No aspects of a wedding will last longer than the photographs or the memories. That’s why you’ve probably spent a great deal of time finding the perfect fit to photograph your big day. Once you have hired the perfect photographer, though, you’ll want to make sure he or she is able to produce the kind of images that first captured your heart. In order to do so, you may need to enlist the help of your wedding planner, and you may also need to be willing to put down the law with your pushiest, most phone-addicted relatives. Here are a few more ways you can help your photographer capture the memories of a lifetime, without being sidetracked by sideline shooters or unexpected tasks!
Be Ready to Have His or Her Back
Chances are you’ve chosen your photographer because you like both his or her personality and work. But, the images captured will only be as good as he or she is able to achieve given the schedule you set forth and the rules you outline for your guests.
So, if you the photographer’s eye and talent, help him or her out by setting clear guidelines for your guests. This might include asking them to refrain from using flash photography during the reception, and making sure no one rushes the aisles with a cell phone as you start to walk down the aisle. It might also include getting permission from your wedding venue, officiant or other wedding specialist to be able to take photos in certain areas or during certain portions of the wedding. (Not all ministers allow photos during the ceremony, and many have rules about how close a photographer can stand. If this is an important issue to you, find out ahead of time if your venue and officiant are photographer-friendly.)
Consider Hiring a Separate Service for
While most wedding photographers are great at getting candid shots of your guests, if you expect this to be your photographer’s main job you’re going to miss out on a lot of great moments, especially at the reception. After all, even a photographer can only be in one place at a time!
If you want a lot of casual, group shots at your reception consider placing signs asking guests to Instagram the evening using a custom wedding hashtag. Or, go a step further and hire a separate photobooth service. It can serve as great entertainment for guests, a wonderful record of who attended your wedding, and even the guest favors!