Wedding photographers have had numerous conversations with clients about what they HIGHLY advise do not on their wedding day. We want to give our clients the world, but at the same time we do not know too many other people who attend as many weddings as we do, so we learn a few things. So, Grand Lens Photography decided to share a few insights in this article.
You will not need your phone. However, you will need your lipstick.
Although you plan to carry a clutch, remember to pack light. There are a few items you will need for your wedding day and your cell phone is not one of them. Everyone you love is with you on the day, so leave your phone at home or in your hotel room. Not only will you be delighted to marry the one person you wish you spend the rest of your life with, you will always feel free when you do not have to worry about social media updating every 10 minutes. How liberating! We believe freshening up with lipstick or lip gloss makes you appear as though you just left the makeup chair. Don't plan on carrying a clutch? No problem! Ask an attendant or even your photographer to hang onto the tube for reapplication. Furthermore, bring a backup pair of comfortable flats. It is difficult to enjoy the time frolicking for your portraits if you have blisters on your feet!
IGNORE US. SERIOUSLY.
For photos that appear personal and candid, disregard that the camera is in the room. If your photographer wants you to smile or pose, he or she will tell you. Instead of focusing on where your photographer is, focus on the loved ones that are present with you on your day. Enjoy your time with them. Laugh, cry, pray, hug … do whatever it is you would do if you did not have someone there photographing. We believe this creates the most beautiful and purest of wedding images. Your photographer will be following you anyhow, so do not feel obligated to keep track of who you did not take a picture with.
The photographer probably does not require a shot list.
While it can be useful to deliver a short checklist of family members or objects you want to be sure are captured by the wedding photographer, specific photo shot lists are often more distracting than they are helpful. They are a bit stifling on the creative part of wedding photography and because weddings happen quickly, instead of focusing on the moments that are occurring, the photographer is reviewing the shot list to ensure they captured the requested photos—which may indicate you are missing something especially beautiful happening at that moment. At the end of the day, it is all about trusting the professional. Hire a photographer you love, and trust them to perform their magic.
Remember to smile and for crying out loud, hold that KISS!
We understand you are nervous and you feel like you are going to vomit, but smile. This is one of the happiest days of your life. If your wedding photographer is moving around similar to a stealthy ninja trying to capture candids and you have an angry face the entire time, your ceremony photos will be mediocre. Also, take your time walking down the aisle. There is no rush. This also applies to your first kiss as man and wife. If you and your partner share a 1-second airy platonic peck, the chances of the photographer catching it diminish by quite a bit and then the photographer will have to awkwardly recreate it later. Extra cool points to couples who share 2-3 kisses in a row!
Invest in photo prints. You will be glad you did.
Think of your wedding photos as an heirloom you will pass down to future generations. Storing your wedding photos on a computer or hard drive is great, but nowhere near the experience of holding them in your hand. Even if it is not in the budget to order physical prints right away, you can always purchase a wedding photo album at a later date.