out of 10 weddings do not run on the intended schedule. Its important to provide enough time for your photographer to get all those amazing shots and for you and your photographer to be on the same page when it comes to the wedding timeline. We have a "Photography Ideal Timeline" for you to get an idea on how much time it should take for amazing photos.
4. Think About Lighting
In photography, lighting is very important. Being able to control both natural and artificial lighting to a set creates new moods and contrast. When choosing a venue, pre-wedding prep and the ceremony, its best to think about big windows and natural light. The more light your photographer has, the more flexibility they have to create the style you want.
5. Book an Engagement session
There are many reasons it's important to take engagement photos! As a couple who likely has never been photographed professionally before, the engagement session is one of the greatest services you and your fiancé can take advantage of prior to your wedding. This gives time for you and your photographer to get to know each other and work together. Having an engagement session will give you more less formal photos for your home and also make you more comfortable with being photographed professionally.
6. Location Location Location
When it comes to the Engagement Session, First Look, Ceremony, Couples Photos, Reception, Etc. the location you pick is going to set the mood for your photos. Think about what style you want for your wedding and for your photos, find places that are special and match you guys as a couple. This will make you guys more relaxed, fun, and match your amazing personality.
7. Prioritize What Shots you want Most
Like we talked about in number 3, your timeline is very important and you might not have as much time as needed. A great idea to do is make a list of the shots you really want! Stick to a few important shots, and address what is important to your photographer. While you're giving these ideas to your photographer, attach a few photos of yourself that you think you look amazing in.
8. Take First Look Photos
If you don't want to miss a minute of your cocktail hour, schedule your portrait photos before the ceremony. You'll be less nervous to walk down the aisle and your hair and makeup will be perfectly fresh for the photos.
9. Golden Hour
If you are early in the planning stages or have your heart set out for sunset photos, then definitely plan for your wedding couples session to be around an hour before sunset. This gives your photographer time to take those perfect shots in the best lighting!
10. Enjoy the Day
Try not to sweat the small stuff, and allow your photographer to frame the shots and to know what will look best is exactly what your hiring them for. If you're always looking for the camera, it won't capture you quietly chatting with your new spouse or laughing with your friends. Your photographer should be the one worrying about capturing those moments, not you! So have fun and enjoy that special day.